The steel and mining firm, ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks, has opened a new steel plant in Detroit – the first new steel facility in years.
The manufacturing factory opened on 26 February, covering 310,000sqft in the I-94 Industrial Park.
The firm, a subsidiary of Arcelor Mittal, plans to hire more than 80 people, eventually scaling up to 120, in it $83mn plant.
The steel company has also introduced advanced robotic technology into its new facility.
“ArcelorMittal's decision to locate at the I-94 Industrial Park is another example of major manufacturers choosing to bring jobs to Detroit, largely because of our business-friendly environment and access to talent,” reported Mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan.
The firm manufacturers steel and laser-welded blanks to be used in vehicles, which can be used in vehicle crash performance, and drives down fuel consumption and emissions.
“Their welding technology is in the vanguard in attaining increased fuel efficiency, and a valuable addition to the state's manufacturing assets,” commented the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Jeff Mason.
“The newly created jobs offer opportunities for skilled-trades technicians and provide a symbolic presence of promising growth in Detroit's Industrial Park.”