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Home town Valiant opts for Michigan site over Windsor (con't)

It will contain a vehicle body manufacturing operation as well as a new skilled trade training space, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The company will add 223 jobs over the next three years with an average pay of US $47 an hour.

It will also move some 100 sales and engineering staff, now based in Troy, Mi., to the new site. 

David Mueller, the company’s general counsel and director of corporate development, said Michigan has been a “key part” of Valiant’s global growth strategy.

Michigan officials said the company could have opted to expand on lower cost greenfield sites in either Windsor or South Carolina, which also offered incentive packages, the Free Press said.

The City of Auburn Hulls also approved an eight year property tax abatement for the facility.

Added Mueller about the reason for the Michigan investment, “We believe there is more talent available there, close to our major customers.”

Valiant, founded in Windsor in 1959, has seven affiliated companies in North America as well as operations in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

In 2013 Valiant acquired the former 150,000 sq. ft. Lamb Technicon plant on Eugenie Street in Windsor.

Valiant manufactures tooling and automated production systems for the automotive and aerospace industries.

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