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From www.Gasgoo.com| February 02,2007

Mid-Michigan is the automotive hot spot.
Locate here and more than half of the North American automotive industry is less than half a day’s drive away.

You can’t get any closer to your customers.

In mid-Michigan, within four hours or less, trucks carrying your products can deliver to:

Over 50% of North America’s automotive assembly plants. Get to General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, Honda, CAMI (GM/Suzuki), Auto Alliance (Ford/Mazda), Subaru, and AM General—40 final assembly plants in all, producing 8 million cars and light trucks annually.1

More than 70% of the engine, transmission, and parts operations at General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, Honda, CAMI, Auto Alliance, and the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance.

Over 900 top automotive supplier locations. Your mid-Michigan links to the rest of the automotive world include major interstate highways (I-75 and I-69 among them), seven deep-water ports (including three with U.S. Customs service), three international commercial and passenger airports, top-notch inter-modal transportation facilities, and two Foreign Trade Zones. Access to Canada is via bridge and tunnel and high-cube and double-stack rail.

Automotive Density: Each dot on this map represents an automotive assembly, engine, transmission, stamping, parts, or supplier facility.


Want to be near the industry’s decision makers?
Mid-Michigan gives you the inside track. The state is home to the headquarters of General Motors, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler. Plus, of North America’s top 150 automotive suppliers, more than 90 are based in Michigan, 3 and almost 85% are within a four-hour radius.4

Access a talent pool as deep and wide as a Great Lake.
Some 215 automotive research and development centers, employing upwards of
65,000 professionals are located in Michigan. The state also offers more skilled trades workers and mechanical and industrial engineers than all of America’s southern states combined. It’s the greatest concentration of automotive talent in the world.

No worries about infrastructure.
Mid-Michigan gives you the support of a strong and experienced manufacturing base.
Draw upon expert tool and die, stamping, molding, metal services, metal finishing and coating, machining, prototype and low-volume production, and engineering services.

And Michigan provides institutional support. The state’s governmental, business development, financial, educational and training, and non-profit organizations understand the manufacturing environment. They’ll work hard to deliver services tailored to your business needs.

Tap into the area’s leading-edge research and education facilities.
In mid-Michigan, you can collaborate with researchers at the region’s 18 colleges and universities. Among them are Kettering University (a leader in fuel cell research and ranked first in the U.S. in undergraduate industrial/mechanical engineering programs), Michigan State University (a leader in bio-fuels research), and The University of Michigan (home to the U.S. Army’s Automotive Research Center of Excellence and ranked second in the U.S. in graduate industrial/mechanical engineering programs).

It’s a great place to live, a great place to raise a family.
What other region combines such a reasonable cost of living with four-season outdoor recreational opportunities and vibrant cultural life (everything from world-class symphony and museums to history, hockey, and hip-hop)? Then add excellent schools and exceptional ethnic diversity. That’s mid-Michigan.

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