#27  Michigan

6.00 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

5.10 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

6.00 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?

Diversifying Manufacturing

Michigan is leveraging its automotive history to grow as a global manufacturing powerhouse. Already home to 75% of all R&D in the automotive industry, the state’s talent and infrastructure strengths are fueling innovation in other sectors. Defense contractor Williams International is expected to invest up to $300 million in new facilities in Pontiac over the next five years. LG Electronics announced a 250,000-square-foot plant in Hazel Park, and Switch recently opened a large advanced data center campus in Grand Rapids.

From the Governor

“The commitment by global companies to grow and create jobs in Michigan will strengthen our communities by providing more and better jobs….Professional trades and high-skilled jobs keep growing here, which is why we need to remain committed to career development.” —Gov. Rick Snyder

Key Industries

Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, Defense, Food Processing, I.T., Logistics, Medical Devices

Key Companies

Domino’s Pizza Inc.
Kelly Services
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Fuyao Automotive North America

Key Contacts

Economic Development Corporation
Jeff Mason, CEO
(517) 241-1400
300 N. Washington Sq.,
Lansing, MI 48913

Key Incentives

Michigan Community Revitalization Program: Offers grants, loans and other economic assistance to accelerate private investment in declining areas.

Brownfield Program: Offers tax increment financing to reimburse for costs related to redeveloping contaminated, functionally obsolete, blighted or historic properties.

Good Jobs for Michigan: Allows for the capture of Michigan income taxes withheld from new jobs created as a result of a business expansion or new location project.

Michigan Business Development Program: Offers flexible grants, loans or other assistance to businesses for highly-competitive projects in the state that create jobs or provide investment.


Michigan Economic Development Corp.:michiganbusiness.org

Michigan Economic Developers Association:medaweb.org

Detroit Economic Growth Corp.:degc.org

Lansing Economic Area Partnership: purelansing.com

Highlighted Program or Initiative

Michigan SmartZone Network connects universities, research organizations and tech businesses to assist in endeavors and promote public-private collaboration.

Big Deals

  • Kalamazoo-headquartered Stryker Corp. announced plans in December 2016 to add 105 new jobs at a $130 million facility in Portage.
  • General Motors and Honda announced in January 2017 a joint venture manufacturing facility in Brownstown that will create nearly 100 jobs.
  • Penske Logistics announced in August 2017 more than 400 new jobs and the construction of a $98 million distribution center in Romulus.
  • LG Electronics announced in August 2017 the creation of nearly 300 jobs and plans to establish a $25 million, 250,000-square-foot assembly facility in Hazel Park.

Big Companies

17 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in state, including:
General Motors
Ford Motor
Dow Chemical

C-Suite Testimonials

“Our leaders in Michigan have continued to shape the right conditions for investment and job creation, and we greatly appreciate their support of our continued growth in the state.” —Joe Hinrichs President of the Americas, Ford Motor

“We are proud to be growing in our home state and keeping manufacturing jobs in America. This expansion of capacity reflects the positive outlook we have for our business and will contribute to the revitalization of Flint.” —Ray Scott, Executive Vice President and President, Seating Operations, Lear

“We are excited to bring additional engineering and skilled trades jobs to our area. Michigan is a great state for companies like Dart because we can attract and retain employees with diverse skills.” —Jim Lammers, President, Dart Container

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