By Dustin Walsh
- Consulting firm will move local HQ from Southfield in the fall
- Plans to hire 200 more by end of 2020
- New 10,000-square-foot facility in Livonia features lab and demo space
Global consulting firm Accenture plc is doubling down on its presence in Southeast Michigan by opening a new innovation center in Livonia and hiring 200 more workers in Detroit in the next 2 1/2 years.
The company announced Monday the opening of its Livonia Industry X.0 Innovation Center at 13600 Otterson Court near I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia. The 10,000-square-foot facility features lab and demo space focused on aiding local clients in the digitization of work to improve product development, engineering, manufacturing, customer experience and cybersecurity, the company said in a news release.
The innovation center is the eighth U.S. opening in recent years, including new locations in Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Houston, New York, San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.
The move highlights Accenture’s move to increase market share, said Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture North America. Accenture now has the largest market share in North America in its field and 55 percent of its global revenue stems from client work in the digital, cloud and security spaces.
“The need for companies to embrace this is what is driving our growth,” Sweet said. “In Detroit, the big disruptors to the auto industry are autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles. These trends aren’t going away and that disruption requires a rotation to the services we provide.”
Accenture employs 868 in metro Detroit and plans to hire 200 more by the end of 2020, a 23 percent increase in workers.
The hiring coincides with Accenture’s plan to move its regional office in Southfield to 1001 Woodward Ave. in Detroit this fall. Sweet said that many of the new hires will work in the 10,00-square-foot Detroit office, which is owned by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock LLC.
“(Detroit) is a more attractive place to attract talent,” Sweet said. “It’s become a community of startups, companies and community partners that we want to be a part of.”
Accenture has been active in recent years in investing in talent initiatives, including a $10 million donation as part of an overall $300 million effort to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the region.
It’s also participating in the Grand Circus Apprenticeship Program and plans to increase its tech-based program to 14 apprentices next year, Sweet said.