Wednesday, March 21, 2012
KUNZELSAU, Germany -
Gov. Rick Snyder today met with executives of German automotive suppliers whose
companies operate in Michigan, seeking to strengthen relationships and attract
new job-creating investments.
"Michigan is the best place for German
companies, and particularly auto suppliers, that are interested in expanding in
North America," Snyder said. "We offer a more business-friendly environment, a
strong manufacturing base, research and development opportunities, and a highly
skilled, highly productive work force that provide Michigan companies a great
advantage over their competitors."
Snyder met with executives from
several German companies including Herzing+Schroth in Obertshausen, Brose
Fahrzeugteile in Wurzburg and the Würth Group in Kunzelsau.
Herzing+Schroth, which designs and manufactures transmission and engine
parts, established its U.S. operations with the opening of the company's Troy
office where it will manufacture high-precision engine and powertrain
Brose Fahrzeugteile's U.S. headquarters is in Auburn Hills,
with a manufacturing facility in Warren. The automotive supplier has over 650
employees between the two locations.
The Würth Group has more than 400
companies in 84 countries and employs 66,000 people worldwide. A division of
Wurth, Dokka Fasteners Inc., established a state-of-the-art manufacturing
facility in Auburn Hills in 2010. Dokka produces fasteners for wind turbines,
drilling rigs, cranes and steel construction.
Snyder has traveled Europe
in a one-week investment mission to Italy and Germany. State business leaders
and economists see great potential growth opportunities for Michigan:
- Michigan exports to Europe totaled $6 billion in 2011,
with transportation equipment and chemicals accounting for nearly half of the
- Michigan exports to Italy totaled $394
million in 2011, with transportation equipment accounting for more than half of
the total. Italy accounted for 6 percent of the state's total exports to Europe
- Michigan exports to Germany totaled nearly
$1.8 billion in 2011, led by transportation equipment, nonmetallic mineral
products and primary metal manufacturing. Germany accounted for nearly 30
percent of Michigan exports to Europe in
- Approximately 80,000 Michigan residents are
employed by German- and Italian-owned companies that operate here. These
companies, representing a wide range of industry sectors, are heavily
concentrated in advanced automotive manufacturing and research and development,
sectors well known for producing high-wage
The mission is Snyder's
second since taking office in 2011. Last September, he led an eight-day trade
mission in Asia, where he and a Michigan delegation met with Japanese, Chinese
and Korean government officials and major company executives to promote business
opportunities in Michigan.
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Gov. Rick Snyder and Michael
Finney, Michigan Economic Development Corp. president and CEO, tour Brose
Fahrzeugteile, a skilled-trades apprentice center in Wurzburg, Germany.