A team of more than 220 Ford workers developing driverless and electric vehicles is planning a move to Corktown, the oldest neighborhood in Detroit.
“Returning to Detroit is particularly meaningful, because it is where my great-grandfather originally set out to pursue his passion and where we have always called our home,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of the automaker.
The neighborhood derives its name from County Cork, Ireland, after immigrants settled there. Ancestors of Bill Ford emigrated from County Cork.
The automaker will locate its business and strategy teams, including Team Edison, in a 45,000-square-foot building known as The Factory at 1907 Michigan Ave., across the street from the old Tiger Stadium site. The location was once home to Chicago Hosiery and Detroit-Alaska Knitting Mills factories.
The new location, designed to provide urban insight into product use, will be up and running in early 2018.
“It’s such a conducive environment for sharing ideas, for collaboration and for accelerating our electric vehicle efforts," said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president.
Most recently, The Factory has served as headquarters for Buhl Sport Detroit and Brothers Tuning Detroit, and has undergone extensive renovations. The Factory will continue to be the headquarters for both companies, which will be Ford Land tenants.
The employees will be moving from Dearborn.