WARREN, MI —The Paslin Company plans to invest $45 million to expand its operations here to supply assembly line robotic systems for electric-vehicle maker Rivian.
Paslin recently secured a contract to supply Rivian with vehicle and battery frame assembly robotic systems. The startup automaker, which has received more than $1 billion in investments from Amazon, Ford and others, plans to begin production if its all-electric truck and SUV in late 2020 with deliveries beginning in 2021. The vehicles will be assembled at Rivian's plant in Normal, Illinois, a former Mitsubishi Motors plant it acquired in 2016.
The expansion, which is supported by a $1 million grant from state of Michigan, is expected to create 200 jobs over a three-year period. The city of Warren is supporting the expansion by expediting permitting and hosting a job fair. The new jobs are expected to pay $10 more than the average hourly wage in Macomb County, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Paslin considered locating its investment at Rivian's Illinois plant before securing the incentives.
Paslin operates five locations and employs 678, all in Michigan. The Warren-based supplier was acquired for an undisclosed sum in 2016 by China robotic manufacturer Zhejiang Wanfeng Technology Development Co.