Flex-N-Gate Detroit to hire 400 at new $160M plant in I-94 Industrial Park

Flex-N-Gate Detroit to hire 400 at new $160M plant in I-94 Industrial Park
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Flex-N-Gate Detroit is ready to hire for more than 400 jobs, ranging from hourly workers to management positions. The company will partner with Detroit at Work to train Detroiters for the new positions and has committed to hiring Detroiters first.

When it reaches capacity over the next three year it will provide up to 700 new jobs in Detroit. Residents interested in applying for jobs can visit http://flex-n-gate.com/Detroit/ and access the jobs page for the Detroit location.

Flex-N-Gate is a top global auto supplier of exterior trim components, aluminum and steel modular stamped body in white and chassis assemblies, lighting and other OEM automotive products.  It broke ground for the $160 million project last April and will supply parts to Ford Motor Company. Now more than half complete, it is the largest investment by an auto supplier in the City of Detroit in more than 20 years.

The 480,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in October and will become a new centerpiece to the city’s growing I-94 industrial Park. Flex-N-Gate joins other new manufacturing and industrial facilities, including LINC Logistics and ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks, in an area that just 10 years ago was mostly vacant land and abandoned buildings.

The following video is from Flex-N-Gate announcing its plan to build in Detroit in 2016.

“This new and state-of-the-art facility will serve as the latest example of Detroit’s urban rebirth, thanks in large part to Mayor Duggan’s leadership and vision, but our inner city location is only a small part of the story,” says Flex-N-Gate owner Shad Khan. “For me, it continues to come back to careers and jobs.  That’s what is happening here – new jobs and promising careers that will support families and contribute to the continued growth of the automotive industry here in Detroit and beyond.

“We’re at the doorstep of seeing the vision and hard work pay off.  We’ll be open for business soon, and that’s great news for our company, our customers and Detroiters who are ready to go to work,” he says.

Job Training

The manufacturer is currently partnering with the City to ensure Detroiters have access to the new positions and training for jobs at the Flex-N-Gate facility.

“We are building a city where anyone who wants a job has access to one and Shad Khan and Flex-N-Gate have made a strong commitment to hire Detroiters with Detroit at Work,” says Mayor Mike Duggan. “As we bring more manufacturing facilities to Detroit, we’re going to ensure that they look to Flex-N-Gate as an example when it comes to putting Detroiters to work.”

A Detroit At Work training curriculum to prepare Detroiters for these jobs is being developed jointly by Flex-N-Gate, Focus:HOPE and Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. Courses are expected to start in February and run through December 2018.

Training will be available for more than 300 Detroit residents throughout the year for hourly positions like Hi-Lo drivers and operators. Residents interested in training and employment can access http://flex-n-gate.com/Detroit/ for latest announcements of local job fairs and more information.  

Detroiters building new plant

Detroiters have worked nearly 12,000 hours so far on the project and Flex-N-Gate has contributed more than $120,000 to the city’s workforce training fund. Those funds will be used to train the next generation of skilled trade workers in Detroit at places like the Randolph Career Tech Center.

Flex-N-Gate has also used 35 percent Detroit contractors to date. Tooles Contracting Group, a Detroit-based and minority owned company, performed the majority of civil work prior to construction of the new facility. Other Detroit based contractors working on the project include Dixon Masonry, Christman Construction, Spalding, Midwest Steel and Walsh Construction.

Residents interested in learning more about jobs at Flex-N-Gate Detroit please click here.

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