Bangladesh textile company opening factory in Detroit switches gears to manufacture masks

Wed, May 27, 2020

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A conglomerate company from Bangladesh sets their eyes on the Motor City. The textile business was making plans to open a clothing factory in Detroit but with the pandemic, they’re shifting their focus to make masks and gowns.

“We felt it is a suitable place. We are getting a lot of support,” BEXIMCO CEO Syed Naved Husain said.

Bangledesh Export Import Company known as BEXIMCO is a large textile and pharmaceutical business. They make clothes for many well-known brands and designers.

In the past couple of years, they have been working with a Chicago-based company in hopes of making clothes in the U.S. with a factory in Detroit.

“I think there is a real opportunity to make clothes in America again,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan explained.

However, because of the pandemic, Husain tells us they changed plans.

“The fashion industry came down,” he explained. “All the retail shops closed worldwide, so we decided to leverage our textiles.”

Instead of clothes, they are making protective hospital gear like face masks. The company is making a $20 million investment in Detroit.

BEXIMCO is looking at several locations to build a factory with a goal to be up and running in less than a year. So why did they pick the Motor City? The CEO says Detroit is affordable, diverse and local officials are supportive.

Mayor Duggan says Detroiters are hardworking and willing to learn new skills.

“Who are ready to go to work and I think this is the right place. If you’re going to make things, Detroit is where you got to come,” Duggan added.

The first phase of the factory will create about 50 jobs. BEXIMCO is hoping to grow from there. The CEO says they are loyal to their staff in Bangledesh and committed to protecting the environment.


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