September 11, 2017 5:30 PM, EDT

Bendix Building Lab for Students in Mexico

Tier 1 supplier Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems broke ground on an industrial laboratory for technical students in Acuña, Mexico, the company announced Sept. 6.

The laboratory is being built to increase the educational opportunities available to youth in Ciudad Acuña. The 2,500-square-foot industrial production lab is part of a Bendix plan to provide an educational apprenticeship for students.

Bendix has maintained manufacturing operations in Acuña, a city of 181,000, since 1988.

The Sept. 6 statement said ground was broken in mid-August.

Completion is expected by the end of the year, at which point the production lab will provide an opportunity for students to simulate and experiment on practical industrial workplace scenarios.

The apprenticeship program launched Aug. 28 features two-year scholarships combining classroom instruction with hands-on training at Bendix. A total of eight students will be participating at any time throughout the program, the statement said.

Bendix is a part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, and U.S. operations are based in Elryia, Ohio. The company manufactures brakes, air-handling systems and active safety systems for trucks and buses.