The energy was up beat and the crowd light-hearted when Inergy, a French automotive supplier, formally opened its plant here with a ribbon-cutting ceremony October 15.
Ford Motor Co. sold its plant in Milan to Inergy’s parent company, Plastic Omnium Automotive Systems, in 2011. Over the past two years, about 300 employees have relocated to the Huron Township facility.
Inergy makes fuel and emission control systems. The plant is nearly 300,000 square feet, which is smaller than the Milan facility, but has more modern equipment and fixtures, company officials indicated.
The Inergy plant is in the township’s Local Development Finance Authority, a site in which taxes generated by property value increases are “captured” in order to fund infrastructure improvements. These improvements, in turn, attract new businesses to the area. .
The area is developing as an “auto supplier hub,” although it is well-suited to a variety of businesses, given its proximity to a number of highways, Detroit Metropolitan Airport and rail lines.
The LDFA is roughly bounded by I-275, South Huron Road, Bell Road and Willow Road. Their web site is www.hurontwpldfa.com.