Top Twelve Reasons we’re thankful in 2012



12.   Manufacturing has received a lot of positive attention in the Media spotlight this year, just ask your politicians

11.    Bloomberg’s Michigan Manufacturing Group Index is up for the year.

10.   While the nation added 225,000 manufacturing jobs last year, one of every ten of them were in Michigan. In the most current data available, The US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 5.5% increase in Michigan Manufacturing jobs from Mar 2011 to Mar 2012.

9.      The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor is #2 on the US News Industrial / Manufacturing College Ranking list. Industrial / Manufacturing engineering involves improved productivity and efficiency. For more,

8.       A successful National Manufacturing Day on October 5th – kicking off the first of an annual event highlighting skilled jobs and innovation in today’s manufacturing facilities. For more information, see the website at and get ready now for Manufacturing Day 2013 on October 4th

7.       Overall, 15 of 22 industry groups contributed to the increase in real GDP. Durable goods manufacturing—reflecting strong growth in motor vehicle manufacturing, and professional, scientific and technical services were the leading contributors to growth. Durable–goods manufacturing contributed 1.17 percentage points to growth in Michigan. See the report here – released Nov 13, 2012.

6.        Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped for the 2nd straight month in data released by the Department of Technology, management and Budget on November 14th. The largest job advances were posted in professional and business services, and manufacturing, both up 15,000

5.        Detroit is one of the  10 metropolitan statistical areas where the most job growth from 2010 to 2012 -

4.        MMTC is part of the new Innovation Center focused on helping small and midsize manufacturers innovate quickly and spur growth and new product creation. Be watching for more information coming soon. Read the Crain’s article here -

3.        We’re Proud to Manufacture in Michigan and so are many of you. In the first 3 months of the program, 93 companies have elected to join the Proud to Manufacture in Michigan program and 15 companies have been featured as our Manufacturer of the Week. For more on the program, visit our website at

2.        Almost half of the Michigan 50 companies to watch are manufacturers.

1.       America’s Thanksgiving Parade, now in its 86th year, is a fantastic “Made in Detroit” tradition put together by the Parade Company out of Detroit. For more information on the Parade, check out the Guide in today’s CBS local news