Three Reasons To Consider Michigan Post COVID-19

Three Reasons To Consider Michigan Post COVID-19


Are you considering mitigating supply chain risk by onshore or near-shoring solutions or moving production closer to your customer base?

Supply and Demand Chain Executiverecently shared three reasons summarized below why companies should consider Michigan as they re-evaluate their supply chains.

APICS Greater Detroit knows the power of the Michigan market and supports supply chain professionals with the information and education they need to remain competitive in today’s world.

Read more in our latest blog post below.

According to Supply and Demand Chain Executive, moving production is not an easy task, and manufacturers need to evaluate available workforce, location and transportation logistics. As countries around the world begin to look toward economic recovery, companies should consider Michigan’s strengths in these three areas.

1 – Workforce
One of Michigan’s greatest strengths has always been its workforce – with the nation’s highest concentration of engineers and ranking in the Top 10 for number of workers in the skilled trades.

In May, Governor Gretchen Whitmer created the Michigan Workforce Development Board, which is responsible for the continuous improvement of the workforce development system, to achieve her goal of helping 60% of Michigan’s workforce achieve a post-secondary degree or certification by 2030.

Additionally, the Jobs Ready Michigan program is helping businesses like Detroit Manufacturing Systems, LLC – a Tier 1 auto supplier – to grow by addressing the costs associated with recruiting and training individuals for occupations that are high-wage, high-skill or high demand. As a result, the company is able to prepare the next generation of skilled workers while remaining competitive in today’s economy.

2 – Location
Strategically, Michigan’s unique connection of transportation and distribution routes translates into a cost-effective supply chain for small to medium-size businesses, with proximity to OEMs in the automotive and medical device industries.

A quarter of the more than $700 billion in annual trade between the United States and Canada crosses the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, the most active border crossing in North America. The Detroit region also sits along the St. Lawrence Seaway as a major port providing central access to the Midwest and international borders. Along with 120,256 miles of paved roadway, 33 active deep water ports, 26 freight railroads with 3,600 miles of track across the state, 18 commercial airports, including one of the largest U.S. air hubs in North America and a leader in warehousing,

Michigan leads the Midwest and is ranked No. 4 for warehouse distribution, making the state an ideal location for companies of all sizes to conduct business.

3 – Rapid response
Following years of laying the groundwork to develop a wealth of supply chain assets and expertise, when the pandemic hit Michigan manufacturers like the ones listed below acted quickly to pivot their business models and assist industries most affected:

  • The Big 3 Automakers – General Motors, Ford Motor Co., and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – stepped up in a big way, retooling their manufacturing capabilities to produce millions of personal protection equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers and patients.
  • Commonwealth Sewing Co. and the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC) added medical gowns and surgical masks as permanent fixtures to their high-capacity garment manufacturing operations.
  • TentCraft had never manufactured health products, but pivoted operations to make PPE.

As a state that is within 500 miles of nearly half the U.S. and Canadian population and home to more than 1,400 foreign companies, Michigan is a place where businesses can thrive in a globally connected location and access the talent and supply chain needed to find success.

Looking for more information on the powerful supply chain community in Detroit? Join us tomorrow for our FREE Supply Chain Community Connect forum on October 20th! More info below.

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