Hundreds of workers are expected to start jobs manufacturing parts for the Chevy Volt and the 2012 Chevy Malibu in Detroit next year. Android Industries, an automobile parts manufacturer, has committed to hiring 150 workers from the nonprofit organization Focus: HOPE.
The partnership, reported in the Detroit News, is expected to help bring back much-needed jobs to urban Detroit, particularly to black males, who have been hit the hardest by unemployment, according to government statistics. Focus: HOPE, a civil and human rights group based in Detroit, will train, screen and hire workers for Android Industries in the partnership established with the company.
Android Industries leases 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space at the Focus: HOPE campus to assemble parts for the extended-range Chevy Volt electric vehicle. More than a dozen workers will create headliners (the material that goes on the inside roof of your car) and front-rear suspension modules for the Volt. “As demand for the Volt grows and with the introduction of the new Malibu, Android and Focus: HOPE anticipate 80 –100 additional new jobs in 2012, with more to follow in 2013,” the nonprofit said.
Focus: HOPE officials say they plan on increasing the number of graduates from their job training programs and expect about 1,700 people to successfully complete the program in the next five years, according to the Detroit News.