According to familiar sources of the matter, there’s been some talks regarding Volkswagen of America, Inc. looking to move from its long-time local hub in Auburn Hills. However, the decision has not yet been finalized.
The company is looking not just to lease elsewhere in Oakland County, but also to develop a large new building. This can be an existing property or move elsewhere in Auburn Hills.
What’s at stake here for the city? Well, there will be a thousand or more jobs in the Customer Relations (CSR) and for their After-sales Support; as well as the Environmental and Engineering functions. Currently, the company occupies roughly 365,000-square-foot building at 3800 Hamlin Road, which is formerly the company’s North American Headquarters that moved to Herndon, VA in 2008.
The company was said to be in its preliminary stages of exploring its options on the leased facility in Auburn Hills, according to a spokesman of Volkswagen of America, Inc. This brings great news and lots of possibilities for the city of Auburn Hills.
The Mayor of Auburn Hills, Kevin McDaniel stated that he is very confident that the automaker – Volkswagen, will stay in his city. His statement to Crain’s was this, “We are aware that Volkswagen has experienced impressive growth that may require them to expand their current operations here in Auburn Hills.”
Volkswagen has been in the community for almost 30 years and it is in the interest of everyone to keep them operating in their state among all of the automotive industry giants. Everyone is ready to assist them in their current location or support them on their endeavor by helping the company to grow – giving them easy access to one of their readily available high-profile locations in their community; provide them with continuous access to all of southeast Michigan. The Mayor of Auburn Hills added, “Considering our long-standing cooperative relationship with the company, we have no reason to believe they would choose anywhere but Auburn Hills.”
2011, Crain’s reported that Volkswagen was renewing their lease in the building and putting in $19.4 million in capital improvement into it. The property where the company was located is owned by MAK Real Estate Investment, Inc., which is manned by Kuwaiti billionaire Fawzi Mohammed Al-Kharafi. The building was built in 1991.
You may probably have heard that this is not the first time Volkswagen has considered exiting the building. In fact, last 2011 it was considering a move to Troy – at that time, it was known as Baluster Park, presently it is called North Troy Corporate Center. In the end, the company decided to stay in 3800 Hamlin after a series of tax abatements.
Doing business in any major cities – considering one of the big companies wanted to move its business or operation, there are things one has to consider. Tax for instance. Anyway, wherever in Michigan the Volkswagen company decides to move into – especially in Michigan, it will always bring great benefits to the city’s economic status.