From Peter Chapman, Executive Vice President of Business Development
• Tata Technologies moving to 147,000-square-foot, Albert Kahn-designed building located at 6001 Cass Ave., in Detroit’s TechTown neighborhood
• Building will undergo a complete rehabilitation to accommodate more than 150 Tata Technologies employees moving in early 2019.
It was my great honor to emcee last week’s announcement by Tata Technologies to relocate its North American headquarters from Novi to Detroit next year. I was joined at the media event by Mayor Mike Duggan, Tata Technologies CEO Warren Harris and COO Sonal Ramrakhiani, and The Platform Executive Chairman Peter Cummings and President and CEO Dietrich Knoer.
“North America is a very important market for Tata Technologies,” Harris said. “Being part of Detroit’s business environment will enable access to automotive, mobility and tech companies, thereby accelerating our growth strategy and, in return, allowing us to reinvest in the city with new jobs. We are thankful to the Mayor, The Platform and the DEGC for their support in helping Tata Technologies locate its North American headquarters in Detroit.”
It’s thanks to the collaborative work of leaders across the public and private sectors that we’ve achieved real momentum in driving Detroit’s remarkable economic turnaround, and are able to make these kinds of exciting announcements.
As Detroit’s chief business development officer, I’ve observed up close how Detroit’s unique offerings and value proposition can benefit a company’s real bottom line. This is attributed to key factors such as:
- Improved city services and a culture of accountability within municipal government;
- An overall business-friendly environment;
- An expanding array of economic incentives and creative financing solutions;
- A talented workforce;
- Attractive real estate offerings;
- A growing ecosystem of leading automotive, mobility and tech companies;
- And a great business development team at DEGC.
DEGC helps businesses like Tata Technologies understand and navigate the landscape and connect with great partners — including real estate developers like The Platform and others — to establish their presence and grow in Detroit. In this specific instance, our Business Development team facilitated Tata Technologies’ move after first connecting with company representatives at one of our Site Selector Forums held last year.
We’ve no doubt had a great deal of success in driving investment into the city, as evidenced by the many global, domestic and foreign companies moving into or expanding in Detroit recently, including Microsoft, Google, RSM US LLP, ArcelorMittal and Sakthi Automotive. Detroit now serves as the nexus of place making and talent attraction for companies that want to grow here and also for those who see our city as a solid platform for global expansion.
Becoming part of Detroit’s ecosystem not only provides businesses with a distinct competitive advantage, it also signals to the world that Detroit is relevant. Every announcement we make defines Detroit as a global leader in strategic sectors such as mobility, innovation, technology and global commerce. We are now building a critical mass of global companies and locally-grown enterprises that see the city’s value and are contributing to its vibrancy.
I’m excited to welcome new neighbors to our city. I look forward to watching them flourish as we work to support their continued growth in Detroit.
Founded in 1989, Tata Technologies is a global engineering consulting organization with core specialization in the automotive, aerospace and industrial heavy machinery verticals. The company delivers customized solutions for engineering and design, product lifecycle management and enterprise IT system integration for the manufacturing sector. Tata Technologies is a company of engineers, led by engineers, with more than 8,500 associates representing 27 nationalities globally.
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