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Detroit — A new logistics company will be bringing 150 jobs to one of the hardest-hit areas of Detroit this fall.

Linc, a Universal Truckload Services company, is opening a new 500,000-square-foot facility at the Interstate-94 Industrial Park on the city’s east side. The company will be the first new tenant announced at the industrial park since the state made it a tax-free zone to help attract more jobs and investments to the city.

Mayor Mike Duggan, who was part of the team that lobbied the state to make the change, announced the development Tuesday.

“More companies are interested in opening and expanding in Detroit and we are starting to see them come to fruition,” Duggan said in a statement. “This new development is creating significant employment opportunities for Detroiters in an area of the city where jobs are needed the most.”

Financed and developed by Warren-based Crown Enterprises, the sprawling facility will provide services to original equipment manufacturers in the auto industry. Crown Enterprises is owned by the Moroun family, which also owns the Ambassador Bridge and Michigan Central Depot, among other businesses.

The facility is expected to come online this fall.

Jobs available include warehouse associates, which start at $10 per hour and material handler associates, which start at $10.50 per hour. Both positions are full time and include benefits like paid time off, medical coverage and a 401(k) plan.

The I-94 Industrial Park is near a bus line, so it would be accessible for workers without cars. Ex-offenders were encouraged to apply for the positions as well.

“As an employer with a long history and involvement with the city of Detroit, we have set a minimum target of 51% of these jobs going to Detroiters, but eventually we’d like to see all of these jobs held by Detroit residents,” Jeff Rogers, CEO of Universal Truckload Services, said in the statement.

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Recruitment for the jobs began Tuesday with a hiring fair following the announcement at Second Ebenezer Church.

“Detroiters need jobs that are close to home, and this new facility will bring badly needed jobs to the heart of District Three,” City Councilman Scott Benson said during the event. “The I-94 Industrial Park represents a huge opportunity for Detroiters to find new careers. With its first major tenant, I am hopeful the park will generate more investment and more jobs in the near future.”

Two additional job fairs will be held in the coming weeks to help connect Detroit residents with these new job opportunities. The next event is scheduled for Aug. 25 at Considine Center, 8904 Woodward, in partnership with District 5 Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. A third event will be scheduled soon for Council District 1, said Councilman James Tate.

After the three job fairs, each person who expresses interest in a position with Linc will receive a follow-up call or email with information about the next step in the process.

Detroit Employment Solutions Corp., the city’s workforce development agency, will work with Linc to make sure the company can meet its employment target.

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