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Global Automotive Alliance opens national HQ in Detroit

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

Auto industry logistics provider Global Automotive Alliance LLC has put its new national headquarters in a former FedEx distribution center in southwest Detroit.

The 75,000-square-foot facility at 2801 Clark St. holds offices, a warehouse and a small business incubator. The company bought the building in 2013 for an undisclosed price.

The company does warehousing for the auto industry, as well as sequencing of parts and assembly. The company plans to employ 20 people at the new facility. Global Automotive Alliance, pegged as one of the country’s largest African-American owned businesses, employs 1,600 people globally, and about 225 in southeast Michigan.

“Today not only represents the opening of our new national headquarters, but also our confidence in Detroit’s resurgence,” said GAA President and CEO Sylvester L. Hester in a news release. “The ongoing support of our customers and the city of Detroit has allowed us to reach new levels, all while maintaining a focus on being a contributor to our local economy and a provider of quality services to our national and international customers.”

According to a news release, the company is now focusing on “penetrating diverse business sectors” that include aerospace, automotive, consumer retail and government. Global Automotive already provides contract logistics, procurement, quality containment, warehousing, freight forwarding and assembly services.

“This is another great example of how businesses are seeing Detroit as a great place to locate,” said Mayor Mike Duggan in a release. “(GAA) could have built their first headquarters anywhere, but they chose Detroit because they see the growth opportunities here. We are thrilled to have the GAA officially establish itself as part of our community.”

In 2015, the City of Detroit awarded a $11.53-million contract to of Global Automotive’s member companies to manage the city’s vehicle parts inventory.

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