Dakkota Integrated Systems will build a new plant with 625 workers on the sites of two closed Detroit schools. The new plant will make interior parts for Fiat Chrysler’s new assembly plant in Detroit.
The company says it plans to build a 600,000-square-foot factory at the old Kettering High School and nearby Rose Elementary School on the east side. The properties were sold last month.
Suppliers are being wooed to build near FCA’s new plant. 5,000 new jobs are planned.
Dakkota Integrated Systems is a joint venture between majority partner Rush Group, owned by trucking owner Andra Rush, and auto supplier Magna International.
Dakkota has pledged to give Detroiters first crack for the new jobs. FCA has pledged the same thing at Mack Avenue and at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant. Duggan and Gov. Whitmer have announced they have developed a job readiness program.
Duggan will ask the state for an abatement on 100-percent of property, corporate, and utility taxes.