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MICHauto Brings Auto Suppliers, Lawmakers Together in Largest-Attended Reception to Raise Awareness of Industry’s Economic Impact

Building on its mission to promote, grow and retain the automotive and next-generation mobility industries in Michigan, MICHauto’s third annual Supplier Fair and Legislative Reception connected a dozen suppliers with lawmakers to discuss key issues and raise awareness about the industry’s economic impact across the state. The reception, held May 3 at Troppo in Lansing, featured over 100 attendees, including 42 legislators and 19 legislative staff members—the largest attendance for the event to date.

Suppliers at the event included American Axle & Manufacturing, AMI Manchester LLC, Axis Systems, BorgWarner Inc., DENSO International America Inc., Hella, IAV Automotive Engineering, Lacks Enterprises Inc., Magna International Inc., Nexteer Automotive, and Shiloh Industries Inc. Combined, these companies operate 94 facilities in 38 communities, contributing to over 28,500 jobs.

“It is important for everyone in Michigan, from lawmakers to businesspeople to citizens, to make sure we don’t take the auto industry for granted in a fast-changing and increasingly competitive environment,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto and strategic development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “This event is an important reminder that Michigan is and must remain a global center of automotive supply and policies that are crucial to the future of the state’s economy.”

Stevens said the event’s attendance proves that MICHauto and its investor companies are helping move the needle in terms of awareness about the automotive and mobility industry’s impact in Michigan.

Throughout the evening, Stevens said lawmakers and suppliers engaged in critical conversations about the state’s business climate and incentive structures for new investment, and the need to create and support worker training and development programs to prepare the next-generation workforce for careers in automotive, connected vehicle technology and mobility. Stevens said discussions also centered on concerns about OEMs shifting production to other parts of the country, as well as to Mexico and overseas countries.

The event garnered media coverage from Michigan Business Network, WILS 1320, and WWJ Newsradio AM 950.

Stevens said MICHauto will spend an entire day with legislators at the end of the month to further address issues raised at the reception and continue discussions on key topics important to the auto industry. View additional photos from the event.