Auto parts supplier Plastic Omnium opening new US plant image

The French company is officially opening a $110 million manufacturing facility in suburban Detroit that will employ around 400 workers and had the ribbon-cutting festivity on Tuesday, for their new Inergy Automotive Systems facility, located in Wayne County near New Boston.

Company officials were joined on location by several state officials and other important partners and suppliers at the event. The production facility will churn out of its lines about 1.5 million plastic fuel tanks a year.

Inergy Automotive Systems is a subsidiary of Plastic Omnium, which builds automotive components and body modules, automotive fuel tanks and systems, and waste containers. Pierre Burelle founded the company in 1946. It started making plastic steering columns for Renault, but soon decided to extend its supply contracts to other carmakers in France and abroad. Today Plastic Omnium has 103 worldwide manufacturing facilities and is present in more than 28 countries.

In 2011, Inergy acquired the Ford Motor Company’s fuel tank manufacturer in United States, Visteon, and became its sixth world provider in scale for those parts.