Harman Breaks Ground On New North American Auto HQ

NOVI — Harman International NIdustries Inc., the Stamford, Conn.-based supplier of audio, visual, entertainment and automation products, Thursday broke groudn on its new Norm American Automotive Headquarters on Cabot Drive in Novi.

The new 188,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion by fall 2015, will initially accommodate 750 employees, who will move out of existing Harman offices in Farmington Hills and Novi.

Developed by Northern Equities Group, the new building will anchor the 400-acre Haggerty Corridor Corporate Park.

Harman forecasts it will add 150 more employees to this new building in the next three years, and 250 within five years.

“Metro Detroit is the epicenter of the automotive industry,” said Dinesh Paliwal, chairman, president and CEO of Harman. “This strength, combined with the exceptional technical talent in southeast Michigan, made Novi a compelling destination for Harman’s new North American automotive headquarters. The consumer appetite for a connected car experience continues to grow, and Harman is leading the industry in solutions that bridge Silicon Valley and Detroit. This new Michigan facility reflects our corporate strategy to continue developing infotainment and audio systems for global markets through superior engineering, award-winning design, and high-value software systems.”

The new headquarters will offer:
* Engineering labs for a variety of advanced infotainment technologies and platforms, including driver assistance, next-generation navigation and security systems;
* Development areas focused on future connectivity solutions, including telematics, over-the-air update services, and vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication;
* Infotainment design studios for Harman and customer co-development of advanced software applications;
* An audio listening room to demonstrate Harman’s audio products to automotive customers;
* A full cinema quality 5.1 surround sound theater showcasing Harman’s expertise in professional audio, as well as home and multimedia;
* An anechoic chamber for the accurate designing and testing of speakers;
* Vehicle bays for integration testing;
* A full-scale pilot factory; and
* Employee amenities including a fitness center, locker rooms, cafeteria, collaboration spaces, a deck and a patio.

An artist's rendering of the new Harman automotive building in Novi.
An artist’s rendering of the new Harman automotive building in Novi.

Harman supplies advanced infotainment and audio products to Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Harman’s Michigan operations have been critical to a number of innovations for the automotive industry, including advancements in audio signal processing, active sound management solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles, and platform-based infotainment solutions for vehicles ranging from entry models to premium, luxury automobiles.

Harman’s brands include AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson and Revel. The company has 16,000 employees across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended Sept. 30. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

More at www.harman.com.

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