Regional Industries

Advanced Manufacturing

Home to one of the nation's largest and most diverse manufacturing sectors

The Greater Grand Rapids region is home to one of the nation's largest and most diverse manufacturing sectors. We are national leaders in plastic, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, production technology, automotive, office furniture, aerospace and more.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, is "The most successful intensive manufacturing city in America" - The Economist

Industry Quick Facts:

  • More than 141,300 advanced manufacturing jobs in West Michigan
  • 2,535 advanced manufacturing establishments
  • A job growth rate of 29.1% from 2011-2020, significantly outpacing the national rate of 7.6%
  • 130+ international manufacturing companies


Manufacturing currently accounts for 19% of all jobs in the region and remains the heart of Greater Grand Rapids' economy. In a 2020 study of 'Cities with the Most Manufacturing Jobs,' the Grand Rapids-Kentwood MSA was found to have the most manufacturing jobs per capita of any large metropolitan area in the U.S. The city's concentration of manufacturing jobs amounts to twice that of the national average.

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Brent Case

Vice President, Business Attraction

Brent works to recruit new business investment and jobs to the region. He also assists West Michigan companies during the decision-making portion of the expansion process to outline the benefits of growing locally as opposed to out-of-state.

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Infographic: Advanced Manufacturing in West Michigan

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Notable West Michigan Manufacturers

Personalized consulting services for West Michigan Manufacturers

Since 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West)​ has acted as trusted advisors to small and medium-sized manufacturers as they develop stronger operations, drive innovation, promote excellence and achieve greater profitability.

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Upcoming Manufacturing Events

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The Talent Pathways Program Informational Webinar

The Talent Pathways Program Informational Webinar

Forge a path to success for your current and future employees.

February 2, 2022
8:00AM–9:00AMVirtual Event
Build for Now, Build for Future Webinar Series: The Workforce that is Coming

Build for Now, Build for Future Webinar Series: The Workforce that is Coming

In the first of three webinars from The Right Place, The Center-West and MiBiz, learn how manufacturers are engaging the workforce coming up.

February 23, 2022
11:00AM–12:00PMVirtual Event
Practical Pathways to Industry 4.0

Practical Pathways to Industry 4.0

Join the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West and FZ Industrial Tech for straight talk on modernizing your manufacturing business. In this half-day workshop, we’ll demystify “Industry 4.0” and give you a proven, practical approach to understanding the value and role of modern technologies in your operations.

April 12, 2022
7:30AM–1:00PMFeyen Zylstra Tech Center

Latest Manufacturing News

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$540,000 grant aims to help regional advanced manufacturing and technology companies attract & retain talent
Advanced Manufacturing Greater Grand Rapids

$540,000 grant aims to help regional advanced manufacturing and technology companies attract & retain talent

As many as 20 companies have until Feb. 16 to apply for up to $25,000 in funding to offset career training costs

Extruded Aluminum Corporation to add 38 jobs, invest $30.4 million in upcoming expansion
A photo showing the exterior of the Extruded Aluminum building

Extruded Aluminum Corporation to add 38 jobs, invest $30.4 million in upcoming expansion

Extruded Aluminum Corporation (EAC), will be expanding its current location at 7200 Industrial Drive in Belding. In addition to a capital investment of $30.4 million, the expansion will bring 38 new jobs to the community.

The Right Place assists L3Harris with Cascade Township expansion
L3Harris Technologies, Inc with The Right Place President/CEO Randy Thelen in front of new building for ribbon cutting ceremony

The Right Place assists L3Harris with Cascade Township expansion

Global aerospace and defense technology innovator, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., will expand its operations at 5353 52nd Street SE in Grand Rapids. In addition to a capital investment of $2.58 million, the expansion will bring up to 50 new jobs to the area, with a minimum of 34.

Join the Manufacturers Council

The Right Place, Inc. convened the Manufacturers Council in 1989 as a way to organize manufacturers’ individual interests into a common purpose of improving the local manufacturing economy. Members of the council work to promote, facilitate, enable and advocate for “best-in-class” manufacturing in the region.

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