Michigan Leads Nation in Manufacturing Job Growth

By Reinvention Blog | July 08, 2014

Want to see another sign of Michigan’s economic comeback? In May, Michigan led the nation in manufacturing job growth with 4,500 net additional workers, according to a U.S. government report.

Last month, Governor Rick Snyder saw signs of that growth firsthand at Autocam Corp., in Marshall, which is creating jobs right here in Michigan.

Gov. Snyder attended the grand opening of the company’s expanded production facility. Autocam, in partnership with Denso, is investing $10 million and creating 85 new jobs at that location. During remarks at the ceremony, Governor Snyder spoke about how government’s role is to help create the environment for entrepreneurs and job creators to succeed.

“The job creators are the companies that are doing this outstanding facility – Autocam, supported by Denso,” he said. “It’s really about creating that partnership for success. And the best part is that by being here today, we’re making a statement that we’re not done, that we’re going to continue on this path of success.”

Autocam, which is headquartered in Kentwood, Mich., manufactures automotive products that reduce fuel emissions and make vehicles more efficient. The company’s president and CEO, John Kennedy, says Autocam is proud to be making those products in Michigan.

“Our success is clearly driven and led by these great people we have found here in Michigan,” he said.

Manufacturing job growth is just one part of Michigan’s economic comeback. Overall, the state’s businesses have created more than a quarter million new private sector jobs since December 2010.