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West Michigan is home to one of the nation’s largest and most extensive manufacturing sectors. If you can dream it, we can make it. Download the Industry Report to learn more.

Top Industry Sectors - Grand Rapids Region

Grow, Innovate, and Succeed in West Michigan

Since its introduction as the Furniture City in 1876, West Michigan has been a leading center for quality, technical expertise, and innovation. The economy has since divisified beyond its furniture beginnings, and is now a center for manufacturing excellence, life science discovery, and technological innovation.

The following industries are driving the growth of the Grand Rapids region. For an overview and anaylsis of each industry sector, click below to learn more. 

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Grow, Innovate, and Succeed in West Michigan

Since its introduction as the Furniture City in 1876, West Michigan has been a leading center for quality, technical expertise, and innovation. Here you will find:

  • Fortune 100 Companies and Forbes Largest Private Companies
  • The world headquarters for such companies as Amway, BISSELL Homecare, Inc., Steelcase, Inc., Herman Miller Inc., and Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. (makers of Hush Puppies and Merrell footwear)
  • More than 130 international companies
  • The country’s 8th largest cluster of biopharmaceutical suppliers
  • Rail, deepwater ports, the state’s second-largest airport, and a transportation infrastructure that offers same-day delivery to Minneapolis, Toronto, Memphis, and other major hubs

Conveniently located between Detroit and Chicago on Michigan’s western shoreline, West Michigan is a center for manufacturing excellence, life science discovery, and technological innovation. Long the home of such office furniture giants as Steelcase, Haworth, and Herman Miller, the region is witnessing unprecedented growth in life sciences with more than $1 billion in current projects.

West Michigan is also a leading center for sustainability and renewable energy, as well as a region that excels in commercializing a wealth of new discoveries: everything from pharmaceuticals to iPhone applications.

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