For Franklin Safety Group, Opportunity is Knocking Non-stop

Troy and Chanelle Franklin, founders of the Detroit-based Franklin Safety Group.

Troy Franklin, vice president, safety director and Chanelle L. Franklin, president – Franklin Safety Group

About two years ago, Chanelle and Troy Franklin heard opportunity knock when Stellantis announced it was investing $2.5 billion and creating 5,000 new jobs in the city of Detroit. Their business, the Franklin Safety Group, provides safety training and monitors safety protocols for construction projects. Soon after, they opened their office on Conner Avenue – just blocks away from Stellantis’ new Detroit Assembly Complex – and began working with the various contractors involved in the development of the Mack and Jefferson assembly plants, and they haven’t stopped since.

“We worked on the entire project, from excavation and utility location to all construction in and around the plant,” said Troy Franklin, vice president at Franklin Safety Group. 

It has been a huge opportunity for a small, Black-owned, family-run business like Troy’s. And while they have been able to grow their business, what makes Troy really proud is the way they have grown their workforce. They partnered with the Emerging Industries Training Institute (EITI) to provide Detroit residents a second chance in life with training and certification programs.

“We provide OSHA, safety and heavy equipment (training) to individuals in the EITI program, and then we can employ many of the people we train. And these are good, well-paying positions,” said Troy.

Franklin Safety Group offers several levels of training and certifications. Several people trained through Troy’s team started at $17/hour and can now earn close to $100,000 a year after acquiring additional certifications.

“It’s an economic domino effect: Stellantis works with businesses like us, and we in turn hire and train people from the community who go on to become skilled workers who are well compensated,” said Troy.

“Our goal is to get as many employees as close to six-figure salaries as possible. We are not just providing training; we are developing careers.”

Stellantis is one of the world’s leading automakers and a mobility provider, guided by a clear vision: to offer freedom of movement with distinctive, affordable and reliable mobility solutions. In addition to the Company’s rich heritage and broad geographic presence, its greatest strengths lie in its sustainable performance, depth of experience and the wide-ranging talents of employees working around the globe. Stellantis will leverage its broad and iconic brand portfolio, which was founded by visionaries who infused the marques with passion and a competitive spirit that speaks to employees and customers alike. Stellantis aspires to become the greatest, not the biggest, while creating added value for all stakeholders, as well as the communities in which it operates.

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