Greenfield, IN (June 28, 2017)—Pure Development officially broke ground on a mission-critical manufacturing facility for a growing Chinese supplier to the U.S. automotive market.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell and leaders from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) joined executives from BeijingWest Industries Co. Ltd. (BWI) and Pure Development (Pure) at a groundbreaking celebration Wednesday in Greenfield.
Pure will invest approximately $40 million to develop the 274,000-plus-square-foot facility on 42 acres in Progress Park just west of Elanco Animal Health along Interstate 70, with BWI investing an additional $50 million over the course of its 20-year lease. BWI will use the facility – its first in the U.S. – to manufacture brake and suspension systems for its customer network of global automotive companies like Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors and Honda.
BWI was formed in 2009 when the company bought Delphi Automotive’s brake and suspension business, which was a part of General Motors at the time. Since then, the business has added 25 vehicle manufacturers to its customer base, generating about $2 billion in revenue last year.
“We are very excited to partner with BWI and get this project under way,” said Drew Sanders, principal at Pure Development. “By being truly client-focused and results-driven, we provide customized service and build-to-suit solutions, and we are excited to work with the great team at BWI on this important first facility in the United States.”
Full construction of the facility is expected to begin in July, with BWI planning to begin operation in the Greenfield facility by August 2019. Paul Hemmer Company is Pure’s construction partner and design consultants include CSO Architects, American Structurepoint and KZF Design. Mark Writt of CBRE represented BWI on the project.