Detroit, Michigan – Dakkota Integrated Systems President and CEO Andra Rush says her company will build a $55 million, 600,000ft2 plant in Detroit to supply Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) with parts.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the Dakkota deal follows FCA’s February announcement that it would invest $4.5 billion in five Michigan plants, including building a new facility within Detroit’s city limits.
“As soon as we finished the FCA deal, we immediately got to work to bring suppliers to the area. Today, we’re announcing one of the first -- thanks to Andra Rush and Dakkota, which will bring hundreds more jobs to the east side,” Duggan said. “Even better, Dakkota has agreed to give Detroiters first shot at these jobs, and residents can sign up to prepare for these jobs today through Detroit at Work.”
Dakkota has committed to recruit from the Detroit at Work priority application list for Detroiters for jobs at its new plant. Returning citizens also will have an opportunity to participate in the entire job application process, since Dakkota’s job application bans the box, deleting the question that asks whether an applicant has been convicted of a felony.
Rush said, “Our mission is to profitably create jobs and develop top talent, all while exceeding our customers’ expectations. We're so proud to support FCA, provide employment opportunities in Detroit, and showcase world-class quality auto parts built by hardworking Detroiters. We appreciate the mayor and his team for helping us make this happen. This is a win for all parties."
The new Dakkota plant will supply parts to various FCA Michigan-based manufacturing facilities, and offer 625 jobs in assembly operations, material handling, quality inspection, skilled trades and logistics.
FCA officials praised the new plant, saying, “While this new facility will bring even more new jobs to the area and strengthen our manufacturing footprint, we also believe that investments like this one will help build a more vibrant community and provide stability for the future. We encourage others to take notice and join us in investing in Detroit.”
Dakkota will purchase approximately 32 acres of land located on the city’s east side from Detroit Public Schools Community District for $2.6 million. The parcel, former home of Kettering and Rose schools, will be cleared to make way for the new manufacturing facility. Kettering High School has been vacant since 2012. Rose Elementary School closed in 2006.
To honor the history of the schools, Dakkota plans to preserve the giant blue Kettering “K” on its site and move existing park equipment to a new location.
Construction is expected to begin within 60 days of the closing. The plant is slated to begin operating assembly lines in late 2020.