Adient scraps plan for downtown Detroit headquarters


DETROIT — Adient plc will no longer move its headquarters to downtown Detroit.

The spinoff of Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. confirmed it has informed Mayor Mike Duggan of its decision to scrap its move into the Marquette Building on West Congress Street next to Cobo Center. Adient will remain in its current Plymouth Township headquarters, a spokeswoman said Monday.

“This is in no way a reflection on the city of Detroit or its outstanding revitalization efforts, but an internal decision by Adient that it can no longer fund the project in a way that will properly restore this historic gem to the city’s landscape,” Mary Kay Dodero said in an email to Crain’s. “We will work with the mayor’s office and other partners to make sure the Marquette Building goes to an owner who also appreciates the historic significance of the building.”

Adient had planned to spend nearly $100 million on relocating its main office from Plymouth to the Marquette Building at 243 W. Congress St. The news comes a week after CEO Bruce McDonald retired and former General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson was named as interim CEO for the auto supplier.

The company has struggled to maintain consistent profitability since its spinoff, reporting a $1.5 billion loss in 2016 before recovering to a net income of $877 million last year.

But financials have struggled again in fiscal year 2018, being dragged down by its money-losing seat structures and mechanisms division with its $3.3 billion in debt. In the second fiscal quarter of 2018, Adient reported a net loss of $168 million on revenue of $4.6 billion.

The 164,000-square-foot Marquette Building is vacant and under renovation above the first floor, which is wrapped with signage saying, “Hello, Detroit. We can’t wait to be your neighbor.”

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