Bedrock and Diversified Synergies to Create New Job Opportunities in Detroit with Launch of Packaging and Distribution Center in Delray Neighborhood
June 24, 2022
Diversified Synergies LLC (DSL) – a packaging and distributor for pharmaceutical, food and consumer goods for Fortune 500 companies – will lease approximately 200,000 sq. ft. at Bedrock’s Fort Street Industrial Campus
Upon full operating capacity, DSL will deliver more than 1,000 new local jobs and hire primarily from within the Detroit community
This lease further emphasizes the importance and demand for incentives to develop modern industrial facilities as DSL joins LM Manufacturing and Magna in Detroit
June 24, 2022 [DETROIT] – Bedrock, Detroit’s largest real estate developer, today announced a five-year agreement with Diversified Synergies LLC (DSL) to lease approximately 200,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and distribution space at 201 Waterman. Located in the Delray neighborhood, the Bedrock-owned Fort Street Industrial Campus – formerly named the Sakthi Industrial Campus – is expected to open as early as July 2022 and will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs at full operating capacity.
"Bedrock's announcement that Diversified Synergies will be bringing another 1,000 good paying jobs to this formerly vacant site in the Delray neighborhood is great news for Detroit. Between major employers like Stellantis, Ford's Train Station project and now the Fort Street industrial campus, as well as others, we have attracted nearly 15,000 good paying jobs outside of our downtown and midtown area. Our team at Detroit at Work will be working closely with Diversified Synergies to help ensure that Detroit residents have access to these new employment opportunities at this new southwest Detroit employment center," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
DSL is a joint venture between Staffing Synergies, Inc. and Diversified Chemical Technology, Inc. (DCTI). Both companies are African American owned and certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). Combined, they offer hundreds of years of experience in manufacturing, kitting and packaging.
“In other locations across the Country, finding workers is often the most challenging problem, whereas, in Detroit, there is a readily available labor pool. This packaging distribution facility is an opportunity for Bedrock and DSL to provide a substantial number of new local jobs,” said Doug Crawley, CEO, DSL. “Our goals are to pay a living wage, provide training and opportunities for career advancement and to finds ways to give back to the community. We look forward to working together to make a difference in Detroit.”
One of DSL’s core values is its commitment to community engagement and employee investment. Diversified Synergies is a diverse and inclusive working environment and a second-chance employer. DSL offers its valued team members competitive, living wages and prioritizes employee development and advancement to ensure that talent is retained in Detroit.
“I am excited to welcome Diversified Synergies to Detroit. This move both supports our decision to add industrial assets to our growing portfolio and highlights the need for more modern industrial facilities in Detroit. The commitment of the owners of this company to Detroit is gratifying and is evidenced by their focus on hiring from and within the city,” said Kofi Bonner, CEO of Bedrock. “What really excites me is knowing that when both our new tenants at the industrial facilities, Diversified Synergies and LM Manufacturing, are operating at near full capacities there will be almost 1,500 new hires, with well-paid sustainable jobs. As we work to increase job opportunities in Detroit, we will continue to grow our industrial base with more like-minded employers.”
The lease with DSL further emphasizes the importance and demand for modern industrial facilities in Detroit. The Delray Industrial District is currently home to LM Manufacturing and Magna and now, DSL, and it continues to highlight the accelerated revitalization efforts in the local community.
Bedrock acquired the former Sakthi Industrial Campus in September of 2020. The nearly 37-acre acquisition includes approximately 529,000 sq. ft. of industrial and manufacturing space, 89,000 sq. ft. of office and flex space, along with more than 10 acres of developable land.
Diversified Synergies LLC kits, packages and distributes products for pharmaceutical, food and consumer goods for Fortune 500 companies. DSL is a joint venture between Staffing Synergies, Inc., and Diversified Chemical Technology, Inc. (DCTI). DSL Corporate Headquarters are in Highland Park, MI.
Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specializing in innovative city-building strategies, reaching far beyond the boundaries of bricks and mortar. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland, including landmark developments at the Hudson’s Site, the Book Tower restoration, City Modernand the May Company Building. Bedrock’s portfolio totals more than 22 million square feet of office, retail and residential space within new construction and adaptive reuse projects.
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