Borg Warner tech center a success for Emerging Sectors initiative

BorgWarner's expansion of its Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills is a sign of the continued success of Oakland County's Emerging Sectors® initiative. The expanded technical center will support up to 200 jobs, including many engineering positions that pay more than $90,000 a year. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson launched Emerging Sectors in 2004 to attract sustainable, high-paying jobs in the knowledge-based economy.

The technical center will "support programs in North America and supplement (BorgWarner's) global network of technical centers. The nearly 46,000-square-foot addition will include space for program managers, sales and engineering professionals," BorgWarner said in a press release. The company expects to complete the expansion in early 2015.

"BorgWarner's decision to expand in Oakland County shows its confidence not only in the strength of the Emerging Sectors, but also the quality of life we enjoy throughout the county," Patterson said.

"BorgWarner has my sincere gratitude for investing in and bringing additional jobs to our county."

Oakland County, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the City of Auburn Hills worked together with BorgWarner to take the project from paper to shovels in the dirt.

"We are pleased to be adding jobs in Oakland County and appreciate their cooperation and guidance throughout the process," said Scott D. Gallett, vice president of marketing and public relations at BorgWarner.

As of Feb. 28, 2014, 266 Emerging Sectors companies have invested more than $2.66 billion in Oakland County creating 30,444 jobs and retaining 14,640 jobs - a combined total of 45,084 jobs.

These figures do not include the additional jobs created by BorgWarner.

BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for powertrains around the world. Operating manufacturing and technical facilities in 60 locations in 19 countries, the company delivers innovative powertrain solutions to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance. For additional information, visit

Published: Mon, Mar 31, 2014