Mechanical hand robot working with CNC lathe machine


In a state built upon manufacturing for more than a century, the Detroit Region Aerotropolis is an ideal location for manufacturing firms of any size. Detroit and Michigan may be the leader in automotive manufacturing, but many industries have found success here because of our talented workforce, low cost of living, and affordable property.

Description 2016 Location Quotient
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 26.11
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 11.19
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7.98
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 6.22
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 5.5
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing 5.26

Top Manufacturing Employers

watson engineering

Watson Engineering | 250 Employees (400+ nationwide)

Utilizing the region’s premier engineering talent base, Watson thrives as a full-service metal component manufacturer and serves more than a dozen industries including agriculture, automotive, defense and military, electrical panels, and mass transit.


The Oakwood Group | 200+ employees

Primarily producing parts as both a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier, the Oakwood Group serves as a testament to the continued strength of the auto industry in the region. In September 2016, The Oakwood Group announced a nearly 100,000 square foot expansion in its Taylor facility, investing $5.2 million dollars and creating 53 new jobs.

Additional Notable Firms

GM Powertrain
Huron Valley Steel Corp