HNTB Corp., an engineering firm that specializes in transportation infrastructure projects, is doubling its staff in Michigan, adding 165 new jobs in Detroit and East Lansing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
The firm’s expansion, which is expected to come with a capital investment of $922,203, is being aided by a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program grant. The City of East Lansing is supporting the project by providing staff time off, according to a news release. The new jobs have an estimated average salary of $38.52 per hour, plus benefits.
HNTB, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has five locations in Michigan employing 164 people. The firm’s Detroit location is in the Renaissance Center. It has other offices in the state in East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Jackson and Sterling Heights.
“In Michigan, we’re fixing bad roads and creating good-paying jobs,” Whitmer said in a statement. “That’s why HNTB’s growth is good news for our state, our families and our economy. It underscores the competitive advantages our state has to offer to the cutting-edge businesses of cars, chips, engineering and manufacturing.”
In a statement, HNTB’s Michigan office leader and senior vice president Eric Morris said the company is “proud to be selected for this innovative grant program and to continue our local operations to meet the state’s infrastructure needs.” This grant will not only result in doubling HNTB jobs in Michigan, but will also allow us to grow our partnerships with the local subcontractors and suppliers who support us.”