The Detroit region is the epicenter of the global automotive industry and home to other high-tech industries, including defense, logistics, health care, and information technology. With a highly skilled workforce, cutting-edge research and development facilities, and top-notch institutions of higher education, the region provides opportunities for businesses in many sectors to succeed, making metro Detroit one of the top places to locate and invest.
Learn more about the Detroit region’s top industries below:
Automotive and Mobility
Detroit is home to the densest automotive and mobility supply chain in the world. Leaders in the global automobile industry, including automakers like General Motors (GM), Ford Motor Company, and Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), position the Detroit region and Michigan as the global automotive headquarters. Michigan is also home to a world-class network of suppliers with 96 out of 100 top suppliers having a presence or headquarters in the state.
Dating back to the Arsenal of Democracy in World War II, the automotive industry continues to drive innovation that translate to the aerospace and defense industries. Defense jobs and state-of-the-art facilities have contributed to economic growth and solidifies the region as one of the nation’s leaders in defense and homeland security. The Defense Corridor in Macomb County is home to premier R & D labs and testing facilities and hundreds of defense-contracting businesses and the Detroit Arsenal.
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
The Detroit/Toledo/Windsor region is crucial for moving goods throughout the Midwest and North America and is home to one of the most sophisticated supply chains in the world. Combined, the region has the capacity, skills, and world-class infrastructure to move products both efficiently and effectively and specializes in just-in-time delivery. With major airports, four railroads, and some of the busiest border crossings connecting the U.S. and Canada, the Detroit region serves as one of the premier logistics hubs in North America.
Health care is one of the Detroit region’s largest industries and serves as a one-stop-shop for innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs who want to lead the industry. With cutting-edge research universities and development facilities, state-of-the-art hospitals and technology, and unparalleled talent, the region positions companies to develop new products and solutions to meet medical challenges around the world.
Metro Detroit’s abundant workforce serves a number of high-tech industries including the Information Technology (IT) sector. With highly recruited, educated, and skilled workers and a talent pipeline supported by top-notch universities, the region offers an innovative ecosystem where tech businesses of all sizes and entrepreneurs can thrive and provide the digital tech solutions of tomorrow.
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