SAGINAW, Mich. – February 19, 2019 – Nexteer Automotive, a leader in intuitive motion control, today hosted Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at its Global Technical Center and North America Divisional Headquarters in Saginaw, Mich. During the visit, Gov. Whitmer discussed her “Home for Opportunity” tour where she is traveling across the state to discuss economic and skilled trades development to help Michiganders secure good-paying jobs. At Nexteer, the governor met with executives and employees, as well as representatives from the UAW, Saginaw Future and the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce.
“We were honored that Governor Whitmer chose to visit Nexteer as a place to share her vision for the state of Michigan,” said Mike Richardson, president of Nexteer Automotive. “During this visit, we also shared our enterprise vision – which is to enhance the future of mobility through intuitive motion control solutions. We will continue to drive innovation with ongoing investment in Michigan-based R&D. We also stressed with the governor the emphasis we place on attracting, developing and retaining top technical talent who are eager to deliver high-quality, safety-critical products.”
During the event, more than 200 Nexteer employees and guests listened to a speech from Gov. Whitmer that highlighted key messages from her State of the State address on February 12.
“The innovation I’ve seen here today at Nexteer Automotive is due in part to employees who have such unique skills. I’m continuing to work toward providing real paths to high-wage skill employment and closing the skills gap in Michigan,” said Whitmer. “Programs like the Michigan Reconnect and MI Opportunity Scholarship will help to close the skill gap further and help ensure that our state remains a home for continued innovation, opportunity and good-paying jobs.”
Several vehicles were also on display at the event to demonstrate Nexteer’s comprehensive suite of advanced steering technology for autonomous and mixed mode driving. This technology suite includes Nexteer’s High Availability Electric Power Steering (EPS), Steer-by-Wire, Stowable Column, Quiet Wheel™ Steering and Steering on Demand™ Systems.
“Today was an exciting opportunity to show Governor Whitmer, her team and other local organizations the difference we make at Nexteer through the advancement of safety-critical motion control solutions for today’s world and an automated future,” said Richardson.