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Lear Revs Up for the Detroit Grand Prix

Detroit, start your engines! On Friday, May 15, Lear officially kicked off our inaugural year of sponsorship for the Detroit Grand Prix. Our team excitedly gathered on the front lawn of our Southfield Campus for an afternoon filled with classic cars, good food and fun.

At our pre-event picnic, Lear hosted one of the IndyCar showcars that will be racing in the highly anticipated Detroit Grand Prix, set to take place May 29-31 on Belle Isle. Lear team members had the opportunity to view the car up close and take pictures while enjoying an employee picnic.

Several Lear employees also brought their classic cars to showcase at the event—from Mustangs to Camaros, the cars on display nearly transformed our grounds into a mini version of the Woodward Dream Cruise!

Other event highlights included Fathead’s signature cardboard cutouts of racers sporting Lear gear and a display of a real fire-suit, similar to the ones worn by Grand Prix drivers. Our team was encouraged to share their favorite moments and photo-ops on social media using the hashtag #LearRevsUp.

The Detroit Grand Prix signals the unofficial start of summer in the Motor City, and the Lear team is revved up to be a part of it!


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Operational Excellence by Lear: New Partnership with Xenith Brings Jobs to Detroit

On April 28, Lear Corporation announced its partnership with Xenith, a developer of innovative world-class football helmets and other sporting gear.

The company relocated helmet assembly operations from the east coast to Detroit to partner with Lear and several other Detroit-based companies. Major investors include Quicken Loans Chairman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores, owner of the Detroit Pistons.

The Xenith production facility in Detroit will employ approximately 60-70 full-time employees, with Lear workers comprising a majority of the assembly workforce.

Xenith is known for its high-tech helmets, featuring Xenith Adaptive Head Protection®. The innovative system is modeled after air-bag technology to minimize head movement during sudden impact and reduce the risk of concussion.

The partnership with Xenith further displays Lear’s reputation for superior quality, expertise in manufacturing and customer service.

“We currently supply performance textiles that are used in some of the biggest brand-name sports apparel in the business,” said Lear Vice President of Seating for the Americas Jeneanne Hanley. “This opportunity with Xenith will allow Lear to leverage our expertise in manufacturing and our culture of operational excellence to produce outstanding sporting equipment while bringing jobs to Detroit.”

On top of bringing new jobs to the area, Xenith is committed to sourcing as many of its materials as possible directly from Michigan. Detroit investors are thrilled to welcome Xenith to the local manufacturing landscape.

“From the earliest automobiles to today’s top-quality Shinola watches and bikes, Detroit’s reputation for manufacturing, assembly and design is unmatched,” said Dan Gilbert. “Xenith is honored to join the ranks of so many storied brands made in Detroit. We look forward to playing a key role in Detroit’s sports story, while growing a business and creating jobs alongside other quality manufacturers in our great city.”


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