• Mar 17, 2010
General Motors may have sold off Saab to Spyker for $74 million and a 50 gallon bucket of Swedish meatballs, but it appears the "Born From Jets" automaker isn't saying goodbye to Michigan altogether. The Detroit News is reporting that Saab has chosen small but trendy Royal Oak, MI as the location for the company's North American headquarters. The move makes sense given the fact that Michigan has oodles of engineering talent and many of the world's automakers and suppliers have a presence in the Mitten State. The move will be a short one as well, as WWJ radio in Detroit reports that the 60 workers will transfer from Saab's old headquarters at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

To help lure Saab to the Southeast Michigan suburbs, the state's Economic Development Authority has reportedly granted Saab a five year, $1.2 million high technology tax break. In exchange, the state of Michigan keeps 60 jobs that pay, on average, $88,000 per year and opportunity for growth in the next few years. In fact, Saab says there is potential for the company's North American headquarters to grow to 158 people by 2014. That would represent an estimated $2 million per year for the beleaguered state, a development that would turn the tax break into a win for the region.

Mike Colleran, chief operating officer of Saab Cars North America, told the DetNews that the company closed on the 13,000 square foot facility in February and employees will inhabit the building by the end of March.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      People are getting paid $88k a year to build Saabs? What?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd think it's more Managers in suits than Engineers at desks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok, that makes sense then. I was thinking $88k a year to work in an assembly line? Time for a career change!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only factory in the US remotely involved with Saab was in Ohio, where the Trollblazer (9-7x) was built. People aren't being paid $88,000 to build these cars. That is the compensation for engineers, and to me, it seems about average for an engineering job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they carpool... that building is tiny and no room to expand in that condensed commercial/industrial park. No way 60 cars are going to fit in that lot, plus the Saab pool cars, press cars, etc. I must say a very very odd choice of location considering all the available commercial property in RO and surrounding areas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's great news. If I don't end up working there, (which I would love to do), I have a house to sell only a couple of miles away. Maybe this will help the value.
      • 4 Years Ago
      C'mon SAAB! Bring us something truly worth DRIVING! Something beautifully basic, yet extremely well put together. Sort of like the Alfa 2uetto concept.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought New Jersey was the standard spot for European automakers to set up their North American HQ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it depends on the work going on in "HQ". If it is like Jaguar where the engineering and design work all happens in the Motherland, then you go with NJ, just outside NYC,to have access to all the marketing and PR talent. If the company is doing engineering and/or design work in the States, then it makes sense to be in Detroit and to a lesser extent California.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why -- if you had a chance to rebuild Saab -- would you choose anywhere even close to Detroit?

        I'd want to get away from the Detroit-think and move to either the East Coast or West Coast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its just a bunch of simple jacks up there in Michigan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Royal Oak, rural? ok...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quite the biased opinion.
        Care to expound upon this assertion?


        Wait, i'm from the Midwest, so I should probably dumb my thoughts down.

        Thas quit thuh statemint, frend.
        Whatchu talkin bout?
        • 4 Years Ago
        well let me expand on my statement for you. First off I too and from the midwest, fortunately im form a city and therefor am not lumped in with he general midwest crowd.
        now my statement about simple jack. Have you ever been to rural Michigan or for that part almost anywhere. besides the college kids and a couple of detroit suburbs, the entire state seems content living the dream and watching american idol(and all other network shows) until they die and go to heaven. Most have no idea whats going on in the world and simply dont care. like i said there are exceptions but on the most part its the simple state.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no what i was saying is that anywhere thats rural has simple jacks. royal oaks no.
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