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Logistics company, auto supplier to create 424 jobs near Flint

A supply chain management company and an automotive supplier are planning to invest $23 million in Genesee County and create 424 jobs to fulfill contracts with their OEM customers. Flint-based logistics and packaging company NorthGate expects to bring 374 jobs to Burton, while Sterling Heights-based DAG Technology Inc. said it will add 50 jobs in […]

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Automotive ‘country club’ in the works for Howell site

A racecar-loving father-and-son business duo are moving forward with an ambitious plan to bring a multimillion-dollar automotive country club and garage development to a 270-acre site owned by the city of Howell. The project, Motorsports Gateway, calls for 67 private garage suite units along a 2.2-mile, European-inspired road course geared toward local car enthusiasts, said […]

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Cooper-Standard’s new Northville headquarters sells for $42 million

Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc.’s new Northville headquarters building has sold for $42 million to a New York City-based buyer. Northville Township public records list REIS-Northville LLC, registered to David Schostak of Livonia-based developer and landlord Schostak Bros. & Co., as the seller of the building at 40300 Traditions last month and Hamilton Northville LLC, which has […]

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Auburn Hills’ Faurecia Combines to Create 7th Largest Auto Supplier

Faurecia, a global automotive technology supplier with its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., an enterprise with a similar focus on automotive technology innovation based in Germany, have announced the combination of the two companies creating the seventh largest global automotive supplier. “This combination is a unique opportunity to […]

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Auto supplier Lear to create hundreds of jobs at old Cadillac Stamping site

Auto supplier Lear Corp. said Friday that it plans to set up a seat manufacturing operation with “hundreds” of new jobs at the location of the former Cadillac Stamping Plant on Detroit’s east side. The Southfield-based supplier would presumably be a tenant in the new $48 million, 684,000-square-foot manufacturing center that is planned for the 43-acre site at 9501 Conner St. The center is […]

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Ford to build $100 million Ion Park battery lab in Romulus with tax breaks

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said its Ion Park battery lab, first revealed in April, will be based in Romulus at an existing facility. The automaker on Tuesday received approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund to transfer an existing Renaissance Zone that had been utilized by A123 Systems Inc. to help establish the 200,000-square-foot facility, which Ford […]

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Flex-N-Gate to invest $52 million, create 245 jobs in Troy

Flex-N-Gate to invest $52 million, create 245 jobs in Troy

Flex-N-Gate Group plans to invest $52 million and add 245 new jobs in Troy, where it is building out a new 205,000-square-foot plant. The Illinois-based tier one auto supplier will produce sequenced plastic fascias and welded underbody rear rails in the former AxleTech plant at 1400 Rochester Road, according to a Thursday news release from […]

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Auto supplier in Williams Co. to invest $4.5 million, create 104 new jobs

Matsu Ohio, a parts supplier that makes seat panels, door panels, and a variety of other metal products for the auto industry, will make a $4.5 million investment to expand its Williams County operations, adding 104 new jobs. The company said its investment in new machinery and equipment will help it take on more business […]

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Toledo area reinventing itself, one factory at a time

Less than a month ago, the city of Toledo formally took title to a parcel of land at 1110 Hastings Ave. — the final piece in its long-sought acquisition of the former Champion Spark Plug plant on Upton Avenue. The Champion property has been vacant and undeveloped for more than 20 years. The acquisition, however, […]

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Magna Seating’s new Novi headquarters fetches pandemic-era high for office building

Magna International Inc.’s new seating division headquarters in Novi sold last month for a pandemic-era high price for a single office building in Metro Detroit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 180,000-square-foot building sold to Norfolk, Va.-based Harbor Group International LLC for $58 million, or $322.22 per square foot, according to CoStar Group Inc., a Washington, […]

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Suburban Collection said to be near deal to sell to large dealership group

Suburban Collection said to be near deal to sell to large dealership group

Lithia Motors Inc. is poised to acquire Troy-based Suburban Collection, one of the nation’s biggest privately owned dealership groups and the largest in metro Detroit, according to a source familiar with the matter. The deal, giving Lithia a key foothold in the Midwest, could be announced as early as this week, according to the source. The […]

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GM to Invest $75M in Toledo Transmission Plant

GM to Invest $75M in Toledo Transmission Plant

Detroit-based General Motors Co. has announced it will invest $75 million in its Toledo transmission manufacturing plant. Work on the upgrades is now underway. The investment will increase the plant’s capacity to build 10-speed automatic transmissions that are used in GM’s full-size truck products including the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. “Through this investment, we […]

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Lordstown Motors puts R&D center in Farmington Hills

Lordstown Motors puts R&D center in Farmington Hills

Electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors Corp. is creating an automotive R&D center in Farmington Hills with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation said Tuesday. The center will have offices, space for vehicle inspection and benchmarking, and labs for testing, validation and prototyping. The project comes with $3.6 million in private investment and […]

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General Motors investing $71 million in northwest Ohio plants

General Motors investing $71 million in northwest Ohio plants

General Motors announced plans Monday to invest $71 million into a pair of northwest Ohio manufacturing plants to retain jobs, while also paying back millions in tax credits for jobs it failed to keep elsewhere in the state. The Toledo GM Powertrain plant will receive $39 million to upgrade and enhance the production of the […]

