Sakthi Automotive, a leading global Tier 1 manufacturer, announced plans to renovate the former Detroit Southwestern High School into a manufacturing campus and training center for new engineers that will house 650 employees. This $31 million investment is an extension of Sakthi’s ever-growing presence in Detroit.
The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) has been involved with Sakthi since 2012, when the manufacturer first considered bringing $25 million in investment and 170 new jobs to Detroit to manufacture safety critical automotive components. DEGC went on to assist Sakthi in moving into its current location on West Fort Street which led to 480 additional new jobs and a significant expansion of that facility.
Sakthi estimates it will have invested nearly $70 million in southwest Detroit by the year 2020.
Sakthi is a model corporate citizen. Chairman Mahalingum Manickam and CEO Lalit Kumar believe in hiring Detroit residents, training them in advanced manufacturing and doing the company’s part to support basic needs like healthy food and childcare. Sakthi also hopes to partner with other local causes such as Focus: HOPE to assist the community.
Several DEGC Partners were instrumental in making the Sakthi investment possible: the City of Detroit, including Mayor Duggan’s Office, the Detroit City Council, and various additional City departments; the State of Michigan, including Governor Snyder’s Office, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Michigan Strategic Fund; and the leadership of the Detroit Public Schools.
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