Auto supplier comes to SW Detroit, creates 350 jobs

- An automotive supplier from India is making a major investment in Detroit.

The company will pump $30 million into the southwest side and create hundreds of new jobs.

It was a celebration in southwest Detroit on Monday.

"It's a special day," Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said. "Everything about Detroit's recovery starts with a job."

On Monday Sakthi Automotive Group broke ground on a new $30 million facility as it continues to expand its operations in southwest Detroit.

Its part of a larger campus which will include the redevelopment of the site formerly Detroit Southwestern High School.

"We're talking about two twin facilities, both combine for 181,000 square feet creating 350 new jobs," said Michael Hart of the Sakthi Automotive Group.

Many of those jobs will go to ex-criminal offenders as members of Sakthi say it believes in providing second changes.

One ex-offender says he was hired by Sakthi after being out of work for months.

"A lot of people are committed to making that change," said Eric Stewart, a technician at Sakthi's American Way Plant. "And if no one gives them that chance, in their frustration they may end up making a bad decision and reoffending."

Sakthi is a supplier of safety critical components like steering knuckles and control arms and two of its biggest clients are Ford and GM.

"This year the Sakthi group will be launching on many of our most important vehicles, including this all new CT6, and our new Camaro," said Steven Kiefer, GM vice president global purchasing. "And you've become a very important partner to General Motors."

Company leaders say the expansion is a win-win for all parties involved

"It's strategic, it's basically a 70-acre campus of land and a number of buildings," Hart said.

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