Wooster, OH, Auto Supplier Facility Celebrates 40th with E-Mobility Expansion

Marc McGrath, President of Automotive Americas, Schaeffler

A global automotive and industrial supplier recently launched the company’s latest expansion, its U.S. center for advanced e-mobility development located at its existing Wooster, Ohio, facility.

Schaeffler Group USA Inc., which delivers high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications, as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications, commemorated the facility’s 40th anniversary with a grand opening celebration and unveiling of the $60 million capital investment.

Already established as the center for Schaeffler’s torque converter product line, the newly renovated Wooster campus will equip employees with the capacity for the production of hybrid modules, the first of the electrification projects, which combines the electric motor with a hydrodynamic converter to yield a P2 hybrid solution. Beginning in 2018, the facility will produce the module for a major U.S. automotive manufacturer. The team is also engaged in pure electric vehicle technology development, including the production of Schaeffler’s e-axles.

“From 2007 to 2016, our automotive business has outpaced market growth by nearly double and we have expanded our manufacturing capacity in Wooster to keep pace with growth in our automotive transmission business, ” said Marc McGrath, president Automotive Americas, Schaeffler. “This latest investment, which builds upon our recent $36.5 million expansion of our Fort Mill, S.C. facility, prepares us for the production of future transmission technologies and further optimizes the facility’s vertical integration.”

Opening ceremony for the expansion of the Wooster plant. Among the guests were (from left) Patrick Lindemann, Vice President Transmission Systems; Bruce G. Warmbold, Regional CEO Americas; Bob Breneman, Mayor of Wooster; Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG; Mary Taylor, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio; Georg F. W. Schaeffler, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler; Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive; Oliver Jung, Chief Operating Officer; Shelly Flint, Director Human Resources Transmission Systems and Automotive; and Marc McGrath, President of Automotive Americas. Photo credit: Schaeffler