Detroit is famous for what it used to be: A powerhouse of auto manufacturing, home to the Big Three auto companies that changed America. In recent decades, its decline is emblematic of the overall drop in American manufacturing.
However, Michigan is slowly reclaiming its crown. Grand Rapids has established itself as a haven for small manufacturing companies. Of the 2,500 manufacturing businesses in its metro area, some 80 percent have less than 250 employees. These bite-sized companies have still allowed the industry to increase. Grand Rapids has seen a 20.5 percent increase in industrial jobs since 2012.
Other parts of Michigan have also seen double-digit industrial jobs’ growth in the past several years. The broader Detroit area is seeing manufacturing job growth as well, in large part thanks to auto industry innovations and extensive efforts to revitalize the city. Hopefully, state leaders will work on business-friendly policies that continue to revive this once-thriving center of the American Dream.