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Planning and Economic Development

Automation and robotics

Macomb County’s manufacturing hub is home to an infrastructure that features technology, skilled trades, and manufacturing expertise.

That combination makes Macomb County a prime location for automation and robotics.

According to the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP), Michigan has more robots deployed in manufacturing plants than any other state, comprising 12% of all robots in the United States. The DRP also reports the Detroit region is the No. 2 U.S. Metro for plastics manufacturing jobs, with a dedicated workforce of more than 31,000 people.


Why Macomb County?

  • More than 1,200 companies employ almost 121,000 skilled workers across science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • We specialize in prototyping, producing and designing.


Workforce snapshot


Projected job growth from 2017-2027


Jobs in 2017


Jobs in 2022


Projected jobs in 2027



Important industry data

  • $4.5 Billion GDP

Global experts in automated systems and robotic assembly lines

  • $7.3 billion in annual industry total sales
  • $6 billion in total export sales
  • 18% of in-region sales


Programs available for businesses

  • Financing through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation -- small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan utilize the MEDC’s multiple capital access programs to maintain and grow their companies when private sector lenders need assistance in providing a loan
  • Industrial Facility Tax Exemption (PA 198) -- provides a tax incentive to manufacturers to enable renovation and expansion of aging facilities, assist in the building of new facilities, and to promote the establishment of high-tech facilities
  • Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! programs -- On-The-Job-Training program offers an incentive to employers for hiring eligible job seekers and providing them new skills training. OJT provides reimbursement to the employer; up to 50% of the new employee’s wages for a designated period. This reimbursement assists in covering some of the extraordinary costs of providing the training
  • Michigan Business Development Program (BDP) -- provides grants, loans and other economic assistance to businesses for highly competitive projects in Michigan that create jobs and/or provide investment and results in a net-positive return to Michigan
  • Michigan Manufacturing Technical Center I4.0 tech assessment  -- helps identify technologies that can provide maximum improvements and return on investment
  • Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP) -- allows community colleges to provide free training for employers that are creating new jobs and/or expanding operations in Michigan.  The training for the newly hired workers is paid by capturing the state income tax associated with the new employees' wages
  • On-The-Job-Training Programs (OJT) 
  • Robotics training at Macomb Community College

Top companies

  • Fori Automation
  • Kuka Robotics
  • Paslin
  • R & E Automated Systems
  • Waltonen Engineering

Contact us


To learn more about our free and confidential services.

Curt Chowanic

Senior Economic Developer

Call: 586-469-6284