Regional Industries

Advanced Manufacturing

Home to one of the nation's largest and most diverse manufacturing sectors

The Greater Grand Rapids region is home to one of the nation's largest and most diverse manufacturing sectors. We are national leaders in plastic, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, production technology, automotive, office furniture, aerospace and more.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, is "The most successful intensive manufacturing city in America" - The Economist

Industry Quick Facts:

  • More than 133,000 advanced manufacturing jobs in West Michigan
  • 2,640 advanced manufacturing establishments
  • A job growth rate of 11% from 2013-2023, significantly outpacing the national rate of 5%
  • 150+ international manufacturing companies


Manufacturing currently accounts for 17% of all jobs in the region and remains the heart of Greater Grand Rapids' economy. In a 2020 study of 'Cities with the Most Manufacturing Jobs,' the Grand Rapids-Kentwood MSA was found to have the most manufacturing jobs per capita of any large metropolitan area in the U.S. The city's concentration of manufacturing jobs amounts to twice that of the national average.

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Brent Case

Vice President, Business Development

Brent works to recruit new business investment and jobs to the region. He also assists West Michigan companies during the decision-making portion of the expansion process to outline the benefits of growing locally as opposed to out-of-state.

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Infographic: Advanced Manufacturing in West Michigan

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Notable West Michigan Manufacturers

Personalized consulting services for West Michigan Manufacturers

Since 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West)​ has acted as trusted advisors to small and medium-sized manufacturers as they develop stronger operations, drive innovation, promote excellence and achieve greater profitability.

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The Right Place assists Celia Corporation with Sparta expansion

Adhesive vinyl film manufacturer to add 52 jobs, invest $6.9 million to expand location in Sparta

The Right Place assists Packaging Compliance Labs with Greater Grand Rapids expansion
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The Right Place assists Packaging Compliance Labs with Greater Grand Rapids expansion

Medical device manufacturing service provider to add 50 jobs, invest $4.5 million to expand locations in Cascade Charter Township and City of Kentwood

Join the Manufacturers Council

The Right Place, Inc. convened the Manufacturers Council in 1989 as a way to organize manufacturers’ individual interests into a common purpose of improving the local manufacturing economy. Members of the council work to promote, facilitate, enable and advocate for “best-in-class” manufacturing in the region.

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