State aid OK’d for expansion to create 25 engineering jobs

LANSING – The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a $175,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support a $1.7 million expansion of Farmington Hills-based Drive System Design Inc. that will create 25 high-wage engineering jobs.

DSD provides engineering and testing services to the transportation industry in transmissions, vehicle electrification, control systems, and more.

State officials said Michigan was chosen for the expansion over a competing site in California.

DSD was established in 2014 to grow and expand the technical engineering capability established by its UK parent, Drive System Design Ltd. In the current project, DSD is looking to design, construct and house a custom development rig that will establish an advanced development capability for electrified powertrains, supplementing existing engineering capabilities at its current facility in Farmington Hills. The project will enable the facility to offer a turnkey engineering service to support its customers and facilitate the company’s growth plans over the next three years.

For information on careers with Drive System Design, visit

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit


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