Sakthi Automotive holds groundbreaking, hosts D2D PRO session for bid opportunities


India-based automotive supplier Sakthi Automotive broke ground for its new 180,000-square-foot casting and machining facility in October. Located at 6701 Fort Street in Detroit, it is part of a larger campus which includes the rehabilitation of the former Southwestern High School and the razing of American Mailers Building. Fairway Engineering LLC designed and engineered the facility,

The manufacturing plant is expected to open in March 2016 and employ 350 workers. Sakthi currently employees more than 225 employees at its facility next door. Sakthi Automotive produces Tier 1 parts for automakers such as General Motors. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved $3.5 million in incentives for the facility earlier this year.

The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s D2D program held a PRO session on October 16, connecting Detroit-based construction companies with bidding opportunities for the facility.

About 31 people from construction and development companies attended the session to get an overview of Sakthi’s construction plans and learn more about bidding opportunities. PRO sessions are necessary for construction companies as they provide the chance to identify opportunities early and get a better understanding of the bidding/procurement process.

Bid opportunities include interior and exterior concrete work, overhead and dock doors, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and lighting. Bidders must meet specific requirements and comply with the City of Detroit requirements to utilize a certain percentage of Detroit businesses and residents in their work.

To inquire about Sakthi Automotive’s construction project, contact Construction Manager Kamal Tolia at

Brian Watkins
D2D Program Manager

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