Flex-N-Gate Locates Assembly Plant In Detroit
In the Mt. Elliott Corridor Flex-N-Gate Detroit, LLC is planning a $100 million investment for a 350,000-square-foot industrial manufacturing facility. The assembly plant will supply parts to Ford Motor Company and will create at least 400 and up to 700 new jobs in Detroit over three years. At full capacity, up to 750 total jobs could be added.
It will be located in the I-94 Industrial Park currently under construction. The park will include industrial land uses with an emphasis on manufacturing capabilities and provides Flex-N-Gate with access to the major transportation routes such as I-94 and I-75. The 189-acre parcel of land has been owned by the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit since 2000, who oversaw the property acquisition, clean-up and development of land.
Expected to open in 2018, this project represents the largest investment by an auto supplier in Detroit in more than 20 years. What’s more, Flex-N-Gate committed to hiring Detroit residents and Detroit-based contracts, as well as to developing a comprehensive hiring plan in conjunction with the City of Detroit Human Rights Department and Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. to help ensure permanent jobs for the residents of Detroit.
“I have always believed that the embodiment of the American Dream is in manufacturing, and nowhere is that dream becoming more real and attainable for workers and families today than in the U.S. auto industry,” Flex-N-Gate owner Shad Khan said. “Detroit is the birthplace of U.S. automakers, and today Detroit is experiencing a manufacturing rebirth not only throughout the region, but specifically within the city limits. Our new facility at the I-94 Industrial Park will enable Flex-N-Gate to serve our customers better than ever, but the headline for me is one word – jobs.”
To support the project, The Detroit City Council approved a $5.9 million property tax abatement. A $3.5 million grant by Michigan Strategic Fund was also offered to assist with Next Michigan Corporation Designation. In addition to the facility’s construction, Georgia Street, along the planned facility’s south side, will be resurfaced.