American automotive parts supplier Lear Corporation has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility on the site of a former Cadillac stamping plant in Detroit. The new facility will churn out seats for GM’s all-electric vehicles, and is expected to create hundreds of local jobs.
According to a recent report from Detroit Free Press, Lear Corp. made the announcement last week. The new manufacturing center will cost $48 million to build, and will span some 648,000 square feet, situated on a 43-acre site located at 9501 Conner Street. NorthPoint Development has been tapped for construction duties.
“The facility will be one of our most energy-efficient plants in North America, and not only create hundreds of new jobs, but will be another important step forward in the redevelopment of Detroit’s eastside neighborhood,” Lear said in a statement.
The new Lear manufacturing plant will provide just-in-time seating solutions for various electric vehicles built at the General Motors Factory Zero facility, previously known as Detroit-Hamtramck. The first products to receive the new Lear Corp. seats will be the all-electric GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and GMC Hummer SUV.
For the moment, Lear Corp. has not announced specific details with regard to the number of employees expected to work there, nor when the plant is expected to be operational. However, according to Detroit Free Press, the new site is expected to be cleared sometime this fall, while construction of the new facility may be finished as early as next summer.
The Cadillac stamping plant that originally occupied the site was torn down in March. While Cadillac shuttered the facility in the ‘80s, it was later repurposed as a machine shop. However, the site was abandoned roughly six years ago, and is currently set to be cleared for the new Lear Corp. seat manufacturing facility.