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An Indian company’s new $30-million-dollar factory will make new car parts while repairing lives in the beleaguered Motor City.

Sakthi Automotive Group has officially broken ground on a Detroit, Michigan factory that will actively recruit former convicts for many of the 350 jobs it will create.

The Indian company has already hired 25 former inmates through its partnership with Focus: HOPE, a nonprofit that trains ex-convicts for manufacturing jobs.

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“Everything about this city’s recovery starts with jobs,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said during the groundbreaking ceremony October 19. “This city is not going to be what it should be unless everybody’s included in that comeback, and if you look at what’s happening here, it’s remarkable.”

The company builds suspension and steering parts for Ford and General Motors. The new plant will supply parts for two GM cars.

Sakthi expects to open the 180,000 square foot, $30 million plant in March.

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