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PLYMOUTH, MI-Karmann USA officials have broken ground on Karmann Manufacturing LLC’s new 144,250-sf facility, which is scheduled to be completed in January. The addition will bring the Karmann USA campus to more than 180,000 sf on 10 acres, and will generate up to 250 new manufacturing jobs.

Worldwide, Karmann employs more than 10,000 people in Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico and the USA. DeMattia Group has been assigned to handle design/build services for the project.

The new Karmann Manufacturing facility is located across the street from Karmann’s US headquarters, which DeMattia completed last winter. Both facilities are located in Plymouth near Beck Road and M-14 giving Karmann and their clients easy access to the I-275/I-96 corridor.

Karmann USA and Karmann Manufacturing, LLC are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Wilhelm Karmann GmbH, of Osnabrueck, Germany, a 103-year-old German based automotive supplier. Karmann USA, founded in Livonia in 1996, moved to its new Plymouth Technical Center in December 2002.

Karmann is known for its vehicle engineering, tooling, convertible roof systems and niche vehicle production. Karmann’s current customer list includes the Big Three, Volkswagen, Audi and Renault. Karmann currently builds the Mercedes CLK Convertible, the Audi A4 Cabriolet and the Chrysler Crossfire coupe and convertible.

Karmann’s new manufacturing facility will produce convertible roof systems for various automotive companies including the Big Three. Major areas of the plant will include sub-assembly areas, general assembly areas, warehousing, maintenance, a sequencing center, employee support areas and office space. Much of the production tooling and equipment for the assembly operations will be custom made by Wilhelm Karmann GmbH in Osnabrueck.

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