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Growth Industries

  • Advanced Manufacturing

    Michigan has more engineers per capita than any other state. The state’s numerous R&D centers provide engineering, design and research support for several industries, including automation, materials, defense and manufacturing systems. 


    Michigan is home to more than 600 aerospace-related companies. Carbon fiber companies, major tooling and engineering software providers, and major universities offer resources to fuel the industry. Top ranked aerospace engineering programs at the University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University provide a talented workforce and access to millions spent annually on research to support this booming industry.


    Michigan is second only to California in terms of agricultural diversity and produces over 300 commodities, which generate nearly $100 billion annually. Numerous support resources are available, including several Michigan State University experimental stations and the Global Food Protection Institute.

    Automotive Industry

    Michigan produces more cars and trucks than any other state. It’s number one in employment of industrial and mechanical engineers and is home to the headquarters of 63 of the top 100 automotive suppliers. Additionally, Michigan has a premier automotive education program.

    Additional automotive strategy information is available from our Automotive Industry Office 


    To assist this growing sector, the Michigan Defense Center and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) are important resources for Michigan's defense industrial base. The Michigan Defense Center and PTACs work together, matching the capabilities of Michigan entrepreneurs, companies and researchers with federal contract opportunities.

    Information Technology

    The number of high-tech startups in Michigan is booming, encouraged by the state’s network of SmartZones, which incubates the growth of technology-based businesses and jobs. They direct resources to commercializing ideas, patents and other opportunities. Accelerators like NextEnergy and Wayne State University-based Techtown bridge startups from incubation to commercialization. Michigan is the unrivaled epicenter for R&D activity, testing prototyping and manufacturing for all aspects of connected vehicles and intelligent transportation systems.

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