Michigan Ranks #3 in Nation for Corporate Expansions

Cover of Site Selection Magazine Michigan was ranked # 3 in the Nation for Corporate Expansions.

Site Selection’s annual Governor’s Cup award recognizes the state with the most new or expanded private-sector capital projects as tracked by publisher Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant Database.

Ohio was named #1 and Texas #2

Major new corporate projects for Michigan in 2009 included:

  • Advanced energy storage and solar firms like Xtreme Power
  • Clairvoyant Energy on the site of the former Ford Wixom assembly plant
  • Advanced-battery development and manufacturing firms A123 Systems (Ann Arbor),
  • Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions (Holland)
  • Dow Kokam (Midland)
  • Major expansions by General Motors and Ford for electric and hybrid vehicle production here.

Site Selection also recognized Detroit-Warren-Livonia as the nation’s No. 4 metro area with a population of one million or more for new and expanded corporate facilities.  Among metro areas with a population of between 200,000 and one million, Grand Rapids-Wyoming tied for third; Holland-Grand Haven was fifth; and Ann Arbor and Lansing-East Lansing tied for sixth.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. president and CEO Greg Main said.  “These high rankings reinforce that Michigan is a top-tier location for growing companies because of our aggressive initiatives, strong business climate and hard-working and talented workforce.”

Read more here and here.

Well I am cheering and clapping for this good news for our state. Cheering

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