DETROIT (WXYZ) - Officials announced Wednesday a new $148 million lightweight metals manufacturing institute will be located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.
The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute will establish a regional manufacturing system to move cutting-edge lightweight metals from the research lab into both the commercial and military vehicles, airplanes and ships of tomorrow.
In an announcement Wednesday, Mayor Mike Duggan said that locating this type of high-tech hub in Detroit will only lead to competing for and winning more major manufacturing investments.
"To win a competitive process for a project of national significance is a major win for the city of Detroit," Mayor Duggan said. "Detroiters should expect to see us win a lot more in the future."
The ALMMII facility will offer new jobs as well as a spot for training and education that will lead to high-quality jobs in all transportation manufacturing sectors.
The new facility will be located at 1400 Rosa Parks Boulevard in Detroit in a 107,000 square-foot property. It was originally used by Mexican Industries to make plastic moldings for the auto industry before filing bankruptcy in 2001.
"From this very central location on the I-75 corridor, and particularly in the heart of Detroit," ALMMII Executive Director Larry Brown said, "the institute is poised for success in serving our nation in setting the standard for world-class lightweight metals manufacturing,"