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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.

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What makes Michigan a leader

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    Top 10 state in Aerospace
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    Home to more than 600
    aerospace-related companies
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    Comprehensive aerospace ecosystem
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    Employs more industrial designers than any other state
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    Highest concentration of electrical and mechanical engineers
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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

Aerospace success stories

Connie Kalitta, Kalitta Air transport aviation company, Michigan

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 MEDC President and CEO Steve Arwood. Perfect for companies that have a need for speed in Pure Michigan.

Danny Ellis and team, SkySpecs Inc. autonomous drone company, Ann Arbor Michigan

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.

David Joyce, GE Aviation aircraft engine supplier, Muskegon Michigan

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.

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’ve got the largest concentration of electrical, mechanical and industrial engineers in the nation.

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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