REDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI-Axle Alliance Co., a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler, is investing up to $30 million to expand its Redford Township operations and up to $10 million to open a new manufacturing center in Kings Mountain, NC. AAC, which was created by DCX in 2001 to build axles for DCX’s heavy truck nameplates, began manufacturingaxles at its sole plant in Redford Township about a year ago.

AAC president and chief executive officer Christof Traidl says the plant would be expanded to include a new gear set machining and assembly operation. AAC’s new plant in Kings Mountain will do assemblywork.

AAC now has about 100 hourly production employees. The company says that number should grow to about 500 total by the end of next year.Traidl announced the plans for the expanded and new operations at a joint press conference with the United Auto Workers. AAC and the UAW signed a new national agreement that will cover all AAC plants in thecountry.

“With a national agreement, you spend less time in negotiations and more time focused on the business at hand,” UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says. Redford Township is in Wayne County.

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