Our local industries
West Michigan serves as a collaborative manufacturing hub for businesses in the automotive, office furniture, aerospace, and food processing industries.
Our strong network of business organizations encourage collaboration between the private and public sectors and our workforce.
There are more than 200 food processing establishments in West Michigan, many supplied by our region’s thriving agribusiness industries. West Michigan is home to over 17,000 jobs at companies like Roskam Baking, Nestle Gerber, Hearthside Food Solutions and Request Foods.
West Michigan is home to the world’s leading office furniture manufacturing and design companies including Haworth, Herman Miller, and Steelcase. Our region also offers a workforce stocked with qualified talent from local colleges and universities and raw materials to support this industry.
Companies in the automotive industry have invested $10.6 billion in Michigan since 2010. West Michigan’s automotive industry provides nearly 40,000 jobs at local companies like Gentex, Shape Corp., Royal Technologies and Ventra.
West Michigan has an aerospace industry 10,000 people strong. Local companies partner with community colleges and universities specializing in aerospace engineering, technology and research.
More than meets the eye
With an expansive network of business support organizations and specialized workforce educational programs, West Michigan offers the environment needed for business success, and we have the numbers to back it up.