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West Michigan Manufacturing

The Grand Rapids region is home to industry leaders in applied technology, sustainable practices, and industrial design. The region has some of the nation’s largest industry concentrations in metals, plastics, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, production technology, automotive, office furniture, and food processing. With approximately four out of five manufacturers having less than 250 employees, West Michigan manufacturers are lean, innovative, and offer a wide variety of capabilities. Manufacturing currently accounts for 15 percent of all jobs in the region and remains the heart of West Michigan’s economy. In 2009, manufacturing in West Michigan began an era of unprecedented job creation and investment, surpassing both state and national average year after year. This trend continues today with more than 2,500 manufacturing companies growing in the region. RECENT MANUFACTURING PROJECTS Siliconature - 26 new jobs, $20M capital investment California Closets - 61 new jobs, $5.7M capital investment Stikwood - 73 new jobs, $4.2M capital investment Swoboda, Inc. - 37 new jobs, $15.1 capital investment Plasan North America - 120 new jobs, $12.3M capital investment Dicastal North America - 300 new jobs, $140M capital investment Plasan Carbon Composites - 620 new jobs, $29M capital investment US CLUSTER RANKINGS FOR GRAND RAPIDS 6th largest in automotive 8th largest in biopharmaceuticals 9th largest in metal manufacturing 12th largest in plastics West Michigan’s manufacturers are also supported by commercialization partners including the Van Andel Institute, the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC), the University Research Corridor, and MSU Business Connect.

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