By LOU WILIN
Autoliv Nissin Brake Systems America and its 200 workers may be moving from Tall Timbers Industrial Park to a building to be constructed a half-mile away.
The company sought feedback Thursday from Findlay City Planning Commission on plans for 194,400 square feet of industrial and warehouse space at the southwest corner of Bigelow Avenue and Bright Road. An additional 28,800 square feet at the building would be for offices.
The maker of sensors for brake systems will likely be returning soon to seek formal approval from the planning commission.
Autoliv hopes to have construction started by October and finished by September 2018, said Tim Mayle, director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development. After that, more time would be needed to install and test machinery and equipment, he said.
Autoliv Nissin Brake Systems America is now located at the Nissin Brake Ohio plant, 1901 Industrial Drive. Its parent company is Autoliv Nissin Brake Systems, a joint venture formed by Nissin’s parent corporation, Nissin Kogyo of Japan, and Swedish electronic auto parts maker Autoliv.
Mayle called the joint venture a “perfect technology marriage.” Brake systems are increasingly activated by sensors, which Autoliv makes, he said.
In addition, the Findlay location for Autoliv Nissin Brake Systems America is ideal because it is between Detroit and Marysville.
“There’s a good opportunity, they believe, to supply the Big Three (General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) in Detroit as well as Honda in Marysville,” Mayle said. “Currently Autoliv (the parent company) does supply the Big Three and of course, Nissin supplies Honda.”
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