A technology center will be an integral part of Tecumseh Products Co.'s newly constructed facility.

A technology center will be an integral part of Tecumseh Products Co.'s  recently purchased, newly constructed facility. The 48,000 ft2building in Ann Arbor, Mich., will join certified Tecumseh laboratories in France, Brazil and India when completed in the summer of 2011.

According to the company, the laboratories form the backbone of a global engineering strategy with increased focus on research, development and applications. Much of the current laboratory in Tecumseh, Mich., also will be relocated to the Ann Arbor facility and its capabilities significantly upgraded.

"The creation of the Tecumseh Technology Center is a significant investment in the future that benefits our customers, shareholders, employees and the environment," says Jim Wainright, president and CEO. "It allows us to strategically focus on the changing needs of the refrigeration and air-conditioning marketplace, developing the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly products possible."

The Tecumseh Technology Center will meet Energy Star accreditation qualifications and be fully UL and ISO certified. It will have complete hydrocarbon development and testing capability and enhanced environmental simulation facilities. Tecumseh also will pursue LEED certification on the lab facility build-out as part of its commitment to new technologies.