Magneti Marelli has announced that its exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Mich., near Clarkston, has celebrated its official opening.

"The inauguration of the IndependenceTownship plant is a significant milestone for Magneti Marelli," said Magneti Marelli Holding USA President and CEO Stephane Vedie. "With the addition of the exhaust plant, each of the company's business lines is now represented in North America, providing and expanding footprint to serve our customers here and around the world."

Eugenio Razelli, CEO of Magneti Marelli noted the expansion of the company's global footprint. The exhaust business, with a very significant presence in Europe, South America and, since few years, also in China and India, is now adding an important presence also in the US."

Magneti Marelli said that the plant strengthens Magneti Marelli's position in North America adding to its product offerings that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket and motorsport.

The 100,000-plus square foot plant located in suburban Detroit is the first Michigan manufacturing facility for Magneti Marelli, whose North American headquarters is in nearby Auburn Hills. 

Employing 75 people, the plant manufactures hot end exhaust manifold integrated with catalytic converters and will reach a production capacity of about 300,000 units per year.