Hundreds gathered at an auto plant in Detroit today to mark the grand opening of Detroit Manufacturing Systems, which will employ hundreds making auto parts, starting with instrument panels for the Ford Mustang.
The plant in the Gateway Industrial Center in Detroit has plans to create about 500 jobs over the next three years.
There are currently 65 hourly employees, members of UAW Local 600, and 48 salaried. The company wants to have 509 hourly and 105 salaried by July 2013 to handle future Ford work and hopefully the addition of other automotive contracts.
Interested applicants should go to the corporate website: dms-na.com and click on the Careers tab for further instructions.
"This is the largest number of new auto jobs in the city of Detroit in over 20 years," said Louis Green, president of the Michigan Minority Supplier Council.
The event opened with a Native Americans veteran color guard to honor the native heritage of DMS chief executive Andra Rush, whose mother is Mohawk.
DMS is a joint venture of Rush Group, the largest Native American enterprise in the country, and French supplier Faurecia.
Rush said she is humbled by the opportunity and excited to get the plant going as part of her family's long heritage as a parts supplier for 25 years with a number of ventures.
Ford is the first customer for the operation that started training workers a week ago.
In addition to the Mustang, the plant will start providing interior components for the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition in October and will later add the F-150, Explorer, Taurus, Lincoln MKS and MKT and Ford Focus.
DMS is expected to supply cockpits, instrument panels, center consoles and door panels for a growing number of Ford vehicles.
"There have not been many prouder moments than today," sad Jimmy Settles, head of the UAW's Ford department.
DMS was formed in May after Faurecia leased part of a former Visteon plant in Saline and acquired 1.1 billion worth of business that was done in Saline. Some of the components from Saline will be shipped to DMS to go into the interior components built up at the new Detroit plant.
Rush Group has the majority stake in the joint venture which will assume about 70% of that $1.1 billion worth of business.
Yann Delaberie, CEO of Faurecia, said it is a milestone for his company and he is pleased to "bring a bit of French flavor to Detroit."
Buying the Saline plant from Ford has contributed to Faurecia becoming the 6th largest auto supplier in North America, tripling its presence over the last five years.
Tony Brown, group vice president of global purchasing for Ford, stressed the importance of minority supplier diversity and brought taped messages of congratulations from Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and chief executive Alan Mulally.
Ford started its diversity program in 1978.
This facility was empty a few months ago, Brown noted, but will soon make instrument panels for the Mustang, F-150 and large SUVs.
For information on employment with the Detroit Manufacturing Services, please visit the company's website at http://www.dms-na.com"dms-na.com
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