WIXOM, MI — Lord Corp. — which makes specialty adhesives, polyurethane coatings as well as electronic, vibration and noise control solutions for the automotive market — has expanded its Detroit area facility in an effort to better serve the automotive market.
Located on 4.8 acres in Wixom, Mich., the newly constructed 19,020-square-foot facility houses the company’s automotive sales office and includes a 7,736-square-foot high-technology formulation and testing laboratory, automotive aftermarket training classroom, and a garage for hands-on automotive application training.
The company said the new facility is indicative of its growth and cradle-to-grave approach to the automotive industry. Responding to a growing product line and development opportunities for the automotive OEMs, Lord Corp. expanded its operations in the 1990s to better service both the auto assembly and repair markets. However, according to Brett Luketic, Lord Corp.’s market manager-automotive OE/aftermarket, Lord’s dedication to automotive solutions necessitated the construction of a new space to allow for enhanced testing and prototyping capabilities.
“Key to our product design and development process is realistic testing,” said Luketic. “As such, we needed an area that would allow for activities ranging from process qualification to durability testing.”
According to Dan Adam, senior global account manager, Lord’s investment will help better serves its customers.
“The new facility will allow our technology-based company to better serve and train automotive customers on a variety industry issues — ranging from acrylic, epoxy, and urethane adhesive solutions to applications know-how,” said Adam. “The larger building includes space for meeting rooms and an automotive applications lab for auto assembly equipment, development, and demonstration. These additions allow us to offer a complete solutions center.”
Approximately 20 staff members transferred to the Wixom site from Lord’s Farmington Hills, Mich. facility.
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