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Ambassador Delattre Visits Detroit for New Plant Opening

Ambassador Delattre Visits Detroit for New Plant Opening

Published on October 3, 2013
Project Combines French-American Business, Social Responsibility

On October 15, Ambassador François Delattre visited Detroit to honor the inauguration of a new major plant built by Inergy Automotive Systems.

Significant investments made by the French company Plastic Omnium made the opening of the plant possible. Plastic Omnium is a large supplier of the American automotive industry and operates six plants employing nearly 4,000 people in the U.S. The new facility will create many new jobs in the Detroit area.

In addition to funding the new automotive plant, Plastic Omnium’s chairman and CEO, Laurent Burelle, also announced a long-term commitment to Detroit’s "Focus: HOPE" program. The nonprofit program is designed to develop and empower Michigan’s workforce by providing education, job training, and food to the community. The new plant will also provide opportunities to hire employees and recruit interns from the "Focus: HOPE" program’s engineering and information technology services.

Amb. Delattre’s Detroit visit and the inauguration of the new plant exemplify the vitality of the French-American economic partnership, which is dedicated to strengthening the cooperation between French and American businesses. The Ambassador stated in particular that the French commitment to Detroit is stronger than ever, as French companies continue to have confidence in the city and in the dynamism of the automotive industry. Around 150 French companies are active in the Detroit area and generate thousands of jobs.

Read Ambassador François Delattre’s speach at this event.

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