Oct 25, 2018
WABCO’s new American headquarters officially opens today. The $20 million building is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It reflects a new culture at WABCO and new priorities for the future.
WABCO CEO Jacques Esculier hosted the ceremony along with Jon Morrison, WABCO President, Americas.
Morrison spoke with The Brake Report from the new facility. He pointed out that WABCO has been very active over the past few years, acquiring three companies and also buying out Meritor’s share of what had been a 50/50 partnership.
The purpose of all the activity is to position WABCO for a future in which vehicles become increasingly autonomous and vehicle systems become more connected. The investments — particularly the buyout of Meritor — created a requirement for new space and new ways to work together.
“Now we’re all one WABCO,” Morrison says. The new, light-filled building is marked by many shared open spaces. It “reflects what we want — innovation, collaboration, and a positive environment.”
But Morrison stresses that, while the building is open, it’s “done in a way that is very smart — plenty of space where people can go to focus and concentrate.”
WABCO employees have been in the building for about eight weeks, ironing out kinks and putting the final touches in place. Morrison says the reception has been very positive, despite some initial skepticism about the new building.
The open floor plan is just one part of what makes the building exciting to WABCO.
Morrison explains, “We wanted to focus the building construction to ensure that we keep the customer in mind at all time.”