The Detroit Region supports an innovative industry community

From global manufacturing giants to startup tech firms, the Detroit Region is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies. Our prominent employers include 26 of the world’s leading OEMs, over 800 smart manufacturing businesses, and 20 Fortune 1,000 firms–including 10 on the Fortune 500 list. The Detroit Region is also an epicenter of global industry with businesses from more than 38 countries operating in the region.

These leading companies all come to the Detroit Region because our prime location and business ecosystem offer a distinct strategic advantage. Here, our employers benefit from a skilled and diverse workforce, unparalleled access to the U.S. and Canadian markets, and a rapidly growing research hub. So, when companies move to the Detroit Region, they become part of a collaborative and inclusive industry community unlike any other.

When international companies enter the North American market, many leading firms choose to expand into the Detroit Region. Our Top 20 countries alone account for more than 1,300 foreign-owned business facilities, making us a leading center for foreign direct investment. 

Ambassador Spotlight

Hear from business leaders on why they chose the Detroit Region

Every business has a story. Whether they started here in Detroit or relocated to the region, our ambassadors once faced a similar decision on where to build their business. These ambassadors are CEOs, executives, managers, and leaders who are all glad to share their stories and explain why they chose the Detroit Region–and you should, too.

AKASOL – Roy Schulde

AKASOL is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance batteries, which are vital to next-gen mobility technology. When they decided to build their first manufacturing facility in the United States, AKASOL came to the Detroit Regional Partnership for assistance. President Roy Schulde explains their decision and how the Detroit Region has positioned them for success.