HELLA recently opened its new U.S. headquarters in Northville, Michigan, replacing the company's previous facility in Plymouth Township, Michigan, which it called home for more than 20 years. The new space also replaces two local satellite offices, consolidating operations under one roof.
The modernized, bi-level facility is nearly 115,000 square-feet and boasts an accredited in-house test lab that will be ISO 17025 certified and capable to perform EMC, vibration, and environmental validation testing. The facility also will house a Lighting Tunnel equipped with a customized goniophotometer providing measurement technology, which will be certified to IATF 16949 and ISO/IEC 17025, and will be able to support product development as well as validation testing.
"The opening of our state-of-the-art new headquarters further validates our commitment to the North American market and opens the doors for endless opportunities in the future," said Steve Lietaert, president of HELLA Corporate Center USA. "With an open layout and ideal location, it gives us the space, connectivity and resources we need to optimize efficiencies and expand our reach in the region."
HELLA's new facility features a collaborative and flexible, open-concept work environment with modern office equipment, along with focus rooms and meeting spaces. Accentuated with unique lighting fixtures and surrounded by natural light, the space also houses a fitness center and Plum Market cafeteria, among other amenities.
At the new U.S. headquarters, HELLA is developing electronics products and lighting technology solutions. The location houses central functions, such as purchasing, sales, information management, finance and controlling for the North America region.
HELLA currently has more than 350 employees at the new Northville location, and a total of around 800 U.S. employees.
HELLA partnered with REDICO, a Michigan-based developer, Biddison Architecture + Design and Amson Development to complete the project, which officially broke ground in November 2017.