A packaging and distribution company is moving from Highland Park to Delray, bringing what officials say are more than 1,000 full-time jobs to a Bedrock-owned facility in Detroit’s southwest neighborhood.
Bedrock on Friday announced a five-year agreement to lease 200,000 square feet on its Fort Street Industrial Campus, formerly known as the Sakthi Industrial Campus, to Diversified Synergies LLC.
Diversified Synergies packages and distributes pharmaceutical, food and consumer products for Fortune 500 companies.
“Bedrock’s announcement that Diversified Synergies will bring another 1,000 well-paying jobs to this once vacant site in the Delray neighborhood is great news for Detroit,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a Bedrock statement. “Between major employers like Stellantis, the Ford Station project and now the Fort Street Industrial Campus, along with others, we have attracted nearly 15,000 well-paying jobs outside of our downtown and our downtown.”
“Our Detroit at Work team will work closely with Diversified Synergies to help ensure Detroit residents have access to these new employment opportunities at this new Southwest Detroit employment center,” Duggan said. .
DSL is a joint venture between Staffing Synergies Inc. and Diversified Chemical Technology Inc. Both companies are African American-owned and certified Minority Business Enterprises. Bedrock said Friday that DSL plans to hire primarily from within the Detroit community.
DSL began operations in Highland Park in December 2021 with 250 employees, said Geoffrey Crawley, vice president of the company, adding that the company had outgrown the site.
This means the majority of DSL’s current team will move into the new facility and additional employees will be hired to meet demand through grassroots and high-tech recruiting efforts, Crawley said.
In addition to jobs, the project is expected to result in an investment of up to $18.1 million in the city.
“This decision both supports our decision to add industrial assets to our growing portfolio and underscores the need for more modern industrial facilities in Detroit. The owners of this company’s commitment to Detroit is rewarding and is reflected in their focus on hiring in and from the city,” said Kofi Bonner, CEO of Bedrock.
In February, Bedrock announced that LM Manufacturing, a joint venture between Magna and LAN Manufacturing, would lease 296,000 square feet of manufacturing space on the Delray campus to produce automotive seats, with an expected employment of 390 people.
In September 2020, Bedrock purchased the 37-acre campus which included 529,000 square feet of industrial and manufacturing space, 89,000 square feet of office and flex space as well as 10 acres available for development.
“What really excites me is knowing that when our two new industrial facility tenants, Diversified Synergies and LM Manufacturing, are operating near full capacity, there will be nearly 1,500 new hires, with long-lasting jobs well remunerated,” Bonner said. “As we strive to increase employment opportunities in Detroit, we will continue to grow our industrial base with more like-minded employers.