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New manufacturing plant to open in Detroit

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DETROIT (WJBK) - A new manufacturing plant backed by The White House was supposed to be in the suburbs, but the multi-million dollar investment is now headed for a plant in Detroit.

"This is a big fill-in-the-blank deal. This is a huge deal," says William Jones, CEO of Focus: HOPE.

Focus: HOPE was the backdrop of the big announcement Wednesday that a $148 million lightweight metals institute was opening.

"We want to make sure Detroit is at the forefront again," says Mayor Mike Duggan.

The institute, Duggan says, will move cutting edge lightweight metals right into cars, trucks and military planes and ships. It is set to open this fall in Corktown but was originally going to be located in Canton.

"I listened to President Obama talk about the project that was going to be in Canton, and the first thing I thought was, 'Canton? Why can't we do this in Detroit?'" says Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones.

Sitting empty since 200, a building on Rosa Parks will house the new manufacturing institute. Eventually, two dozen employees will work inside but Duggan says the positive job impact and the training Detroiters will receive will stretch beyond city limits.

"If Detroit is the leader in producing the skills to make those parts, I think we have a leg up in attracting future business," says Duggan.

The new location is close to Focus: Hope along with four other schools that will offer students internships and technical work.

Seeing the revitalization of midtown and downtown, Duggan says this is the first giant step into revitalizing neighborhoods and bringing back Detroit.
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