Stewart said Stellantis and Dakkota “worked hand in hand” with the city and partners to make the plant.

“I’m so glad Andra decided to place it right here in Detroit, so close to our facilities, because as we move forward, another key part of that is the distance to our supply base,” Stewart told reporters at the event. .

Led by Rush Dakkota is one of the largest Native American-owned women in the country. Hurry quietly stopped its trucking business in February 2021, a month before the start of production at the Detroit plant.

Rush said the location in the city was important because Dakkota – meaning “friend” or “ally” in Dakota Indian language – appreciates diversity and lifts the spirits of the community in which she does business.

About 90 percent of the plant’s 500 employees in Detroit identify themselves as members of a minority group, and more than 40 percent are women, according to the company. After six months of work, employees are eligible for prepaid college education, books, and further education programs.

“We will help you find an area of ​​interest or experience that you can enjoy,” Rush said. “I think people believe in me … So, Detroit, knowing what it was and what it could be … I’ve always wanted the opportunity to find it.”

The company plans to hire another 75 people in the coming months.

“The fact that it’s production in Michigan right here, at Dakkota Kettering from top to bottom, is a source of pride for all the people who work here, as well as for everyone in our state,” Whitmer said at the event.

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