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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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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Build for Now, Build for Future: What Are the Critical Mechanics of Success?

Build for Now, Build for Future: What Are the Critical Mechanics of Success?

Join us for our final webinar of the year, the one that ties everything together.

August 31, 2022
11:00AM–12:00PMVirtual Event

Latest Manufacturing News

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King Milling Co. Announces $42 Million Expansion, New Jobs
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King Milling Co. Announces $42 Million Expansion, New Jobs

King Milling Co., the oldest continually operating business in Kent County, today announced a $42 million expansion that will build a new flour mill in Lowell and create new jobs.

The Right Place assists HOLO Footwear to locate headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids
HOLO Footwear

The Right Place assists HOLO Footwear to locate headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids

Sustainable outdoor footwear company to add 61 jobs, invest $1.6 million to open location in the region

West Michigan’s tech ecosystem is growing through co-opetition
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West Michigan’s tech ecosystem is growing through co-opetition

“Co-opetition” — cooperating with a competitor to achieve a common goal or get ahead — has been gaining traction for the last three decades.

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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