Lear Corporation planning innovation, design center in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. — Lear Corporation, a world leader in automotive seating and electrical distribution systems, announced it has purchased the historic 119 State Street building in Detroit’s Capitol Park. The global automotive supplier plans to create an innovation and design center. It plans to turn the six-story, 35,000-square-foot building into a hub for art, creativity, automotive advanced concept development and hands-on learning for Detroit college students.

The building, which dates back to 1887, will soon be home to programs and facilities for automotive innovation, a non-automotive new business incubator, a think tank, creative design studio, an art gallery, Lear executive satellite offices, conference and meeting space and a rooftop garden. Construction is expected to begin soon; the project is slated for completion sometime next year.

“We are very excited to be opening a new Innovation and Design Center in downtown Detroit,” said Matt Simoncini, president and CEO of Lear Corporation. “We plan to leverage the rapidly developing infrastructure in the Central Business District as well as the concentration of arts, science, and technology assets in the Capitol Park area to take our Seating and Electrical businesses to the next level.  We will be collaborating with students and faculty from two nearby world-class, creative learning organizations – the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University School of Engineering”

“Detroit is returning to its roots as a leader in manufacturing innovation,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Lear’s decision to locate this new hub in Capitol Park is another in a series of recent similar investments in our city and yet another example of Lear’s strong commitment to Detroit.”

Source: Detroit Mayor’s press release

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Delores Jackson

Delores Jackson was Director of Corporate Learning for Oklahoma City Community College for eight years, consulting with business leaders to determine the training and develop needs of their employees, designing the programs, and managing a staff of professional trainers. ...