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

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

In the last of three webinars from The Right Place, The Center-West and MiBiz, learn how manufacturers are building skills for the future factory.

June 8, 2022
11:00AM–12:00PMVirtual Event

Latest Manufacturing News

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The Right Place, Inc. receives $588,000 grant to assist area companies with Industry 4.0 implementation

The Right Place, Inc. receives $588,000 grant to assist area companies with Industry 4.0 implementation

6 organizations across state awarded total of $3m to support awareness and preparedness

Joining the Supply Chain Management Council
Food processing production floor

Joining the Supply Chain Management Council

A Q&A with Eula Gaddis, Director of Quality – Jireh Metal

$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

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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