Tweddle Group, a Clinton Township-based developer of connected vehicle and diagnostic products, will open a technology-focused office in the Francis Palms building in downtown Detroit, home of The Fillmore Detroit (formerly State Theatre).
“We will be able to support our customers better, and attract the best and brightest in the technology sector by locating to such a prominent location, with close access to other technology partners,” says Ty Beltramo, chief innovation officer at Tweddle Group.
Beltramo says the company will occupy the entire eighth floor of the building, located at 2111 Woodward Ave. He says about 30 technology employees will work out of the 7,000-square-foot space, with more staff members making the move next year. He says about 50 employees will work in the new office by 2017.
Beltramo says the Francis Palms building was chosen for its proximity to public transportation, including the future M-1 Rail (set to open in early 2017), and features like a bike storage area and high-speed Internet connectivity. Detroit Economic Growth Corp. assisted Tweddle Group in identifying and securing the new space.
Tweddle Group has about 700 employees with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia (more than 350 employees working out of the Clinton Township headquarters). The company offers information and publishing solutions for automotive OEMs such as BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Co., and Nissan, among others.
In October, Tweddle Group partnered with FCA US to offer a touchscreen owner’s manual as a standard feature for the 2016 Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300.