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SPOTLIGHT: Anthony Hughes, Carpenter, Detroiter

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Detroit-resident Anthony Hughes has always had a deep love for his hometown. That love only grew deeper when he heard about the opportunity to work on construction projects in The District Detroit and support the city’s resurgence with his own hands.

In the skilled trades, Hughes found a career he truly enjoys, and he regularly works to introduce the trades to Detroiters seeking employment opportunities.

Carpenters and other skilled trades are in high-demand as a construction boom continues throughout downtown and The District Detroit.

“It’s hard work but worth it in the end.” Hughes said.  “We make a good wage.”

Working as a carpenter on the new Mike Ilitch School of Business and previously at Little Caesars Arena, Hughes is making an impact everyday as he helps build structures that will stand tall for years to come.

From layouts, hanging drywall and constructing ceiling grids to installing interior and exterior framing, Hughes works hard every day to ensure he makes his mark.

“This is the city where I was born and where I grew up, so it’s important to me to leave some kind of legacy behind,” Hughes said. “I want to be able to show my kids and grandkids what I built in Detroit and have them enjoy it. That makes me feel good.”

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions — The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.