Android Detroit laying off 120 workers hired through FOCUS: Hope

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Android Detroit plans to lay-off 120 workers it hired through Focus: Hope Companies, Inc. In all, 110 general assemblers and 10 Hi-Lo drivers will be out of a job on March 5.

Focus: HOPE Companies, Inc. is a for-profit subsidiary of Focus: HOPE. It leases automotive production workers to Android-Detroit Focus: Hope Says it was told Android Detroit saw a cut in orders from General Motors leading to the decision to eliminate workers on its second shift.

“Focus: HOPE Companies is a separate legal entity from Focus: HOPE, the non-profit organization. Unfortunately, these cutbacks in labor are quite common in the automotive industry. Neither Focus: HOPE’s non-profit services nor its employees will be impacted by this action. Our hope is that displaced workers will take advantage of our workforce training programs and services,” said Jason D. Lee, Focus: HOPE CEO.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. I am just praying for them all,” said Oriana Powell, whose significant other works for Android Detroit.

Android Detroit didn’t provide any comment as to the potential those jobs could eventually be brought back.


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