Auto parts company takes 500 local jobs to Southfield

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – International Automotive Components recently announced it would relocate its corporate North American headquarters to Southfield in spring 2011.

The 10th-largest original equipment manufacturer parts supplier in southeastern Michigan, according to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2010 list, will take more than 500 employees out of Dearborn and into a modern facility in Southfield.

The company has experienced aggressive growth since it began in 2007, and the new 114,000 square-foot facility at 28333 Telegraph Road just north of I-696 serves as a more centralized location, with quick freeway access for both metropolitan Detroit patrons and IAC’s other locations in Troy, Plymouth, Warren, Port Huron and St. Clair.

“After thorough reviews of numerous potential locations for the new headquarters, we determined that the Southfield location provides IAC with the best overall opportunity to improve the work-life balance for our associates,” said Robert Bryan, senior vice president of IAC North America and Asia, in a statement.

“The new headquarters is at the center of the metropolitan Detroit area and also is more conveniently located for our customers, suppliers and numerous other visitors.”

The move will relocate nearly a quarter of the company’s employees out of Dearborn, but is expected to “provide additional infrastructure and capabilities to support IAC’s evolving global operations,” officials said in a statement.

Between now and the spring move, renovations will construct an annex building adjacent to the existing structure, which will serve as an advanced engineering and technical center in the future.

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