Could partnerships between social nonprofit agencies and manufacturing companies be a part of Michigan's recovery? Governor Rick Snyder sees Detroit-based nonprofit Focus:HOPE's agreement with Auburn Hills-based Android Industries to assemble parts for the Chevrolet Volt as a template for workforce development around the state.
"About 50 workers, mostly from Detroit, have been hired by Focus: HOPE for manufacturing positions at Android Industries, which leases the employees and manufacturing space at the nonprofit. Company officials said they hope to hire a total of 150 Focus: HOPE employees in Detroit and another Android facility in the neighboring suburb of Warren by early 2013 as demand for the Volt increases and the number of shifts grow.
"This is about a 10 percent footprint of what we're going to be doing (at Focus: HOPE)," Android Chief Executive Gerald Elson said."
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