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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 ranks within the Top 10 in the nation for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness.

Michigan ranks within the Top 10 in the nation for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness.

Michigan is home to more than 600 aerospace-related companies.

Michigan is home to more than 600 aerospace-related companies.

Michigan has the 6th largest advanced manufacturing workforce in the country, with more than 62,800 workers employed in advanced manufacturing industries in 2023.

Michigan has the 6th largest advanced manufacturing workforce in the country, with more than 62,800 workers employed in advanced manufacturing industries in 2023.

Michigan leads the nation in concentration of employment for commercial and mechanical engineers.

Michigan leads the nation in concentration of employment for commercial and mechanical engineers.

The University of Michigan boasts the No. 3 ranked undergraduate aerospace engineering program in the country.

The University of Michigan boasts the No. 3 ranked undergraduate aerospace engineering program in the country.

Michigan is home to two lightweight materials manufacturing U.S.A. institutes.

Michigan is home to two lightweight materials manufacturing U.S.A. institutes.

Located within 500 miles of nearly half the U.S. and Canadian population and commerce centers, Michigan provides unparalleled access to the market.

Located within 500 miles of nearly half the U.S. and Canadian population and commerce centers, Michigan provides unparalleled access to the market.

Michigan has the highest concentration of electrical and mechanical engineers in the nation.

Michigan has the highest concentration of electrical and mechanical engineers in the nation.

Flying High: How Aerospace Propels Michigan’s Economy

Flying High: How Aerospace Propels Michigan’s Economy

Michigan has all the pieces necessary to not only birth technology and aerospace firms but take them to maturity and beyond. The state's strong talent pipeline, higher educational facilities, and growing venture capital community have been among the the keys to success for growing companies like to Orbion Space Technology, Northern Wings and more.

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Michigan's Aerospace and Defense Industries

As the state that revolutionized the automotive industry, Michigan has taken to the skies to become one of the top places in the country for aerospace business. The state is home to the Unmanned AerialSystems 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 defense industry ranks high above the rest. In partnership with the Michigan Defense Center, MEDC acts as a liaison between the state and defense interests in the federal government, defense agencies, the defense industry, academia and the defense community. The Michigan Defense Center develops and offers defense specific resources to assist Michigan companies in doing business in federal contracting and the supply chain.

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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, and is a craft beer destination. 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.

Michigan is an Industry Leader