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Magna Seating of America expands Highland Park plant

Magna Seating of America is expanding its Highland Park operations with a $2.2 million investment that is expected to create 244 new jobs.

"Sixty new hires have already started and the total number will be completed by the end of June 2012," Mike Pando, general manager at Magna Seating Detroit, wrote in an email sent through Magna International spokesman Scott Worden. "The company is pleased to continue supporting the city of Highland Park by adding approximately 240 new jobs as a result of its successful and growing business."

Magna Seating of America is an operating unit of Magna International that manufactures automotive seating systems. It recently won a few new contracts. The subsidiary makes full seating systems to Chrysler and General Motors. Ford Motor Company recently awarded Magna Seating Detroit a complete seat systems contract for an upcoming 2013 Ford model.

Magna International has been expanding its Highland Park facility since last year to accommodate this new work and expects to complete the expansion by June. Making this expansion possible is a $732,000 Business Development Program incentive, i.e. a tax break, from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The city of Highland Park is also supportive of the project.

Source: Mike Pando, general manager at Magna Seating Detroit
Writer: Jon Zemke

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