TROY, MI – Following the grim years during and immediately after the Great Recession, Magna now has a sunny outlook, reflected in a need to hire at its Detroit-area headquarters.

One of the top 5 auto suppliers in the world based on 2013 revenue of $34.8 billion, Magna hopes to fill its new digs here with staff from other area office buildings as well as with fresh faces.

“We’re hiring every day,” James Tobin, chief marketing officer, tells media last week during a presentation. “We’re hiring to support the growth in this market as well as the global market.”

Areas where Magna is staffing up include program management, sales, marketing, engineering and R&D, Tobin says.

Currently, 800 people work in the Magna headquarters here, with plans for 1,200 to fill the building by early next year.

Some Magna units will remain in dedicated buildings. Magna houses its powertrain and electronics units in nearby Sterling Heights and Auburn Hills, and Magna Steyr, the supplier’s engineering and contract-manufacturing unit, maintains its own Troy facility.

The supplier also has a heavy manufacturing presence in the state of Michigan, producing mirrors in Holland, seats in Highland Park and interior trim in Benzonia. Grouped together, white-collar and blue-collar Magna employees in the state number 9,500.