Subaru preps $48.2 million Michigan tech center

Subaru Corp., one of the hottest automakers in the U.S., plans a $48.2 million technical center in Van Buren Township, Mich., near Detroit.

Subaru Research and Development Inc., a subsidiary of Subaru, will build the 60,000-square-foot center on 76 acres of vacant land near Interstate 94 and Willow Run Airport in the Detroit Region Aerotropolis development zone. The project will employ 101 and be completed by 2022.

Michigan is supporting the project with a $1.5 million performance-based grant and the site is being considered for road improvements, wetland mitigation and environmental remediation. The township is also considering a property tax abatement for the project.

Ohio and Indiana also bid on the project, according to a Michigan Economic Development Corp. memo.

Subaru employs 33 in Ann Arbor, Mich., and more than 14,000 globally.

The automaker is on a roll in the U.S., with record sales of 647,956 in 2017. U.S. deliveries this year through July have advanced 6 percent from a year earlier.

Subaru's only U.S. manufacturing plant is in Lafayette, Ind.

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