BMW Funding New Husqvarna HQ

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BMW is financing a new headquarters and production facility for Husqvarna Motorcycles in Varese, Italy.

The BMW Group bought Husqvarna Motorcycles in October 2007. BMW says it's building the facility to help Husqvarna production by bringing the OEM's various organizational units together. The new three-story headquarters facility will supplement the motorcycle manufacturer?s present premises with 62,400 sq. ft. of new space.

The facility will house the OEM's engine division and testing center; styling center; development division; a workshop producing prototypes and racing bikes; senior management and administration offices; a showroom; and a training center for the technicians of Husqvarna's after-sales support network.

The facility's initial production capacity is expected to be about 40,000 bikes a year. However, the structure was designed to be easily expandable for future growth.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place in July. The ceremony was presided over by Friedrich Eichiner, member of the board of management of BMW AG; Hendrik von Kuenheim, president of BMW Motorrad; and Rainer Thoma, president and managing director of Husqvarna Motorcycles.

Executives expect the facility to be ready for business next May.

"The building of Husqvarna Motorcycles HQ at Cassinetta di Biandronno shows how keen our firm and the whole BMW Group are to invest in Italy, and in area of Varese in particular — not just in setting up new buildings, but also in finding the right workforce, and especially the right highly skilled staff," said Thoma.