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Innovation, Economic Impact of Michigan’s Defense Industry on Display at NAIAS

As part of its ongoing effort to promote the economic impact of Southeast Michigan’s defense assets and highlight the alignment of the automotive industry and the military, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted senior members of the U.S. Army for a private tour of the North American International Auto Show last week.

Participating in the tour were Lisha Adams, executive deputy to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham, commanding general of TACOM; Chamber Chief Operating Officer and TACOM Advisory Council member Tammy Carnrike; and Chamber Board member and TACOM Advisory Council member Charles “Chip” McClure, managing partner of Michigan Capital Partners. The tour provided representatives from FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors an opportunity to meet and discuss innovative technology and new products with U.S. Army executives. In addition, MICHauto’s Glenn Stevens hosted executive and senior leaders of TACOM and TARDEC for a private tour of the NAIAS showroom floor, highlighting the newest vehicles from Michigan OEMs.

Representatives from Macomb County’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and TACOM Life Cycle Management Command were on hand throughout the week to showcase their assets through a new NAIAS display and promote the “1,000 Interns” initiative, which aims to provide current high school and college students, along with recent college graduates, with paid job opportunities.

While at the show, Bingham provided Gov. Snyder and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel a tour of the exhibit, offering an up-close look at the Army’s latest innovations such as driverless vehicles and Stryker fleet. The tour also highlighted TACOM’s financial investment and job creation impact in Southeast Michigan.