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 22 of the world’s leading OEMs, over 800 smart manufacturing businesses, and 18 Fortune 1,000 firms—including 10 on the Fortune 500 list. The Detroit Region is also an epicenter of global industry with more than 1,300 foreign-owned businesses from nearly 40 different countries.

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 you move to the Detroit Region, you become part of a collaborative industry community unlike any other.

When international companies enter the North American market, many leading firms choose to expand into the Detroit Region. Over 1,300 foreign-owned businesses from 38 different countries currently operate in the region, making us a leading center for foreign direct investment. 

Detroit Region Major Employers

Ally Financial 

American Axle & Manufacturing 

Autoliv

BorgWarner

DTE Energy

Ford Motor Company

General Motors 

H.W. Kaufman Financial Group

Ilitch Holdings

Inteva Products

Lear Corporation

Masco Corporation

Moroun Family Holdings 

Penske Automotive Group

Penske Corporation

Piston Group

Plastipak Holdings Inc. 

Rock Ventures 

The Suburban Collection 

United Wholesale Mortgage

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.