The new site will also house employees from GKN's Land Systems and North American Services groups. Construction of the 168,00 ft2 facility has begun on an 11.2 acre site.

GKN has more than 300 employees at its current 113,000 ft2 facility at 3300 University Drive. Employment is expected to grow by 50 or more full-time employees in the next three years.

The new headquarters complex will provide additional space for testing and validation equipment along with additional engineering design areas for driveline and sinter metal products. Executive management teams from both GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals will be located in the new headquarters building along with various engineering groups and other corporate activities.

Robert Willig, president of GKN Driveline Americas, noted that the need for additional space and resources has become paramount in view of GKN's substantial growth in recent years and the number of major new programme launches planned for the Americas.

“GKN has significantly increased its engineering resources in the past four years and plans to recruit and hire even more engineering personnel to support more than 100 new program launches in the next three years for GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals,” he said.