As a key partner in the Walbridge Aristeo Joint Venture (WAJV), Aristeo managed the renovation of two engine plants into the Detroit Assembly Complex, Detroit’s first new assembly plant in three decades. This project was part of Stellantis’ $1.6 billion investment repurposing two former engine plants and building a new paint shop to create a state-of-the-art assembly site for two new electrified Jeep vehicles, adding 3,850 new jobs.
This brownfield reclamation project provided unique challenges, however WAJV utilized proactive and collaborative planning to remove miles of flumes, modify/reinforce hundreds of trusses and execute other updates across the facility. Critical to its success, WAJV also exceeded its goals to work with diverse-owned businesses, Detroit-based businesses and to hire Detroit residents. Aristeo ironworkers recorded 226,960 manhours with zero documented injuries, resulting in a Bronze Zero Injury Safety Award (ZISA). The project was completed on an accelerated 19-month schedule and had an excellent safety record of no lost time injuries across 1.3 million total manhours.