LIFT CEO & Executive Director Statement On Ford Acquiring Michigan Central Station

June 19, 2018


Joe Steele



New LIFT CEO & Executive Director and Former Michigan Auto Czar Statement On Ford Acquiring Michigan Central Station

DETROIT – The statement below can be attributed to Nigel Francis, chief executive officer & executive director, LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a Corktown-based Manufacturing USA institute focused on lightweight metals research and development and education:

“We are thrilled to see Ford Motor Company making such an incredible investment in Corktown and applaud its leadership for their vision of the auto industry here in southeast Michigan. As the lightweight metals R&D institute already in Corktown, we look forward to continuing to build this neighborhood into the hub of innovation and technology for the auto industry and beyond.”


LIFT, one of the founding Manufacturing USA institutes, and part of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation program, is a Detroit-based public-private partnership dedicated to developing and deploying advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to better prepare the workforce today and in the future.