East Meets West in An Incredible Partnership

+ more

The once bustling General Motors Moraine Assembly Plant located in Dayton, OH, ceased operations back in 2008 during the height of the Great Recession. The impact of the closure shook the entire region, as thousands were employed at the plant.

Watch how Woolpert and Fuyao injected new life into an abandoned plant.

While many thought the doors of the facility would remain closed forever, China’s largest auto glass manufacturer, Fuyao, saw an incredible opportunity. The company purchased the 1.4-million-square-foot plant and turned to Woolpert for help in revitalizing the space. Together, the partners created a brand-new glass manufacturing facility that provides jobs and breathes new life into the local community.

The partnership uncovered numerous differences between Chinese and U.S. business practices. Through language barriers, regulatory differences and U.S. plant operational requirements, Fuyao trusted Woolpert for guidance—and we were happy to provide it.

The unique collaboration proved to be a very rewarding experience for Fuyao. The striking success of the adaptive reuse project led to an increased financial investment (from $230 million to $360 million) and doubled employment estimate (from 800 to 1,550). The project also turned out to be a win for the city of Dayton, which now enjoys new opportunities for economic growth and sees a community rejuvenated with fresh inspiration and vitality.

For Woolpert, the benefits have been both personal and professional. “Getting to know Fuyao and how the Chinese do business, along with seeing how they execute projects, has been very educational and enriching,” said Jamie Dobrozsi, Woolpert Project Manager. “We developed a genuine relationship. We’ve spent holidays together. Our team even went to China to better understand their specific needs, and we were treated so well.”

This successful partnership wouldn’t have been possible without one essential element: trust. Trust is extremely important in the Chinese culture, and Woolpert was honored that Fuyao trusted us to bring their vision to fruition. What began as a business partnership has developed into a genuine relationship, and we can’t wait to see our friends from the East again. “I look forward to continuing our relationship, and I plan to get back to China for another visit soon,” Dobrozsi promised.

Read more at woolpert.com

Latest

Airline Investors See a Post-Pandemic Rebound in Low-Cost Travel
April 14, 2021
(Bloomberg) -- New money is flowing to low-cost airlines in the U.S. as they take on giant carriers racing to recover from the unprecedented collapse in travel during the pandemic. Two established carriers that Read more
Cross-Sections: A New Industrialized Construction Podcast
April 14, 2021
  Cross-Sections brings to you bite-size conversations with host Anthony Gude, as he chats with colleagues and leaders in the construction and industrial ecosystem. Gude spoke with John Pugh Read more
What Regulations Will Get Drones Ready to Deliver to Your Front Door?
April 14, 2021
Both pilots and companies are navigating a thin line between security and innovation. Host Grant Guillot talks with leaders, influencers, and experts across the drone industry to guide us through the complex web of Read more