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PURE AEROSPACE

See why the state that revolutionized the automotive industry has taken to the skies to become one of the top places in the country for aerospace business. Michigan.

What makes Michigan a leader

"Top 10 state in Aerospace" - PricewaterhouseCoopers

"Top 10 state in Aerospace" - PricewaterhouseCoopers

Home to more than 600 aerospace-related companies

Home to more than 600 aerospace-related companies

Comprehensive aerospace ecosystem

Comprehensive aerospace ecosystem

Employs more industrial designers than any other state

Employs more industrial designers than any other state

Highest concentration of electrical and mechanical engineers

Highest concentration of electrical and mechanical engineers

Home to two lightweight materials manufacturing U.S.A. institutes

Home to two lightweight materials manufacturing U.S.A. institutes

Manufacturing-friendly tax laws and business climate

Manufacturing-friendly tax laws and business climate

Aerospace Success Stories

GE Aviation

To meet current demands and anticipated growth, GE Aviation, one of the world’s leading aircraft engine suppliers, is investing $14.5 million in its west Michigan subsidiary, Johnson Technology. The investment, which includes an $800,000 performance-based grant from the MEDC and a local property tax abatement, will be used to convert a warehouse into a new facility to produce components for the new Leap engine. "The MEDC and the City of Norton Shores made the process simple and streamlined from start to finish and helped us get approval to put the work and the jobs in Muskegon," said Kevin Prindable, plant leader. Acquired by GE Aviation in 1997, this will be Johnson Technology’s third Muskegon-area aviation engine manufacturing facility. The company plans to add 100 jobs to its 700-person workforce.

Kalitta Air

Inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1992, Connie Kalitta has been synonymous with speed. Starting a career in transport aviation nearly 50 years ago, Kalitta has always been about delivering. With a $2 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Kalitta Air built an 80,000-square-foot hangar to maintain a growing fleet of aircraft and added 150 jobs. “It’s an exciting project and a good multiplier,” said former MEDC President and CEO Steve Arwood. Perfect for companies that have a need for speed in Pure Michigan.

SkySpecs, Inc.

Safer. Faster. That is the promise of the autonomous drone technology from Ann Arbor-based SkySpecs Inc. Used initially to enable drones to safely inspect wind turbines, use for cell towers and bridges is not far behind. And with help from the state to increase their online visibility in Europe, there’s no telling what heights SkySpecs will reach. It’s the type of support you’d expect from a state whose aerospace industry generates nearly $1 billion in annual sales. The kind of promise that’s Pure Michigan.

Why Michigan for aerospace

From manufacturing resources and capabilities to talent, Michigan offers everything you need to make your aerospace business soar. We’re a leader in materials R&D with Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and the Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). Plus, we have the largest concentration of electrical, mechanical and industrial engineers in the nation.

Michigan is also home to the Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC), supporting the development of Unmanned Aerial Systems through coordinated services, access to unique airspace and diverse geography. Experience the same prioritized FAA approval processes as the seven FAA UAS Test Sites when flying in Michigan. MUASC will coordinate the access you need to test your platform faster and more effectively in the state.

In addition, Michigan’s business climate is one of the most favorable in the Midwest. We eliminated personal property tax, which significantly reduces costs for companies that have expensive capital investments in equipment. And we’re consistently ranked among the top 10 states for major new and expanding facilities. In fact, about two-thirds of all Michigan businesses would recommend our state as a place to start a business.

Living in Michigan

Michigan’s attractive business climate is surpassed only by its natural beauty and active lifestyle. With four seasons, 11,000 lakes and the country’s longest freshwater coastline, Michigan offers ample opportunities to enjoy recreational activities like boating, fishing, golf, skiing, hiking and more. Michigan is also home to the highly regarded Detroit Institute of Arts, over 100 wineries, a growing dining and craft beer scene and four major league sports teams. We also have the lowest cost of living of any state in the Midwest. When it comes to living and doing business, nothing compares to Pure Michigan.

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