BorgWarner Center New Chapter in Noblesville
An executive with Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) says employees will be able to "just feel the innovation, the collaboration, the creativity" of the company’s new technical center in Noblesville. Vice President of Product and Manufacturing Strategy Tania Wingfield was on-hand today as the company broke ground on the $28 million facility. She says the location, which will consolidate existing centers in Anderson and Pendleton, will allow for maximum retention of the employees at those operations.
The technical center will house about 300 employees from Anderson and Pendleton. Wingfield says there are plans to add 20-25 new positions as well. She says the manufacturer’s workers will play an active role in designing the layout, saying the company is "looking for a high level of employee engagement." Wingfield says, in addition to the excitement of a new environment, employees will benefit from having technical, sales, customer service, IT and other departments under one roof.
Great Lakes Capital Director David Arnold, Hagerman Inc. owner Jeff Hagerman and Indiana Manufacturers Association Chief Executive Officer Brian Burton also took part in this morning’s groundbreaking.
Last month, the Noblesville Common Council approved a more than $4 million incentive package for the company. At the time, Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear cited BorgWarner’s "proven track record as a market leader in clean, energy-efficient propulsion systems for the automotive industry." The city will also make improvements to 141st street and build a private road to the technical center.
Construction on the center is expected to be complete in the spring of 2018. It will include research and development, testing, prototyping, engineering and design space.