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Automotive design and technology are constantly changing, but the world leader in automotive manufacturing remains the same. Michigan. Find out why.

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What makes Michigan a leader

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    Highest concentration of electrical & mechanical engineers
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    Employs more industrial designers than any other state
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    Epicenter for the future of transportation mobility
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    National leader in automotive R&D spending
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    Home to 81 global auto suppliers’ N.A. headquarters or tech centers
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    One out of five vehicles manufactured in Michigan
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    Home to two lightweight materials manufacturing U.S.A. institutes
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    Manufacturing-friendly tax laws and business climate

Advanced manufacturing success stories

Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company Rouge Complex, Michigan

Opened as the world’s largest integrated factory back in 1928, Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Complex continues to turn raw materials into running vehicles within a single facility. Today, the Rouge is using more than 500 robots to transform the F-150 pickup and its innovative aluminum body. Ford recently announced plans to invest $700 million to expand their Flat Rock Assembly Plant and create a Manufacturing Innovation Center, due for completion in 2020. “We are excited that Ford has chosen Michigan as its innovation home for their fully electric and autonomous hybrid vehicles,” said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

Terry J. Woychowski, American Axle & Manufacturing driveline and drivetrain component engineering, Detroit Michigan

Proudly headquartered in Detroit, American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) is a world leader in manufacturing, engineering, designing and validating of driveline and drivetrain components and systems. AAM’s technical center in Rochester Hills, Michigan, is at the center of the company’s growth and innovation and is home to AAM’s most advanced prototypes and technical engineers. In fact, AAM has invested more than $80 million in the state-of-the-art facility since it was founded in 1994. Globally, AAM has nearly 13,000 associates and serves more than 100 customers from more than 30 facilities in 13 countries. With an intense focus on engineering and manufacturing, AAM builds value for its customers through quality, technology leadership and operational excellence.

Brian Tinney, Eissmann Group high-end automotive interior component manufacturer, Port Huron Michigan

A leading German automotive manufacturer of high-end interior components, the Eissmann Group sought to expand by establishing a North American headquarters. After considering multiple states, the company chose Port Huron, MI, in part to an $850,000 Michigan Business Development Grant. That’s in addition to the $13.5 million the company plans to invest, which will create over 200 new jobs. “Ultimately, Michigan’s location and availability of workforce drove the site decision,” said Brian Tinney, President of Eissmann Automotive North America, Inc. Proof yet again that nothing drives business like Pure Michigan.

Why Michigan for advanced manufacturing

Michigan is number one in automotive-related jobs and businesses and a leader in the global mobility community. Our assembly plants manufacture 28 different cars and trucks. Since 2010, more than $23 billion in new automotive investments have taken place in Michigan, which is more than any other state in the country.

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.

Live, work, play in Michigan

 Picture of Otter Creek during Sunset at Esch Rd, Sleeping Bear Dunes, 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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