A New Manufacturing Facility in Detroit

Flex-N-Gate is a leading manufacturer and supplier of components for the automotive industry. The company purchased a 30-acre plot of land on Detroit’s east side with plans to build a manufacturing facility to supply automotive parts to Ford Motor Company. This parcel of land is a part of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s I-94 Industrial Corridor Park, for which NFE previously provided ALTA/NSPS land title surveys, topographic surveys, underground utility surveys and other consulting services.

Under the ownership of Flex-N-Gate, NFE performed additional surveying services to complete a comprehensive boundary and topographic survey to support the development of the 480,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Additionally, NFE was retained by the IBI Group, architect for the project, to perform site planning and prepare construction drawings for all proposed site infrastructure required for the full development of the site, including utility relocation, sewer relocations, paving and grading, water main and landscape design. NFE also provided construction assistance throughout the construction process, including construction layout for three different contractors.

Flex-N-Gate during construction at I-94 Industrial Corridor Park in Detroit, Michigan

Ground breaking for the facility was on April 24, 2017 with construction completed in October 2018. The manufacturing facility is the new centerpiece to the city’s growing I-94 Industrial Park and is a sign of the city and state’s success in attracting more manufacturing jobs back to Detroit. Flex-N-Gate joins other new manufacturing and industrial facilities, including LINC Logistics and ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks, in an area that just 10 years ago was mostly vacant land and abandoned buildings.

NFE is proud to have been part of this project through initial planning all the way to construction. For more information on this project or for your next industrial project, contact Jeff Huhta at 248-332-7931 or jhuhta@nfe-engr.com.