Lear to create seats for GM and create “hundreds of jobs” at Detroit site

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Lear Corporation will operate a seat manufacturing plant that will create “hundreds of new jobs” at the site of the former Cadillac stamping plant in east Detroit, officials said Friday.

The Southfield-based company will produce seats for General Motors Co. electric vehicles, as first reported by Crain’s Detroit Business.

“We are excited to support GM’s vision of moving to a fully electric future, and even more excited to support that vision here in Detroit,” said Lear Corp. in a press release on Friday. “As the supplier of the battery-electric vehicles that will be built at GM’s Zero plant in Detroit-Hamtramck, we will set up a just-in-time seat manufacturing plant at the former Cadillac stamping plant location. The facility will be one of our most energy-efficient factories in North America, and will not only create hundreds of new jobs, but be another important milestone in the redevelopment of East Detroit.

The former Cadillac stamping plant site at 9501 Conner has long been slated for industrial redevelopment. The project is part of the city’s and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s ongoing efforts to meet demand for industrial land and attract businesses.

The presence of Lear Corp. at the old stamping plant puts it within four miles of GM’s Zero Plant, which is due to start producing the GMC Hummer EV pickup later this year.

Missouri-based developer NorthPoint Development last year announced plans for a 684,000 square foot facility for tenants in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The demolition of the century-old factory began in March.

In a June update, NorthPoint Development CEO Chad Meyer said the installation would be completed by mid 2022.

In January, Detroit City Council approved a 12-year tax rebate for the project. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. Michigan Strategic Fund Board of Directors. approved $ 3.3 million in brownfield tax credits in December to demolish the old plant and build a multi-tenant industrial and manufacturing facility.

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