Marelli has signed a multi-year lease to relocate its North American headquarters to Southfield, Michigan.

The company will occupy nearly 200,000 square feet of the brownfield site at 26555 Northwestern Highway, with, it says, 'room to grow'. The mid-century modern building, which has been unoccupied since 2015, located at the corner of Lahser Road and the John C. Lodge Freeway.

"While it's important for us to be in close proximity to our automotive clients, it's just as important to ease the transition for our employees," said Gene Spektor, Senior Vice President Sales and Business Development North America, Marelli. "Our new location will have minimal impact on the average commute, and will provide employees with a modern, open and collaborative work environment."

Bringing local teams together under one roof is described by the company as a 'key step forward in Marelli's integration process'. In May 2019, Magneti Marelli and Calsonic Kansei came together as Marelli, a move which created one of the world's largest global independent automotive components suppliers.

In a recent interview Marelli CEO Beda Bolzenius said: "The integration of the two companies is the most important thing if we want to grow, if we want to have cross sales, if we want to have the right synergies." Consolidating the teams into a single location in metro Detroit will naturally drive efficiency and cooperation, the company maintains.

The three-story building, which is undergoing extensive renovations, will feature modern workspaces for nearly 500 employees, 75 conference rooms, an auditorium, cafeteria, fitness room, and plenty of indoor/outdoor meeting space. Approximately 100,000 square feet will be dedicated to testing and lab equipment to support R&D activities for the company's automotive lighting, electronics, exhaust, interiors, powertrain, ride dynamics and thermal solutions business units.

Marelli worked closely with the City of Southfield and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on site selection. 

Marelli currently has two locations in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and one in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The company is planning a staggered move-in to begin in late 2020, with full occupancy expected by March 2021.