December 10th, 2010
03:36 PM ET

India looking to hire in Detroit

A company with roots in India is planning to nearly double its presence in Michigan.

Tata Technologies - part of the Mumbai-based Tata Group - is looking to fill 400 job openings primarily for its North American headquarters in Michigan. The company organized a job fair in Southfield, Michigan, just outside Detroit, to attract potential auto engineers, designers and product lifecycle managers.

Tata routinely works with the Unites States' largest auto manufacturers; one of its biggest partnerships is with Chrysler.  The employees they are looking to hire will end up putting a lot of their skills to work within some of Tata's customers - which also include Ford and General Motors.

Tata Group gained worldwide attention in 2008 when it purchased the high-class Jaguar and Land Rover brands from Ford Motor Corp. The next year, it unveiled its supercheap Nano minicar, which the company hopes to offer globally.

See Tata's Nano car

News that the company is hiring in the Detroit area was particularly good for John Kloian of Milford.

"I’ve worked for Chrysler, General Motors, and the last 20 years with Ford Motor, but (since) the last salaried reduction, I've been out of work," he said.

That was in January 2009.

Tata currently employs only 550 people in North America. Candidates at this week's job fair in Southfield are being pre-qualified on the spot and will go through two rounds of interviews with company recruiters. A testing room is even set up so candidates can show their proficiency in computer-aided design.

Adding 400 jobs represents "a significant jump" for Michigan, according to John Howaniec, president of Tata's PLM Solutions Division. The state's unemployment rate is near 13 percent, compared with the national average of about 9 percent.

"It really represents a turning point, we believe, in the manufacturing industry here in Michigan," he said.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    ok i have just read several things from other detroiters and i would like 2 state and which im sure i will get alot of agreement on. of all the companies and cities that recieved stimulus funds how many were accoumtable like the big 3 and have pd back $?

    December 12, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. grim reaper

    The real deal is this indiancompany will hire some people but not want to pay them squat, or give out any benefits. the new hires will unionize, and go on strike, and the company will relocate to mexico or china or haiti.

    December 12, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. ifteras

    PHIL IS NOT REQUIRED IN INDIA. PLEASE NOTE.
    WE NEED TECHNOCRATS AND NOT IDIOTS LIKE PHIL.
    KEEP HIM WHERE HE BELONGS.

    December 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ifteras

    MAADERCHUT
    do you remember why the president came to india for.
    TO BEG FOR JOBS IN HIS COUNTRY.
    WE ARE OFFERING HIM SOMETHING. APPRECIATE THAT.

    December 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jgo

    When Hillary Clinton gave a speech at the dedication of the Tata North American Head-Quarters in Buffalo, NY, they said they'd be hiring 1K US citizens to work there. After several years, the mayor reported that they'd hired "maybe 10". On 2007-09-21 Tata Consultancy Services announced plans to open a 1K person North American Head-Quarters at Milford, Miami township, Clermont county, OH, on the eastern edge of Cincinnati, after governments in the area gave them about $19M in incentives. It opened 2008-03-17. They now say they employ 400 there but refuse to say how many are US citizens or people born in the state, for instance, and instead talking about people "hired from colleges in the region", which could mean students from India or Ecuador or Ghana or Red China.

    Now they're pulling the same scam in Detroit, MI.

    At the beginning of 2009 September, Tata announced plans to hire 25K additional people globally through 2010 September, over 90% of which would be from India.

    And the Nano isn't selling well even in India.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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