The Savant Group recently announced a $3-million investment to expand its manufacturing, laboratory and training capabilities at its headquarters in Midland, Mich., serving the automotive, petroleum and chemical industries.

The state-of-the-art addition will support a technical training facility for distributors and customers, an expanded customer service area, and additional laboratories and manufacturing space. The manufacturing area will focus on the production of precision bench-top instruments for characterizing and understanding the properties and behavior of automotive fluids and industrial lubricants. The new laboratories will support additional testing services and technical development activities. The building expansion is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.

Comprised of four individual companies — Savant Labs, Tannas Co., King Refrigeration Inc. and the Institute of Materials (IOM) — the Savant Group provides service and expertise to help customers evaluate the performance of new blends of oils, lubricants, fuels and related products to meet industry and OEM specifications, quality-control monitoring, and the development of new test methods.  

"Our in-depth approach to testing and understanding of lubricant applications has helped solve critical industry problems, and this investment demonstrates our commitment to be an active, eager partner with researchers, producers and OEMs in the industries we serve," said Ted Selby, Savant Group founder and vice president of technical development.   

For more information, visit www.savantlab.com.