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West Michigan Manufacturing: Where Product Ideas Come To Life

One of the nation’s largest and most extensive manufacturing sectors, West Michigan is home to industry leaders in applied technology, sustainable practices and industrial design. The region has some of the nation’s largest industry concentrations in metals, plastics, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, production technology, automotive, office furniture and food processing.

Comprising 15 percent of all jobs in the region, manufacturing remains at the heart of West Michigan’s economy. When compared to other regions across the U.S., our manufacturing clusters are ranked:
  • 6th largest in automotive
  • 8th largest in biopharmaceuticals
  • 9th largest in metal manufacturing
  • 12th largest in plastics

West Michigan’s manufacturers are also supported by commercialization partners including the Van Andel Institute, the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC), the University Research Corridor and MSU Business Connect.

Over 100 Years of Manufacturing Excellence
West Michigan hosts the highest concentration of medical device manufacturers in the state. As one of the fastest growing medical clusters in the Midwest, the region now employs over 40% of Michigan's medical device professionals.  Together we are shaping the future of life sciences in Michigan. West Michigan offers:
  • Over $1 billion in medical investments and expansions
  • Over $2 billion invested in life-science R&D each year
  • The 4th largest cluster of medical device suppliers in the Midwest
  • The 4th largest high-tech workforce in the nation
  • A growing, life-sciences industry cluster that has exceeded growth of the U.S average with a 27% increase in employment, 32% in the number of companies and 165% in sales.
More information on medical device manufacturing...

The region also has significant expertise, investment and assets in:
To learn more about our location advantages, contact us.

Top Smart Manufacturing Employers in West Michigan 

 Company Regional Employees Description
ADAC Automotive 1,200 Full service automotive plastics supplier for worldwide automakers 
 Alcoa Howemt 2,150 Producer of cast components for commericial passenger jet engines
 Amway Corporation 4,000 Health, beauty, and home product manufacturing
Autocam Corp 720 Precision auot component manufacturing
Flex-N-Gate 1,350 Motor vehicle metal stamping
Herman Miller 3,300 Office furniture design and manufacturing
Gentex 4,300 Electro-optical technology manufacturing for auotmotive and aerospace industries
Gill Industries 1,150 Precision-engineered assemblies and modules for the automotive, multi-use vehicle and furniture industries
 Johnson Controls 1,950 Manufacturing and validation of interior systems and components for the automotive industry
Lacks Industries 2,100 Manufacturer of decorative plastics to the automotive, telecommunications, and consumer electronics markets
Plasan Carbon Composites 620 Carbon Fiber manufacturer for the automotive industry
Steelcase Inc 3,200 Designer and manufacturer of high performance work environments for office furniture industry