Because of the power of the people

Because of the power of the people

"It's all possible because of the power of the people working in this facility," said Manufacturing Director Giacomo Asteggiano. "I thank the Clarkston team for their commitment and passion."

The Clarkston plant is the first and most important step in the company's plan to expand in North America, said Stephane Vedie, Magneti Marelli Holding USA president and CEO.

The township board approved the deal in January 2013, the manufacturer moved into the facility in July, and they started work in October, Vedie said.

"In November, we made our first deliveries. That's truly unprecedented," he said. "Our employees have demonstrated a passion to serve customers – there is impressive potential to grow in the plant and bring in a lot more jobs."

The facility has 76 employees and is at about 50 percent capacity, he said.

The Italian manufacturer moved into a vacant industrial building on Bow Pointe Drive off Sashabaw Road last year. The company was considering three locations in North America, and Independence Township Board sweetened the deal with a $30,000 tax abatement.

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