The East Lansing headquarters of ATESTEO North America could be geared up and testing services for hybrid and fully electrified automotive drivetrains and components by the third quarter of this year.
ATESTEO North America, part of the IHO Group, is constructing a 35,000-square-foot facility off West Road, which eventually will hire a staff of engineers, technicians, mechanics and electricians.
“Before the end of this year, we foresee hiring up to 20 people. Once all the test benches are operational, we expect to create over 45 jobs in the region,” said Roy M. Schulde, president of ATESTEO North America.
“Our initial local hires will travel to our headquarters in Germany for training in April and May,” he said. “This will help ensure a smooth start with the testing equipment installation and commissioning in East Lansing.”
East Lansing was selected for, among other factors, a lower cost of living than Detroit, Schulde said. ATESTEO North America is investing about $700,000 in real property improvements and will pump $26 million into machinery and equipment in the first five years. Schulde said proximity to Michigan State University was also a factor in the decision to locate in East Lansing.
“ATESTEO has a business model of locating testing facilities close to engineering universities, which has benefits in recruiting for our engineering positions,” Schulde said. “This provides benefits to both the employee and employer. As an employee, the students can continue their studies while earning money, gain real-world experience and help them decide whether they want to continue with a career at ATESTEO after graduation.”