Macomb County is home to an advanced manufacturing infrastructure that features a convergence of technology, skilled trades and manufacturing expertise which combine to make Macomb County a preferred place to do business. The integration of knowledge-based information technology with traditional manufacturing resources is helping Macomb County companies become leaders in advanced manufacturing.
More than 1,200 companies make up Macomb County's network of world-class innovators. Collectively, they employ almost 40,000 highly-skilled workers across fields of science, technology, engineering and math. These companies are utilizing sophisticated software systems. Companies continually integrate designing, prototyping, production and supply chain management, which lead to shorter product development cycles and increased manufacturing efficiencies.
Macomb County companies compete brain-to-brain with national powerhouses such as California’s Silicon Valley, Boston’s Route 128 and North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Macomb’s advanced manufacturing industries produce everything from chemicals and electronics to machine tools and plastic.
Macomb County's skilled and talented workforce has been a driving force in the prosperity of manufacturing within the county.
As employment trends have highlighted an aging workforce, Macomb County has developed a number of inventive and impactful workforce development initiatives which are helping to both inject new talent into the workforce and prepare them to compete in a globally-competitive marketplace.
There are also new programs available to assist companies in advancing the skill level of their current employees and keep them at the forefront of new manufacturing processes and procedures.
KUKA Systems North America, which makes robots for automotive and aerospace manufacturers, is adding 110 jobs in Clinton Township, doubling its total employment at this location. The company plans to invest $14.4 million and has received a $900,000 grant from the Michigan Business Development Program. The company also received a property tax abatement from the local community. KUKA employs more than 100 people in Clinton Township dedicated to the aerospace industry. The North American headquarters for the Augsburg, Germany-based company is in Sterling Heights, a nearby Macomb County community.
Paslin, a member of Wanfeng Technology Group, is a full-service process, design-and-build organization. The company has always been recognized as a leader in the construction and integration of manufacturing assembly and automation systems. Paslin’s tremendous growth over the past two years has provided over 325 jobs. Wanfeng’s support of Paslin’s continued growth locally brings the addition of over 150 jobs being created in the state of Michigan in 2016. The company constructed a new facility in Shelby Township and expanded its three current facilities in the city of Warren, investing more than $20.6 million and creating 224 new jobs. As a result, the company has been awarded a $1.7 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Alabama, Tennessee and Washington. The city of Warren and Shelby Township offered support to the project in the form of property tax abatements.
Headquartered in Shelby Township, Fori Automation designs and builds automation, assembly, testing and welding equipment for the automotive, defense and aerospace industries. Fori Automation’s global facilities include: Shelby Township, Michigan (global headquarters); Merzig, Germany; Beijing, China; Seoul, South Korea; Pune, India; Saltillo, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The project will generate a total capital investment of $9.9 million and create 52 jobs, resulting in a $250,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in several states and other countries. Shelby Township has offered support to the project in the form of a property tax abatement.
The business development team of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development is here to help. Our job is to be knowledgeable about and connected to a wide assortment of programs available to help businesses succeed.
Our services are free, confidential and easily accessed. Simply get in touch and we will arrange for your team to meet with our seasoned professionals. We will listen to your goals to grow your business, discuss current and anticipated barriers and discuss options for getting you on your way.