The Detroit Region is a premier advanced manufacturing hub

From additive manufacturing to defense to the food and beverage industry, the Detroit Region is leading the United States in manufacturing growth. More and more, prominent manufacturing companies are benefiting from Detroit’s automotive expertise and integrating automated technology into their own production process.

Around the globe, companies are deploying Industry 4.0 technologies into the traditional manufacturing landscape—and the Detroit Region is at the forefront. Compared to the U.S. average, the Detroit Region has twice as many smart manufacturing businesses and over 28,000 industrial robots deployed in smart plants across the state, accounting for more deployed robots than any other state in the U.S.

The Detroit Region is an especially ideal location for smart manufacturers because it provides access to advanced production capabilities, highly skilled talent, plentiful natural resources, and key business markets. Detroit is a leading advanced manufacturing sector, ranked the No. 1 metro in the industry for both talent concentration and affordability. And thanks to the region’s robust business ecosystem, companies can design, manufacture, test, and deliver their products all from one convenient location.

With the innovative talent and technologies to elevate your business, the Detroit Region is the smart choice for any successful manufacturer.

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The Detroit Region is a hub for smart manufacturing talent and technology, leading the United States in manufacturing growth. The region also has the largest concentration of production workers and the most affordable talent among peer regions. 

2019 Smart Manufacturing Facts


Largest Production Workforce


Defense-Related Workers


In Talent Affordability

Compared to Peer Locations


In Concentration of Production Workers

Among Regions with More Than 100,000 Workers


Annual Industry-Related Graduates

Within a 5-Hour Drive


Robots Deployed

More Than Any Other State

Resources and Data

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Key Companies


BAE Systems

Better Made


Chamberlain Marketing Group

Dearborn Brand

Detroit Denim


Faygo Beverages

General Dynamics Land Systems

I Am Detroit Clothing

Kawasaki Robotics

Koegel Meats

KUKA Robotics


The Lip Bar

McClure’s Pickles


Nachi Technology

National Food Group

Northrop Grumman


Pure Detroit

Raytheon Technologies

Shinola Detroit

Valentine Distilling Co.

Vlasic Pickles

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Alan Weber

Alan Weber

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