Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
By Josh Paciorek
May 11, 2015
They considered Georgia, Ohio, and South Carolina, but in the end, the Sakthi Automotive Group decided that Michigan, home of the Motor City, would be the best place to expand, invest, and create more and better jobs.
Earlier today, Governor Snyder joined Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to celebrate Sakthi’s $32 million expansion and 350 new jobs in the city’s southwest neighborhood.
“I want to thank Sakthi for coming to this area. We’re proud to have you in Detroit, Michigan,” the governor said. “There will be hundreds of hard-working people of Detroit right here making a component that now we can say is ‘Michigan-Made’ and that’s going into Michigan-made vehicles. There’s no doubt that ‘Made-in-Michigan’ means truly something special.”
The decision to expand in Detroit instead of another location was twofold. Michigan’s legacy as the automotive capital of the world is well-known and the amount of high-skilled talent available made it an attractive location for an automotive company to grow.
Sakthi’s expansion includes the planned purchase and reuse of the former Southwestern High School, which closed three years ago and has since been a target for metal scrappers and vandals. Now, this facility will be used for manufacturing, advanced worker training, as well as employee wellness programs.
Sakthi established their first North American location in 2012, again choosing Detroit to create 170 new jobs. Based in India, the Sakthi Group is a $1.2 billion industrial corporation and a critical supplier of components including steering, knuckles, brake drums, brake discs, hubs, brake calipers, and carriers. General Motors and Ford are two of their biggest clients.
The governor said that Sakthi’s expansion into Detroit’s southwest neighborhood will help keep all of our automakers—and the entire state-- racing forward.
“You’re taking a historic place and turning it into a place of the future,” he said. “It’s exciting to see. This is about creating wins for everyone.”