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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Industry 4.0 Workshop

Industry 4.0 Workshop

Industry 4.0 buzz words have been flying around for a few years now, but it seems the mystery remains. What does all of it mean for small and midsized manufacturers? We’re here to break down the jargon and make the complex simple, separating reality from the hype.

November 4, 2021
8:30AM–4:30PMFeyen Zylstra Industrial Tech Center
3P Webinar Series: Product

3P Webinar Series: Product

Product quality is a given in any manufacturing environment, which is why companies need a robust approach that meets its customers’ requirements as well as international quality standards.

November 9, 2021
11:00AM–12:00PMVirtual

Latest Manufacturing News

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5 Reasons to attend the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Summit
5 reasons to attend the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Summit

5 Reasons to attend the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Summit

The Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2021 will take place Thursday, September 23 in Grand Rapids. Presented by The Right Place, Inc. and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West), the Summit will deliver attendees a line-up of industry experts who will touch on a wide-array of topics surrounding technology, talent and innovation.

The Right Place assists two companies with local expansions, driving creation of 319 jobs and over $15.5 million investment
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The Right Place assists two companies with local expansions, driving creation of 319 jobs and over $15.5 million investment

Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced that electronic and autonomous vehicle solution provider, Gen3 Defense & Aerospace, and Blackmer®, part of PSG®, a Dover company, will be expanding their operations in the Greater Grand Rapids region.

Grand Rapids regional business leaders report strong confidence in local economy; plans for expansions
The Right Place Business Development June Data

Grand Rapids regional business leaders report strong confidence in local economy; plans for expansions

As pandemic restrictions ease and businesses begin the transition to a post-pandemic mode of operation, The Right Place team met with leaders from 118 area companies in the month of June. These meetings were designed to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing our regional companies, while offering insight into the region’s overall economic health.

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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