AKRON — Testing services company Smithers Rapra is embarking on a major expansion of its winter test center near Brimley, Mich., to be opened mid-January 2018.
The additions include 130 acres with new track surfaces, a conference center, cafeteria and two rental buildings. Smithers Rapra did not disclose the investment.
The 130-acre track expansion will comprise:
- 38 acres for developing a large snow field, deep snow area, and expanded ice area;
- 13 acres dedicated to demonstrations, training, and exclusive use tied to the new conference building;
- 30 acres for an exclusive track with a testing partner on site; and
- 49 acres available to other testing partners to expand.
"Our Winter Test Center can fulfill just about any testing for snowy or icy surfaces; the new additions of space and facilities will give our clients a winter 'whiteboard,' where we can recreate almost any scenario they wish," said Jim Popio, vice president, North America, Smithers Rapra.
"Automotive components need to meet the challenges of real world conditions, and winter driving can be some of the most challenging terrain for development engineers to consider in their development efforts."