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VW slams brakes on plan to move from Auburn Hills to Southfield

VW slams brakes on plan to move from Auburn Hills to Southfield

A plan to move Volkswagen of America Inc. from Auburn Hills to Southfield has been scrapped, according to sources familiar with the matter. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Friedman Real Estate had been nearing a deal to move the German automaker to the Galleria Officentre property the Farmington Hills-based company owns near 12 Mile and Telegraph roads and build […]

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Bollinger Motors moves to bigger HQ, plans to double staff

Bollinger Motors moves to bigger HQ, plans to double staff

Robert Bollinger is aiming to break the jinx of 14925 W. 11 Mile Road in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park. The 36,600-square-foot building, constructed in 1996 and located about 3 miles north of Detroit’s northern city limits, is no stranger to pickups, electric vehicles and other automotive ventures. But nothing that has emerged from […]

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Motorsports-themed Restaurant and Event Space Coming to Pontiac’s M1 Concourse

Motorsports-themed Restaurant and Event Space Coming to Pontiac’s M1 Concourse

The M1 Concourse in Pontiac will break ground on a 28,500-square-foot Event Center and Restaurant facility, slated to be completed in September 2021. The project will break ground at a private ceremony on Sept. 1, and the completed building will be located immediately adjacent to the Champion Motor Speedway along Pit Lane. The center will […]

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Manufacturing back to work, but it can only do so much

Manufacturing back to work, but it can only do so much

Michigan manufacturers return to work Monday. But how many employees come back remains a question as demand is still likely muted and Michigan’s manufacturing sector plays a smaller role in the state’s economy. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced May 7 that manufacturers could resume operations on May 11, catering to auto industry demands that would facilitate automakers starting […]

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As California battle rages, Tesla celebrates Michigan win with its first store

As California battle rages, Tesla celebrates Michigan win with its first store

The Silicon Valley automaker has opened its first service center in Michigan since the state overturned its ban on Tesla sales and service in January. The Tesla service center is located off Interstate 75 on Dixie Highway just west of downtown Clarkston in a former Chrysler-Jeep dealership. Tesla’s raised profile in Michigan comes at a time when the […]

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BorgWarner says Delphi purchase will help it move faster to electric cars

BorgWarner says Delphi purchase will help it move faster to electric cars

Delphi Automotive, the former parts division of General Motors, spun off its powertrain operations more than two years ago. The remaining business was called Aptiv, with a mission to focus on self-driving and connected vehicle technology. It was seen as a sign of things to come. Now, a new chapter is being written for the powertrain […]

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GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly to Become First Plant Dedicated to Electric Vehicles Through $2.2B Investment

GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly to Become First Plant Dedicated to Electric Vehicles Through $2.2B Investment

General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced a $2.2 billion investment in its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to produce all-electric trucks and SUVs. The plant will be the company’s first fully dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant. Renovations are expected to begin at the end of February. GM’s first all-electric truck will be a pickup with production […]

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Grand Rapids ranks No. 3 among large cities for ‘thriving’ manufacturing

Grand Rapids ranks No. 3 among large cities for ‘thriving’ manufacturing

Grand Rapids was ranked third among large cities where manufacturing is “thriving,” according to a new study. AdvisorSmith, a financial services advisory startup based in New York, ranked Grand Rapids at No. 3 over other large cities such as Hartford, Connecticut; Greenville, South Carolina; Detroit; and San Francisco. According to the report, manufacturing output per […]

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GM bids to buy land for a new battery factory in Lordstown

GM bids to buy land for a new battery factory in Lordstown

General Motors wants to build a new battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio, right next door to its former car assembly plant that it shuttered and sold last year. The automaker said it has a purchase agreement to buy a 158-acre vacant site in Trumbull County, Ohio. It is land GM once owned, but surrendered during its 2009 bankruptcy. GM is also in discussions with Village […]

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GM, LG Chem to build battery-cell plant in northeast Ohio

GM, LG Chem to build battery-cell plant in northeast Ohio

General Motors Co. and LG Chem will invest $2.3 billion in northeast Ohio to build a battery-cell manufacturing plant, the companies announced Thursday. The joint venture in the area of the former GM Lordstown Assembly plant will break ground in mid-2020. More than 1,100 new jobs will be created through the investment in the region that was rattled when […]

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GM confirms its sale of shuttered Lordstown plant

GM confirms its sale of shuttered Lordstown plant

General Motors Co. confirmed Thursday it has sold its shuttered Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio to a start-up that has an ambitious plan to begin building electric pickup trucks by the end of 2020. Lordstown Motors Corp., which is 10 percent owned by Workhorse Group Inc., has retained Ohio investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & […]

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Auto supplier Faurecia planning to create 500 jobs in Highland Park

Auto supplier Faurecia planning to create 500 jobs in Highland Park

Officials say auto parts maker Faurecia is planning to invest $10.7 million and create 500 jobs in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park. The planned investment was announced Tuesday as the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said the company is expected to get a $2 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Plans call for workers […]

