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Detroit Prepping for Massive New Car Factory

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Jan. 31, 2018—Detroit’s mayor and the owner of auto supplier Flex-N-Gate Corp. recently offered a sneak preview of what will be the city’s largest new auto factory since the 1990s.

As reported by Reuters, the $160 million plant will manufacture metal and plastic parts for Ford Motor Co. vehicles, and is expected to employ more than 400 when it opens in Oct.

For Detroit, the factory represents a smaller scale approach to bringing jobs back to areas of the city that had been abandoned in recent years.

“This is the way we’ll go about employing” city residents, “four or five hundred jobs at a time,” Detroit mayor Mike Duggan said during a recent tour of the plant on Detroit’s east side.

The plant, which is currently about 60 percent complete, will feature numerous job roles in which workers operate automated presses and similar advanced technology.

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