Michigan Grabs Number 2 National Ranking in Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Michigan Grabs Number 2 National Ranking in Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness

In a report just issued, global consultants PwC ranked Michigan second among all 50 states as a place to invest and manufacture in the aerospace industry. Michigan improved on its 2016 ranking of eighth by leveraging strong performance on cost, both in terms of low material costs and high labor productivity, and on the size and diversity of its manufacturing base. Michigan ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in the vitally important categories of exports and manufacturing output.

The PwC study examined all US states and based its rankings on weighted scores in six categories, including Labor, Infrastructure, Industry, Economy, Cost, and Tax Policy, and 34 unique measures obtained from ten different data sources. A related PwC study ranked the US the most attractive country for aerospace manufacturing.

Other areas where Michigan excelled included the high quality of its railroad and electricity supply infrastructure, its large number of aerospace suppliers, and the state government’s switch to a simpler corporate income tax that reduces the cost and complexity of meeting state tax obligations.

PwC also noted that Michigan benefits from the research and development work of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association (MAMA), a Butzel Long partner, in the areas of supply chain excellence, additive manufacturing, and battery logistics. Butzel Long has enjoyed a very productive alliance with MAMA in serving the needs of Michigan aerospace companies. Contact your Butzel Long attorney for advice and counsel about how your company can capitalize on Michigan’s nationally recognized aerospace environment.

James Townsend



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