Adient’s New Motor City HQ

The Johnson Controls spinoff bought the Marquette Building in Detroit’s historic financial district.

Adient (pictured) will receive $2 million from the Michigan Business Development Program.

Detroit—Adient announced its purchase of the Marquette Building in Motor City where it plans to establish its global headquarters. The world’s largest global automotive seating supplier planned a $50 million renovation for the 10-story, 164,000-square-foot property located at 243 West Congress St.

“We are going to undertake a complete renovation of the Marquette Building while preserving and honoring its place in the history of Detroit,” Neil Marchuk, Adient’s chief human resources officer, said in a prepared statement. “Our employees, customers and suppliers will have a world-class facility to work in and visit, complete with collaborative work spaces, a product showroom, fitness center, food services, rooftop terrace and technologically efficient work spaces.”

Modernization will wrap in approximately two years when Adient plans to consolidate corporate functions from various Michigan locations to the downtown Detroit building. The move will bring 500 jobs to the city, including 100 newly created positions.

Adient considered 40 locations before deciding on Detroit, where the Michigan Business Development Program has incentive job creation. Adient will receive approximately $2 million from the organization and send a proposal to the City Council on a package of incentives expected to include property tax abatements and brownfield tax credits.

The company will also refurbish its technology and engineering center in Plymouth, Mich. “We are launching a three- to four-year project to completely restructure our Plymouth Technology Center,” Marchuk added. “Plans include creating agile team spaces that promote collaboration among internal teams, customers and suppliers.” The investment for the Plymouth facility is still under evaluation.

Adient became a standalone company less than two months ago when it separated from Johnson Controls.

Image courtesy of Adient