Magna expands in Michigan as the result of road repairs
Ontario-based automotive parts supplier Magna International Inc. will invest nearly US$6 million in new equipment at its Highland Park, Mich. facility as it expands to service its customer base, resulting in the addition of 148 new jobs.
The Highland Park facility houses Magna Seating Detroit, a division of Magna International.
As reported in the Michigan News, Magna Seating Detroit is located on Oakland Park Boulevard in Highland Park. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) awarded a US$777,749 Transportation Economic Development Fund Category grant to the city of Highland Park to help rebuild the service drives for the area. “Both service drives are so severely deteriorated that the company’s trucks and finished products have sustained damage from driving on the roadways,” Michigan News said. “Magna Seating Detroit considered locating this expansion project in either Ontario or Tennessee but preferred the Highland Park site due to the proximity of its customers and the City of Highland Park’s willingness to pursue funding to reconstruct the service drives.”
“We appreciate the work of MDOT and its support of private investment and job creation through the Transportation Economic Development Fund,” said Frank W. Ervin III, senior director of Government Affairs for Magna International. “This program provides a way to target specific infrastructure challenges that would otherwise directly and negatively affect economic growth. The improvement of the Davison service drives will allow us to more easily support our customers from our Highland Park facility and make a positive economic impact in the community.”