After a $ 30 million capital investment, global automotive supplier Yanfeng announced that it has exceeded hiring targets and now employs more than 675 people at its state-of-the-art Highland Park manufacturing facility. .
“At Yanfeng, all eyes are on Highland Park as we launch innovative automotive interior components,” said Tony Elenbaas, vice president and general manager, North America at Yanfeng.
“This plant represents a significant investment for our company in the region and is a benchmark facility in our network. Michigan is essential to us and offers top talent as we send parts just in time to our customers. “
The 220,000 square foot facility, which assembles automotive interior components including cockpits, floor consoles and door panels, has undergone a complete overhaul.
The upgrades included new manufacturing equipment, plastic injection molding and automation systems, automated guided vehicles, advanced manufacturing and warehouse management software systems, as well as an integrated storage and warehouse management system. recovery at height.
“Talent is the most important factor in locating decisions for every employer in every market,” says Maureen Donohue Krauss, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership. “What businesses are finding in our region is a deeper, more diverse and highly skilled labor market that is uniquely qualified to help innovate in advanced and smart manufacturing. “
With the support of the Detroit Regional Partnership, Yanfeng implemented a comprehensive hiring strategy, which included workforce initiatives such as Michigan’s Advanced Technician Training Programs through the Henry Ford Community. Middle School. He has also established links with partners such as the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and SEMCA Michigan Works !, to access diverse and non-traditional candidate groups.
“We have seen remarkable growth in a short period of time and are looking to add more staff,” says Taneisha Upshaw, Human Resources Manager at the Highland Park facility, who began the hiring process in January, increasing her staff. staff of 250 people. and work towards a goal of 830 employees.
“By working with the Detroit Regional Partnership, Autism Alliance and other partners, we are able to hire quality employees through a variety of talent pools that we might not have otherwise identified. “
Yanfeng has eight technical centers and factories, including its North American headquarters in Novi. In total, the company employs more than 3,700 people in the state of Michigan, the company’s largest talent hub in the United States.