Tata Technologies, a Tata Group company, will relocate its North American headquarters from Novi, MI to Detroit in early 2019. Tata Technologies CEO Warren Harris and COO Sonal Ramrakhiani made the announcement at the company’s soon-to-be headquarters at 6001 Cass Ave. in Detroit on May 29. They were joined by Mayor Mike Duggan, Platform Executive Chairman Peter Cummings, Platform President and CEO Dietrich Knoer, and Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Executive Vice President Peter Chapman. The building, located in Detroit’s TechTown neighborhood, will undergo a complete rehabilitation to accommodate more than 150 Tata Technologies employees.
Harris listed proximity to leading automotive, mobility and tech companies, access to talent, and support from Detroit Mayor Duggan as just some of the reasons for the move.
“North America is a very important market for Tata Technologies,” Harris said. “Being part of Detroit’s business environment will enable access to automotive, mobility and tech companies, thereby accelerating our growth strategy and, in return, allowing us to reinvest in the city with new jobs. We are thankful to the Mayor, The Platform and the DEGC for their support in helping Tata Technologies locate its North American headquarters in Detroit.”
“For 150 years, the Tata Group has placed community at the core of its purpose,” said Sonal Ramrakhiani, Tata Technologies Chief Operating Officer – Americas. “In keeping with that ethos, Tata Technologies has actively contributed to community development since we were founded in Michigan in 1989. We look forward to contributing to the ‘resurgence of Detroit’ by creating STEM job opportunities.”
“We are thrilled that Tata Technologies has chosen Detroit as the site of its North American headquarters and will work with their partners at The Platform to renovate a significant building in our city’s core,” Mayor Duggan said. “Tata Technologies joins a growing number of global companies in choosing Detroit as a base. This move helps to strengthen Detroit’s position as a leader in automotive technology and mobility.”
The company’s new Detroit headquarters was built in 1927 as the Cadillac LaSalle Sales and Service Building. The 130,000-square-foot building was designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn and will also house a 6,000-square-foot gallery for Wayne State University’s art collection. The building is part of The Platform’s larger vision for TechTown, which also includes Cass & York, a 54-unit premier condominium development; an apartment building on Antoinette Street and a 550-space parking garage.
“We have long thought that Detroit’s TechTown and Milwaukee Junction areas should be a hub for today’s mobility economy,” Knoer said. “Tata Technologies’ decision to move into 6001 Cass is an important step in the execution of that vision. We are proud to welcome Tata Technologies to our building.”
The DEGC facilitated Tata Technologies’ move to Detroit, first connecting with company representatives at a Site Selector Forum held by the Business Development team last year. From there, Chapman and his team worked to identify real-estate options and reinforce Detroit’s value proposition.
“Detroit now serves as the nexus of placemaking and talent attraction for companies that want to grow here and abroad,” Chapman said. “Tata Technologies’ new headquarters will provide the company with a distinct competitive advantage. It also further defines Detroit as a global leader in strategic sectors such as mobility, innovation, technology and global commerce. Detroit is building a critical mass of global companies and foreign-owned enterprises that see the city’s value and are contributing to its vibrancy.”
Tata Technologies is a global engineering consulting organization with core specialization in the automotive, aerospace and industrial heavy machinery verticals. The company delivers customized solutions for engineering and design, product lifecycle management and enterprise IT system integration for the manufacturing sector. Tata Technologies is a company of engineers, led by engineers, with more than 8,500 associates representing 27 nationalities globally.