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By Tim Monger on May 26, 2017

BorgWarner plans to open a 100,000-square-foot technical center in Noblesville next year, consolidating engineering and testing operations now located in separate central Indiana facilities.

Construction of the $15 million building is expected to begin in June. Located on 10.5 acres at 141st Street and Olio Road near Interstate 69, it will accommodate more than 300 engineers, designers, technicians and office staff working on propulsion systems for for gas, hybrid and electric vehicles.

The company expects to spend another $13 million to equip the facility over the next five years.

Noblesville’s Common Council approved an economic development deal with BorgWarner in May, agreeing to contribute $3.8 million to the project and reimburse the company for $309,000 in road- and sewer impact fees, in addition to handling necessary infrastructure improvements. The city also agreed to apply for a $450,000 grant from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. on the company’s behalf.

“Noblesville is a highly desirable area that is centrally located for our current workforce and will also help us attract new employees as we continue to grow,” said Stefan Demmerle, president and general manager of BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems, in a prepared statement.

Michigan-based BorgWarner’s existing technical centers in Pendleton and Anderson will close when their leases expire in 2018 and 2020.

The company says the new facility’s open-concept design will inspire innovation, with “interactive office environments and spontaneous collaboration zones” intended to improve efficiency and enhance communication.

If the BorgWarner name sounds familiar, that may be because of its long affiliation with the Indianapolis 500. Since 1936, winners of each year’s iconic 500-mile race have had their faces sculpted onto the Borg-Warner Trophy.

Categories: "Advanced Manufacturing", "Business Investment", "City of Noblesville"