Core Industries

Businesses are coming to Michigan, and businesses are expanding their operations here because of a business-friendly environment that ranks among the best in the nation. Explore industries in Michigan and find out how you can be a part of the next Michigan success story.

Medical Devices

Michigan’s manufacturing prowess and reputation as the core of world-class medical device companies, makes the state a top-tier location for medical device development and manufacturing. Today, Michigan is home to more 500 medical device manufacturers, which are supported by a robust manufacturing supply chain of more than 14,000 facilities across the state.

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Health care

According to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Michigan’s health care industry has a total economic impact of $65 billion per year—greater than any other industry in the state. In total, approximately 929,400 jobs, or 17% of all Michigan workers, are directly or indirectly related to or induced by the health care industry. 

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Carbon Fiber/Composite Materials

Michigan is leading carbon fiber and lightweight composite materials manufacturing through research facilities such as the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.

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Life Sciences

The life science industry is an important part of the Michigan economy. Even during the latest economic downturn, the industry increased employment by 10.7%. As of 2017, the state’s life science industry employed more than 90,000 people at nearly 2,500 establishments.

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Information Technology

Since 2009, information technology job growth in Michigan has outpaced the nation and today the state is still poised to continue that pace well into the future. Leading this trend are Michigan’s technology clusters — SmartZones — that synergize the assets of technology-based firms, entrepreneurs and researchers to help commercialize emerging IT technologies.

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Michigan’s Cyber Initiative, the world’s first comprehensive state-level approach to cyber, is improving the state’s defenses while fostering rapidly growing cyber talent and business environments. Michigan’s Cyber Range offers a secure, unclassified environment to conduct ethical hacking and penetration testing.

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The Michigan Defense Center is leading the state’s Protect and Grow Initiative, a comprehensive statewide effort to protect Michigan’s federal and state military facilities and missions while growing assets, missions and federal contract opportunities.

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More than 600 aerospace-related companies call Michigan home thanks to materials research facilities, major tooling companies and nationally ranked engineering universities. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed as PricewaterhouseCoopers recognized Michigan as a top state for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness.

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Michigan is the epicenter of the global automotive industry. And we are revolutionizing the way the world moves again — transforming global mobility — by leading connected autonomous vehicle development with Mcity, the American Center for Mobility and Planet M.

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Agribusiness is Michigan’s second largest industry, and second in diversity only to California. From ranking first in milk production to becoming the home of Grey Poupon mustard, Michigan offers innovative manufacturing capabilities and top agribusiness research and university programs, including the nation’s first land-grant university Michigan State University.

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