Lt. Gov. Brian Calley wraps up trade mission sharing Michigan's story in Mexico
Feb. 22, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has wrapped up his trade mission to Mexico, where he made the case for investment opportunities in Michigan while helping Michigan companies make sales connections with Mexican companies.
“Michigan companies have the most competitive products and services you’ll find anywhere in the world,” Calley said. “Helping companies connect with new customers will result in more jobs for Michiganders. Last year, Michigan companies exported more than $12 billion in goods and services to Mexico, and there is opportunity for even more investment, creating more jobs in Michigan.”
The majority of Calley’s trip surrounded the Automotive Meetings in Queretaro, a supply chain-oriented business forum that brought together prospective automotive suppliers with major Mexican OEMS and Tier 1 suppliers. During the forum, Calley spoke to attendees about Michigan’s leadership in the mobility industry and the opportunities for doing business in our state. Twenty-one Michigan companies accompanied Calley to the forum, where each company had a presence at the Michigan booth.
During the trip, Calley met with two Mexican companies that have established operations in Michigan. TREMEC Transmission, a subsidiary of Mexico City-based KUO Group is establishing operations in Wixom, investing $54 million and creating 133 jobs. Rassini Brakes, LLC has opened a facility in Mt. Morris Township, where they invested $17.3 million and created nearly 80 jobs.
“The investments by these two companies mean excellent, well-paying jobs for Michigan residents and underscore the strength of our talent in the automotive sector,” Calley said. “This demonstrate Michigan’s leadership in auto manufacturing jobs growth, and we’re pleased TREMEC and Rassini chose Michigan as the home for their first major U.S. manufacturing facilities.”
Lt. Gov. Calley met with Queretaro Governor Francisco Domínguez Servién, discussing the strong economic similarities between Michigan and Queretaro. He also discussed opportunities for collaboration with leaders from the Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industries and officials from the Mexico Ministry of Economy. He also visited National Aeronautics University and toured AgroPark, an integrated greenhouse center seeking to compete in the export market.