Once complete, TGFSUS will operate out of a 240,000-sq.-ft. facility.
"All aspects of the business will change based upon our ability to be under one roof," Foddrill said. "Of course it's going to help the production from a direct labor standpoint. We'll have a better movement of product by reducing and eliminating the moving of product between buildings. We have a full-time driver working all three shifts keeping product where it needs to be at. Our departments won't have to interact cross-buildings, they can literally walk out the door rather than drive 15 minutes."
TGFSUS primarily produces tubes used in the plumbing of fuel tank systems to Tier 1 automotive suppliers. The firm utilizes primarily nylon compounds, but also uses EPDM sleeves for some of its product lines and operates seven extrusion lines, currently in Howell, with about 100 forming stations and 65 assembly cells. TG said the expansion allows it to meet growing customer demand and increase the efficiency of TGFSUS.
When Toyoda Gosei acquired TGFSUS from Eagle Pitcher in 2000, the operation was a 20,000-sq.-ft. plant that served the Detroit 3. TG brought it Toyota, Honda and Nissan business, and under the Japan-based automotive supplier's ownership TGFSUS has grown from 70 employees to about 375, and from $5 million in sales to about $111 million at the end of fiscal 2016.
The subsidiary also produced 27.6 million parts in 2016, which TG said was a record. Foddrill said this year so far is following a similar course, especially as TGFSUS' products help with the lightweighting of vehicles as more OEMs move toward plastics from metal.