According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Macomb County added 9,118 manufacturing jobs from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2018, the largest increase in the nation. Pictured is Majestic Industries, a manufacturing company in Macomb Township.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Macomb County added 9,118 manufacturing jobs from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2018, the largest increase in the nation. Pictured is Majestic Industries, a manufacturing company in Macomb Township.

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Macomb County has largest manufacturing jobs increase in nation

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 12, 2019

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Macomb County experienced the largest increase in manufacturing employment from 2016 to 2018, a government agency recently announced.

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, which looked at quarterly census of employment and wages, Macomb County added 9,118 manufacturing jobs from the fourth quarter of 2016, to the second quarter of 2018, the largest increase in the nation.

The report indicates that Macomb County went from 65,137 to 74,255 jobs in that time period. Alameda County, Calif. was second on the list, with an increase of 9,049 manufacturing jobs.  

“We’ve been trending steady growth in manufacturing jobs in the county, pretty much over the past seven years,” Director of Macomb County Planning and Economic Development John Paul Rea said. “Since the Great Recession, we’ve seen a continued build, not only in the adaptability and resiliency of our manufacturing super-cluster in Macomb County, but obviously jobs associated with it.” 

A Jan. 31 release from the White House Office of the Press Secretary, puts an emphasis on President Donald Trump fulfilling his promise to “Buy American” and revitalize American manufacturing. Trump’s last visit to Macomb County was April 2018, when he appeared at Total Sports in Washington Township.

“Together, we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that more products are stamped with those wonderful words: ‘Made in the USA,’” Trump states in the release. 

On Jan. 31, the president signed an executive order on strengthening buy-American preferences for infrastructure projects. 

When it comes to investing in manufacturing workers, the release states that Trump is investing in workforce development that will help prepare American workers to join the thriving manufacturing sector.

One Macomb County manufacturer that Rea said created a significant number of jobs, from 2016 to 2018, was Grupo Antolin in Shelby Township.

“They’re a major auto supplier to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,” he said. “We also have Mitchell Plastics in Sterling Heights and SAPA Transmission in Shelby Township.” 

Rea mentioned original equipment manufacturers as the top manufacturing employers in the county.

“Ford, General Motors and FCA have major facilities across the county,” he said. “In the last couple months, there’s been a little bit of volatility in that market with GM restructuring, but we still see steady employment figures.”  

Rea said a major factor that plays into the county being a popular manufacturing site is “concept to consumer. No one does it better.”

“Whatever segment of the production-based industry you’re involved in, Macomb County can service it,” he added.    

Other Michigan counties that made the top 40 list of counties with the largest increase in manufacturing employment were Kent, Wayne and Oakland.   

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