May 6, 2013
The Great Lakes region is the nation’s industrial powerhouse. The automotive industry demands leading edge research, development, and innovation; high-quality labor within a reasonable distance; educational infrastructure capable of producing future skilled workers; comprehensive transportation networks; and ready and reliable access to its supply base and customers. The region leads in all of these factors and with these tools, the Great Lakes region will continue to be the leader in the automotive sector for the foreseeable future.
Many automotive companies have located in the region due to the agglomeration of support companies such as shipping and logistics, business support services, consulting, etc. A substantial percentage of North American motor vehicle (60 percent), transmission (72 percent), and engine (52 percent) production occurs within this region. In addition, a large proportion of the suppliers to the North American automotive market have their regional or world headquarters in the Great Lakes region. Just as the most successful companies in the automotive industry have continued to grow and evolve, so too has the Great Lakes region. The basic ingredients of world-class manufacturing are located in the region and are growing, adapting, and improving at rates equal to, or exceeding, the challenges of competing worldwide. The Automotive Corridor report examines the manufacturing and industry support attributes of the Great Lakes region in depth.
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