W Industries Expanding Its Detroit Factory

W Industries, a premier value-added fabricator of manufactured products ranging from defense, aerospace, automotive and industrial sector OEM's is investing $18.6 million in a 200,000-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing and headquarters location in the City of Detroit. The proposed expansion is expected to create 100 new jobs over the next two years. Since 1981, W Industries has experienced consistent growth that was driven by their innovative yet, adaptable processes. Started primarily as an automotive supplier that focused on steel racks, containers and welded components, W Industries recently diversified its operations by making aggressive forays in the US Government's defense industry.

Based on DEGC's recommendation, the Detroit City Council approved a 12-year Personal Property Tax Abatement on the company's proposed investment. In addition to the tax incentives, the DEGC sought the assistance of the City of Detroit Workforce and Development Department to help the company identify residents in the city that would qualify for the company's expanding workforce. Together, the targeted assistance of DEGC's Business Retention Team, the City Council's approval of tax abatements and the efforts of the Workforce and Development Department demonstrated the City's commitment to creating a competitive advantage for Detroit-based companies and encouraging growth in new industry initiatives.

"We wanted to assure W Industries that Detroit values its presence in the city and is committed to supporting its continued growth within the city," said George Jackson, president and CEO of DEGC. "I want to thank the company for giving us a chance to demonstrate that we've got the right locations and right team to make their investment in Detroit a sound business decision." 

Presently, W Industries employs 368 workers in the City of Detroit, of which 80 percent are City residents. Through this expansion the company anticipates both new hires and internal opportunities for advancement, as current employees increase their skills through internal development programs.

W Industries is a global leader of manufactured metal products. Its full service offerings begin with engineering, design and program management expertise. W Industries' manufacturing processes provide state of the art laser, plasma cutting, forming, welding, metal finishing and painting, all in house. Its processes are developed to international standards for quality, environmental management, and occupational health and safety standards.

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
(DEGC) is a non-profit organization that works with businesses, government and other organizations throughout Detroit to attract and retain businesses and to encourage and manage economic development projects.

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