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eMacomb - Economic Development in Action, Winter 2016

Faurecia announces big investment in Sterling Heights

In November, Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC announced they are making a multi-million dollar investment in their Sterling Heights facility with support from our department and a grant from Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Faurecia is a global automotive seating, interior systems, exteriors and emission control manufacturer. They were awarded a new contract to supply seating for an automotive OEM. To fulfill this commitment, the company needed to invest in facility and equipment upgrades as well as hire additional employees. With locations throughout the world, the France-based company determined to invest in their Sterling Heights location due, in part, to a $350,000 Michigan Business Development performance-based grant awarded by the MEDC.

“Faurecia’s decision to expand its Sterling Heights facility underscores Michigan’s business-friendly environment and a manufacturing talent pool that can compete with any region in the world,” said MEDC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Nelson.

The Sterling Heights project will include more than $8 million in capital investment with plans to upgrade the facility, purchase new equipment and make improvements to the loading dock area.

In conjunction with this new private investment, 90 jobs will be added. Macomb County Project Coordinator James Ahee facilitated the company’s workforce needs by engaging them with economic development partners. Ahee recommended an on-the-job training program available through the Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! office as well as the Michigan New Jobs Training Program offered though Macomb Community College.

“The city of Sterling Heights is thrilled [the] MEDC has chosen to support Faurecia’s upgrades and expansion in Sterling Heights with this significant grant funding,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “Faurecia is a first-class company and its presence in Sterling Heights solidifies our city’s manufacturing corridor as one of the premier locations in the country to expand and grow your business.”

For more information about workforce recruiting and training opportunities available to Macomb County businesses, contact the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development at (586) 469-5285 or visit their website at MacombBusiness.com.

Related links:

11/18/15 – Faurecia to expand operations in city through grant – C&G News

11/09/15 – Faurecia to invest $8 million, create 90 jobs at Sterling Heights plant – Crain’s Detroit Business

11/06/15 - Faurecia Automotive Seating Expands Sterling Heights Facility – DBusiness