Pace Industries provides die casting, manufacturing and engineering across the globe for customers in the automotive, lighting, appliance and powersports industries. Pace Industries’ new headquarters is located at 28125 Cabot Drive.

Pace Industries provides die casting, manufacturing and engineering across the globe for customers in the automotive, lighting, appliance and powersports industries. Pace Industries’ new headquarters is located at 28125 Cabot Drive.

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Automotive business relocates headquarters to Novi, invests $1.9M

By: Jonathan Shead | Novi Note | Published August 29, 2021

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NOVI — One of the nation’s leading providers of die-casting solutions for the automotive industry, Pace Industries now calls Novi its home after it moved its corporate headquarters from Arkansas.

The move created more than 60 new full-time jobs initially and brought in a private investment of $1.9 million. Novi was chosen over Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta, or remaining in Fayetteville.

Pace Industries provides die casting, manufacturing and engineering across the globe for customers in the automotive, lighting, appliance and powersports industries. After relocating its headquarters, the company now has 360 employees in Michigan between Novi and one of its manufacturing facilities in Muskegon.

The company received a $250,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund, an arm of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, for its move. The city of Novi has offered support to the company in the form of videography work, marketing assistance and helping them recruit new employees.

“The decision by Pace Industries, a leading national die casting manufacturer, to relocate its headquarters to Michigan underscores the strength of our business climate and creates more good-paying, high-skill jobs for our talented workforce,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a press release earlier this summer. “This is great news for workers, their families and our economy as we continue our economic jumpstart and put Michigan back to work. With the help of companies like Pace, we can build back our state’s economy stronger than ever before.”

The company’s relocation, Pace Industries CEO Donald Hampton Jr. said in a statement, sprouted from the desire to plant the company closer to a larger talent pool and to its suppliers and customers.

“Pace Industries recently moved its global headquarters to the Metro Detroit area for better access to our customer and supply bases, and the engaged, experienced talent that Michigan has to offer,” he said. “The MEDC, Detroit Regional Partnership, city and county all provided support with the initial move, and continue to work as valued partners as we expand our team.”

A Pace Industries representative could not be reached for further comment by press time.

Novi Economic Development Director Michael McCready is happy that the city was chosen over larger metropolitan competitors.

“We’re glad they’re here, and we’re looking forward to getting to know them and working with them, and others like them, too,” he said. “It’s great they’re coming here, and I understand why. We have a great talent pool to draw from, and people want access to that.”

According to the latest United States census data, the city’s population grew from 55,224  residents in 2010 to 66,243 residents in 2020, an increase that McCready said means more potential employees, like young graduates and others who have come to the area, for Pace to hire.

“I think they’re in a really good position right now to grow the company and expand their client base,” McCready said. “We’ve got a really good recipe going on here. It’s on a tremendous climb.”

The company isn’t the only entity benefiting from its relocation. The company’s move adds to the MEDC’s recent efforts to expand and strengthen the state’s automotive manufacturing industry and capture a larger market share.

“We are pleased to welcome Pace Industries headquarters to Michigan as they create 64 new advanced manufacturing jobs and tap into a robust, highly skilled talent pool that stretches across all corners of the state,” Josh Hundt, chief business development officer and executive vice president of the MEDC, said in a press release.

“(The) grand opening is yet another reminder that the ingenuity and innovation of our incredible business community here in Michigan remains unmatched. We appreciate the efforts of local partners in Novi to support this project and will work with Pace Industries as it continues to grow and add jobs for Michigan residents.”

The company’s new headquarters is located at 28125 Cabot Drive. The building is owned by Northern Equities and had been empty prior to Pace Industries’ arrival, McCready said.

For more information, or to learn about careers at Pace Industries, visit paceind.com/careers.

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