Detroit welcomes Lear Corporation’s collaborative Innovation Center
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, opened a world-class Innovation Center recently in downtown Detroit’s historic Capitol Park.
Lear plans to develop new automotive products and technologies there, incubate non-automotive business opportunities, collaborate with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) on the next generation of automotive seating and vehicle interiors and work with the Wayne State University (WSU) School of Engineering to develop applications for connected cars and alternative energy vehicles.
“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 fully participate in the transformation that is underway in the automotive business and to take our Company to the next level.”
The Detroit Free Press reports there are currently about 25 Lear employees working in the building. Simoncini said he expects that to grow to about 100 when the renovation is completed. Most will come from Southfield and Auburn Hills. All six floors will be used.
About 10 paid interns from WSU and 10 from CCS will work there. For career information, click here.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan commented, “Lear’s investment in this new center is another example of how Detroit is building on its history of innovation in automotive design. Thanks to their partners at Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, Lear will be able to provide young Detroiters with practical hands-on experience to prepare them for careers in this cutting-edge field.”
Planned as a hub for art, creativity, automotive advanced concept development and hands-on learning for Detroit college students, the building at 119 State Street will serve multiple purposes including focusing on innovation and design, inside and outside the automotive industry; working closely with nearby WSU and CCS; and supporting community organizations.