DETROIT, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Rush Group Ltd, LLC and Faurecia have announced the creation of Detroit Manufacturing Systems Ltd., LLC (DMS), a joint venture that will manufacture and assemble automotive interior components in the City of Detroit. DMS expects to employ about 500 people in Detroit within the next three years.
DMS has also announced that it will be providing cockpit interiors for the Ford Mustang and Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, making Ford Motor Company its first customer.
DMS is in the process of certification as a Native American Women Owned Business Enterprise (WMBE), run by Andra Rush, whose Rush Group family of companies has more than 25 years of experience as a supplier to automotive manufacturers.
The company's manufacturing and assembly operations will be based in the Gateway Industrial Center in Detroit, where about 500 jobs are expected within the next few years.
"Detroit Manufacturing Systems is a natural result of our experience in the automotive industry and having the relationships and alignment among our customers, the City of Detroit, Faurecia, the United Auto Workers and other partners to develop sustainable businesses that create opportunity in underserved communities," said Andra Rush. Her long term vision has been to be part of solutions that improve lives, build dreams and create awesome products that all are proud of. "We are incredibly fortunate to have found a partner in Faurecia and our customer Ford Motor Company who are committed to the mission of collaborating and developing 'win-win-win' business models that lead to innovation and long-term successful relationships. This in turn, helps create sustainable businesses that can create true economic development in the City of Detroit and other communities across North America."
"The creation of the Detroit Manufacturing Systems joint venture is a significant milestone for Faurecia, Rush Group and the people of Detroit," said Faurecia North America President Mike Heneka. "We look forward to integrating our efforts with those of Rush Group to advance interior systems technology and style for the new generation of Ford vehicles and to bring new opportunities and manufacturing infrastructure to the city of Detroit."
As the initial customer for DMS, Ford Motor Company is not only placing its trust in the proven track records of Faurecia and the Rush Group family of companies, but also reinforcing its commitment to a diverse supplier base and the City of Detroit.
"This announcement marks a major development in our journey to develop a financially healthy, diverse supply base," said Tony Brown, group vice president, Ford Global Purchasing. "Ford is also proud to play a role in helping to revitalize Detroit at this critical time for the city."
In addition to its owners and customer, DMS has also received support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in the form of state tax abatements based on job creation, as well as site evaluation and selection support from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.
About Detroit Manufacturing Systems:
Detroit Manufacturing Systems Ltd. LLC (DMS) is a joint venture between Rush Group Ltd., LLC and Faurecia that will manufacture and assemble automotive interior assemblies in the City of Detroit. Founded in 2012, DMS is in the process of certification as a Native American Women Owned Business Enterprise (WMBE).
SOURCE Rush Group Limited, LLC