Michigan a powerhouse for manufacturing

In July, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said that Michigan led the nation in manufacturing job growth, with 4,500 jobs added in May, according to Michigan Capitol Confidential. Additionally, from May 2012 to May 2014, Michigan gained a total of 25,000 jobs measured in gross numbers.

Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, in an interview with Michigan Capitol, part of the reason behind Michigan's manufacturing growth is the resurgence of automobile construction in the U.S.

Challenge Manufacturing opening two new facilities in Michigan
Supporting this claim is news that Challenge Manufacturing has chosen Michigan as a site for building its auto parts manufacturing facilities, according to Mlive. It plans to build a 430,000 square-foot facility in Lansing, Michigan, and an additional 450,000 square-foot factory in Oakland Country. One of the factories will be constructed on 33 acres of space at 6374 West Grand River Avenue in Watertown Township. The two factories together will create 800 new jobs for the state.

Those familiar with the matter expect the factory in Lansing will supply General Motors's two plants near that city.

"Any supplier that gets into this region comes in with the opportunity for one or both facilities," said Steven Willobee, director of business development for Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP).

GM's Cadillac ATS and CTS luxury cars are built in one Lansing factory. In the second factory, workers build the Chevrolet Traverse, GMCA Acadia and Buick Enclave.

Suniva building a manufacturing plant in Saginaw Township
Although the company is not an auto manufacturer, Suniva is also building a factory in Michigan, according to Area Development. The company constructs solar cells and modules. Its second U.S. factory will be in Saginaw. The company produces a line of high-powered monocrystalline modules called Optimus, with power ratings up to a 280 watt 60-cell format, as well as a 330 watt, 72-cell format. The company is currently one of the leading makers of solar cells.

The business will add 350 new jobs to Michigan's labor economy.

"The U.S. market has spoken and has clearly stated that it values a company that was born in the USA, is owned in the USA, and builds high-quality products here," said John Baumstark, chairman and CEO of Suniva. "We are honored by that validation, and pleased that our success is allowing us to give back by the creation of additional U.S. jobs."

The company plans to continue expanding in Saginaw, with what it calls "hundreds of new manufacturing jobs" expected in the future, according to Area Development.

Those seeking to expand their own manufacturing business should contact manufacturing recruits to get the job done right.

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