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GHSP to expand, relocate headquarters to Holland

GHSP to expand, relocate headquarters to Holland

Automotive supplier GHSP is expanding and moving its headquarters and engineering laboratory to the Holland Technical Center, MiBizhas learned. The company, a division of Grand Haven-based JSJ Corp., has leased 120,000 square feet of office space and 35,000 square feet of lab space at the facility located at South Waverly Road and East 32nd Street. The move nearly […]

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Mahindra eyes assembly plant, 2,000 jobs at Flint’s Buick City

Mahindra eyes assembly plant, 2,000 jobs at Flint’s Buick City

An Indian automaker is poised to breathe new automotive life — and at least 2,000 jobs — into Flint’s iconic Buick City site. Mahindra Automotive North America Inc., maker of the Roxor off-road vehicle and a finalist to build the U.S. Postal Service’s next-generation delivery truck, has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the 364-acre site from the trust charged with cleaning […]

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Auto supplier plans $55M plant at Detroit Kettering High School site

Auto supplier plans $55M plant at Detroit Kettering High School site

An automotive supplier that builds interior components, suspensions and grilles for major automakers is planning to open a 600,000-square-foot factory on the site of the vacant Kettering High School on Detroit’s east side, three miles from where Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to build the city’s first new automotive plant in nearly three decades. Michigan-based supplier […]

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Germany’s HELLA Opens U.S. Headquarters in Northville Township

Germany’s HELLA Opens U.S. Headquarters in Northville Township

HELLA, an automotive lighting and electronics company based in Germany, has opened its new U.S. headquarters in Northville Township, replacing its previous U.S. headquarters of more than 20 years in Plymouth Township, as well as two local satellite offices. The two-level facility is nearly 140,000 square feet and has an accredited in-house test lab that […]

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GM will sink $150 million in truck production at Flint Assembly

GM will sink $150 million in truck production at Flint Assembly

General Motors will invest $150 million in equipment at its Flint truck plant to rev up production of its new Chevy Silverado and other vehicles. GM President Mark Reuss made the announcement at a news conference at Flint Assembly on Wednesday, June 12, the automaker’s second major expansion of its full-size pickup production capacity this […]

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Italian automotive supplier plans new manufacturing plant in Detroit

Italian automotive supplier plans new manufacturing plant in Detroit

An Italian automotive supplier plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Detroit. Tiberina Group, a supplier of body-in-white and metal stampings for the auto industry, acquired 10 acres of land at the former American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings site on Holbrook Drive on the city’s border with Hamtramck. Tiberina purchased the land from Cleveland-based […]

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GM says more investment, jobs, coming to Toledo Transmission plant

GM says more investment, jobs, coming to Toledo Transmission plant

General Motors’ plans to sell its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a company that builds electric trucks also include investing big bucks in several other Ohio cities, including Toledo. President Trump announced the deal with a company named Workhorse on Twitter on Wednesday morning. He also wrote that GM plans to spend $700 million at three locations […]

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German auto supplier to open plant employing 400 in Plymouth Twp.

German auto supplier to open plant employing 400 in Plymouth Twp.

A German auto supplier is expanding its operations in Michigan with a new manufacturing facility in Plymouth Township. The Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s governing body approved Tuesday a $2.7 million performance-based grant to Webasto Roof Systems Inc., a subsidiary of the Webasto Group, a sunroof, convertible top and heating systems manufacturer. The company plans to invest nearly $48 million […]

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Detroit wins over Waymo for self-driving car plant

Detroit wins over Waymo for self-driving car plant

Google’s self-driving affiliate Waymo LLC will repurpose a former American Axle plant in the city to install fully autonomous vehicle hardware and software into cars, the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary said Tuesday. The move is another signal that next-generation auto manufacturing is continuing to grow in Michigan — and that Detroit possesses the knowledge and the capabilities valued in an auto industry likely to […]

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Fiat Chrysler to invest $4.5B in 5 Michigan plants, create 6,500 jobs

Fiat Chrysler to invest $4.5B in 5 Michigan plants, create 6,500 jobs

City officials have just 60 days to acquire 200 acres of land and secure City Council approval to pave the way for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to open Detroit’s first new assembly plant in nearly three decades. The automaker confirmed plans Tuesday to revive a previously idled engine plant on the city’s east side as part of a $4.5 […]

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GM’s Romulus plant to get $20 million upgrade

GM’s Romulus plant to get $20 million upgrade

General Motors Co.’s engine plant in Romulus is the latest to get a multi-million-dollar cash injection. The automaker said Tuesday it would spend $20 million at its GM Propulsion plant on Ecorse Road to buy new machines to increase production of 10-speed transmissions. It comes a day after GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra stopped at the company’s […]

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FCA division will invest $12.6M, create 106 jobs in Oakland County

FCA division will invest $12.6M, create 106 jobs in Oakland County

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Magneti Marelli components business plans to invest $12.6 million and create 106 new jobs in Oakland County. As a result of the planned investment, the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved an almost $1.6-million Michigan Business Development Program grant this week for the company. “The company is hiring new employees, constructing new labs […]

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