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Global engineering firm headquarters to move to Detroit

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

Detroit — A global engineering and consulting company is moving its North American headquarters from Novi to Detroit next year, marking another milestone for new development in the city. 

Tata Technologies, a Tata Group company, will relocate to an empty 147,000 square foot building on Cass Avenue in TechTown. The building was constructed in 1927 as the Cadillac La Salle Sales and Service Building. 

Tata Technologies President Warren Harris speaks about plans to move the company's North American headquarters to TechTown.

The company's CEO, Warren Harris, said Tata is looking to be part of the city's resurgence and capitalize on the access to talent and proximity to other automotive and tech companies. 

"Increasingly the environment down here in Detroit is allowing us to be an attraction for the best engineers that are graduating from universities around the world," Harris said. "We're coming here in order to tap into that resource pool."

The Detroit location, which was originally designed by Albert Kahn, will house 150 Tata Technologies employees and company leaders expect new jobs will open up in years to follow. 

Mayor Mike Duggan said he believes the Tata Technologies move will speed up other development in Detroit.

The mayor said he sold Detroit to Tata Technologies as a place where the company could partner with Wayne State University for internships and apprenticeships.  

"This is the kind of city we are trying to build," Duggan said. "Detroit is becoming one of the Midwest greatest centers of design, engineering technology." 

The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. facilitated Tata Technologies' relocation and identified real estate options. 

Peter Chapman, executive vice president of the DEGC, said Tata Technologies joins a wave of other global companies moving operations to Detroit. 

"Becoming part of Detroit's ecosystem not only provides businesses with a distinct competitive advantage, it also signals to the world that Detroit is relevant," Chapman said.  

Tata Technologies is a global engineering consulting organization that specializes in the automotive, aerospace and industrial heavy machinery industries.