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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley touts Michigan business opportunities to Indian companies, tours GM Indian operations

Efforts aimed at creating more and better jobs in Michigan

Friday, October 9, 2015

LANSING, Mich – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is highlighting the strong opportunities available for Indian companies to invest and partner in our state during his week-long trade mission to India, emphasizing Michigan’s role as the automotive manufacturing and technology capital of the world.

“We are meeting with dozens of large and medium sized companies that are considering establishing a presence in North America and presenting the merits doing so in Michigan,” Calley said. “With all the reforms made over the last four years, we have a competitive operating environment in addition to the most talented and extensive manufacturing, R&D and design workforce in the world.”

Calley on Wednesday toured the General Motors plant in the historic city of Talegaon Dabhade and meeting with GM India suppliers to present Michigan as a location for North American operations. While there, he participated in an automotive supplier roundtable discussion and introduced Michigan trade mission participants to GM’s procurement team.

While in Mumbai, Calley opened the Michigan-Maharashtra Global Business Summit, the inaugural event of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s recently launched Global Business Summit initiative. The program will foster two-way trade and investment with strategic geographic markets around the world.

The summit was co-hosted by Mahindra & Mahindra – a global leader in automotive and farm equipment manufacturing – as well as the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and the Indian Confederation of Indian Industries. To better understand the market opportunities, Calley invited Mahindra & Mahindra to bring a delegation of the company’s top suppliers to Michigan in 2016. 

Calley also is conducting a series of one-on-one meetings with senior executives of Indian manufacturing, engineering, and technology firms throughout the trip. Meetings have included discussions with executives of more than 20 Indian firms with collective annual revenue exceeding $200 billion. 

During these meetings, Calley is presenting opportunities for firms to achieve additional global growth by investing in research and development and manufacturing jobs in Michigan. He is also working to open channels for small and medium-sized Michigan technology companies to sell into these major Indian operations.  These new channels will be further developed by MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program.

Calley also visited the SP Jain Institute for Management and Research to discuss ways to expand its relationship with Michigan State University. Students from the institute can participate in MSU immersion programs. He also met with executives from one of India’s largest global conglomerates.

The trip will close on Friday after Calley meets with leaders from Indian automotive and agribusiness sectors as well as a visit to the Government of India’s Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi to discuss furthering Michigan’s trade and investment relationship with India.

Five Michigan companies have accompanied Calley on the trip to promote their products and services in the Indian market. The companies are participating in meetings with prospective customers, distributors and strategic partners. For more information visit here:,4668,7-277-57577_57657-366257--,00.html.

The India mission is Calley’s fifth since taking office in 2011. He previously led missions to Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands.

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