(WXYZ) - At Cobo Center both Ford and General Motors are building larger displays for the North American International Auto Show than they did last year. The co-chairs for the event say the increased construction is a sign that the automakers are feeling more optomistic about the future.
Co-Chair Barron Meade tells Action News that last year's auto show pumped $325 million into the local economy. Meade says that they anticipate driving $400 million into the local economy this year.
That's also good news for people looking for work. Insiders from the electricians and carpenter unions tell Action News that they have called out virtually every available worker for this year's show.
Electrical worker Chris Edwards tells Action News that this assignment is the first time he has worked since last year's Auto Show. "It's very important to me, this is my income for a year." said Edwards.
Carpenter Chris Arnold says "It is great to see so many people back working. This auto show is important for many families."
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