Food & Beverage MFG

Defense MFG

Custom Product MFG

Robotics

The Detroit Region leads the nation in manufacturing growth because companies can design, manufacture, test, validate, and deliver their products to consumers from a single location. Prominent defense, robotics, food, and beverage companies are taking advantage of Detroit’s automotive manufacturing know-how and applying automated technologies to advance their bottom line. The Detroit Region is at the forefront of smart manufacturing with more than 28,000 robots deployed in smart plants. The Detroit Region is well suited to help the world’s leading smart manufacturing companies position themselves for the future.

Businesses

[2x the U.S. average]

Workers

Median Wage

[20% lower than national median]

%

5-year Historic Growth

[2x the U.S. average]

%

5-year Forecasted Growth

Robots Deployed

[more than any other state]

Detroit’s smart manufacturing growth outpaced that of all peer regions and the U.S. growth rate 2013-2018

Employment growth in military vehicle components manufacturing has doubled

Michigan has 12% of the nation’s manufacturing robots, more than any other state

%

of job growth over the past five years experienced by the furniture industry

PRODUCTION WORKERS, THE FOURTH HIGHEST CONCENTRATION IN THE NATION, WITH A 6% GROWTH RATE 2013- 2018

%

JOB GROWTH IN THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY

2013-2018

SMART MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT SPOTLIGHT

SAPA Transmission

SAPA, a Spanish defense industry manufacturing company, announced plans to invest $40 million in Macomb County (Shelby Township) to build combat transmissions. The new 110,000 square foot facility will house 223 new engineering, manufacturing, and administrative jobs over the next five years. The facility will be SAPA’s first United States operation and will serve as its North America headquarters.

“SAPA chose Shelby Township to be close to its largest customers, including BAE Systems, General Dynamics Corp. and the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center. Other positives are the high-quality engineering workforce and the region’s flexible industrial capabilities. SAPA hopes to leverage local production facilities to help keep costs low.”

-Deniz Balta, Vice President, SAPA Transmission

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, C2ER, Detroit Regional Chamber and McKinsey