Post Number: 207
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 9:30 am: || |
Would anyone know the employee numbers at both the Ford and Chrysler HQ’s? Just curious, as I have always wondered what kind of impact a Ford tower or Chrysler tower would have downtown. Could you imagine?........wishful thinking, but I always hoped Ford or Chrysler would attempt to streamline operations by centralizing jobs back to Michigan and then build new offices for those people downtown…..Oh well, missed opportunity.
What about other auto companies like Lear, Delphi ect.....does anyone know the numbers at their HQ's?
Post Number: 2194
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 10:31 am: || |
What's the benefit to be gained for any of them moving? They're all scaled-down versions of their former selves and not rolling in cash. As long as their offices have good communication, they could operate anywhere globally--even in a lunar colony.
Besides, Automation Alley headquartered in Oakland County (Troy) has a greater influence on business locally already than any of its members moving to downtown Detroit for no good reasons.
Post Number: 208
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 10:52 am: || |
That was not what I was asking; I want to know the numbers......and was not serious about them moving, I was just saying hypothetically what the impact of more people being in downtown.
Post Number: 210
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 10:53 am: || |
I guess this sort of piggy backs on the discussion if Detroit would "rival" chicago if all those buildings were downtown instead of the burbs.
Post Number: 830
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:37 pm: || |
Lear just built a new HQ on Telegraph and 8 Mile. They ain't moving anywhere soon. Ford will want to stay in Dearborn as that is where there engineering is, their founder's home, as well as the museum that bears his name.
I can't see Chrysler leaving the Lee Iaccoa's Palace of Auburn Hills without a major growth spurt. All facets of the business are operated out of the building from a factory to test model change over, too engineering, to adminstration.
We should be more focused upon getting the Chinese and Korean car makers downtown. It would make sense to strike while the iron is hot.
However, we should also try to diversify our economy more. We should no longer be so concerned about the auto industry expansion. We should look for other opportunities.
Post Number: 293
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:47 pm: || |
Probably a thousand employees and the Ford HQ and two thousand at the Chrysler HQ. Just a rough guess.
Post Number: 210
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:57 pm: || |
I dont see why Ford can't stop using one of their tall buildings and move downtown. Sell that building and move the headquarters too the surface lot bounded by Randolph, E.Lafayette, Brush, and E.Fort Street. Half of the lot could be used as a parking garage for County Employees and the other half for the Ford Headquarters. Comparing the size of that site to the size of one of their buildings now, we could have a 40 story building built.
Post Number: 81
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:09 pm: || |
Yeah why wouldnt Ford want to dump a perfectly good building to build a 40+ skyscraper downtown? I mean its common sense. I hope the sarcasm is picked up there. Then again with the way they run their car company and football team who knows what they are thinking.
Post Number: 1304
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 2:20 pm: || |
"Sell that building and move the headquarters too the surface lot bounded by Randolph, E.Lafayette, Brush, and E.Fort Street."
I'm sure you're joking, but seriously... that surface parking lot is an absolute gold mine for the owners. I would be surprised to ever see a building rise on that spot.
Post Number: 1266
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 6:14 pm: || |
10,000 at Chrysler HQ. This is for the Tech Center and the Admin Tower.
I don't know about Ford HQ building. Lot smaller. Engineering is spread out more. Chrysler is almost all under one roof.
Post Number: 921
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 7:12 pm: || |
The auto companies were never headquarted downtown, not even during the halcyon days. Why would they want to now? GM took over the re-cen because it was a good opportunity, a bargain.
Post Number: 211
|Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 5:11 am: || |
I was not saying they are going to move, or should move, I was just wondering what the numbers were in a hypothetical sense similar to the "what Detroit would be like if these buildings were downtown" thread.
Post Number: 834
|Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 9:21 pm: || |
It would be cool to have all skyscappers downtown not just for GM but for Ford and the Japanese and EU carmarkes. Sort of an Embassy Row of automotive headquarters. It might not make sense logistically.