Bontaz Centre USA is expanding its American operations in Michigan.

The France-based subassembly manufacturer will move its Madison Heights plant to a facility more than double its size in Troy on March 1. The company has leased a 40,000-square-foot building at 1099 Chicago Road for research and development, production and warehousing of automotive fluid management products.

Building owner Allegra Development LLC agreed to add on another 20,000 square feet to the building to accommodate Bontaz's growth. The expansion is expected to start in late 2018 and to be ready for occupancy by the second quarter of 2019.

Bontaz Centre USA North American Director Yoann Gautiar did not disclose how much the company expects to invest into site expansion. The company's North American headquarters employs 20, but the director said he was unsure how many jobs the company will add.

Colliers International Inc.'s Southfield office brokered the 10-year lease of the building, which was previously occupied by IAC Group. Colliers Senior Vice President Gary Grochowski and Associate Bryan Barnas represented Bontaz, while Peter Kepic Sr., principal, and Peter Kepic Jr., senior vice president, represented Grosse Pointe-based Allegra Development in the negotiations. Grochowski said the deal closed in late November but would not disclose its lease rate.

Allegra Development will be the general contractor and Birmingham-based Smith & Schurman Associates Inc. will be the designer, Grochowski said.

"That's the part of the appeal of this site because it met their immediate needs," he said. "But they will be able to expand into the 20,000 and can probably add another 40,000 [square feet]."

The 15,000-square-foot facility that Bontaz will vacate at 1587 E. Whitcomb Ave. in Madison Heights is owned by Madison Heights-based Kemp Sherman Co., Oakland County records show.

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