Lear to open Innovation and Design Center in Detroit next year

Automotive supplier Lear Corporation is returning to Detroit. Last month Lear announced the company has purchased the historic 119 State Street building in Detroit’s Capitol Park from Bedrock Real Estate Services. Lear is going to create an innovation and design center unlike anything the downtown area has ever seen, said Lear spokesman Mel Stephens. The company plans to turn the six-story, 35,000 square foot building at the corner of State and Shelby Streets into a hub for art, creativity, automotive advanced concept development and hands-on learning for Detroit college students. “We will be collaborating with students and faculty from two nearby world-class, creative learning organizations – the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University College of Engineering,” said Matt Simoncini (B.S. ’85), president and CEO of Lear Corporation. We will be working with WSU to expand our industry leading electrical distribution systems and capabilities including connected car and alternative energy vehicle applications.” (pgs. 1&6)

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