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Locate to Macomb County, Michigan

With a solid manufacturing base, a quality, skilled workforce and other resources at your disposal, Macomb County is an excellent place to locate your business.

With two international border crossings, access to the Great Lakes, and a robust, skilled workforce, Macomb County is the perfect place to build and grow your business.

Why Macomb County?

Map of Macomb County and Michigan

Here are just a few benefits of locating to Macomb County:

  • Two International border crossings (Detroit and Port Huron) are within an hour drive
  • Major airports - (Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Bishop International Airport) are within an hour’s drive, as are additional smaller airports
  • More than $250 billion in trade crosses from Michigan to Canada annually
  • More than 143 million metric tons of cargo, valued at $15.2 billion, move across the Great Lakes every year
  • An available workforce of 450,000 people within Macomb County and another two million throughout the region
  • Metropolitan Detroit’s high-tech workforce ranks third in the nation in the number of engineers, research and development specialists and journeyed, skilled tradespeople. (Source: EMSI)
  • Michigan ranks second in the nation for electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineers 
  • Michigan has 11 times more mechanical engineers than any other state in the country. 
  • Michigan also employs the most industrial engineers in the country, with nearly 18,600. 

(Source: Detroit Regional Partnership)

Macomb County’s supply chain

It is home to facilities and headquarters of many large international corporations, including the General Motors Technical Center, General Dynamics Land Systems, Ford Motor Co. plants, two major production facilities for Stellantis, BAE Systems, and the U.S. Army’s Ground Vehicle Service Center.

From concept to consumer, Macomb County's economy has a demonstrated ability to provide a localized supply chain that will make your company successful. With a 62% industry diversity rate, employment is distributed more evenly between the 11 industry clusters compared to the typical county. A region with high diversity can signal economic stability and more easily withstand economic pressures.

Prime properties

Finding the right location for your business home is very important. Our research specialists can help you find available buildings or developable sites based upon your specifications. 

Targeted industries

With a history and tradition of world-class manufacturing combined with advanced technologies, Macomb County is leading the way in these five categories: 

Affordable taxes

Macomb County maintains competitive tax rates:

  • 6% corporate income tax
  • 4.25% personal income tax
  • 6% sales tax rate with no local sales tax.

Workforce strengths

Michigan has been recognized as a top state for new manufacturing jobs and investment by Area Development, being awarded with 2021 Manufacturing Gold Shovel Award on strength of 2,619 new jobs and $441.8 million in private investment.   

According to, in 2023, Michigan ranks:

  • No. 1 for Automotive manufacturing strength
  • No. 1 in EV investment
  • No. 4 in Manufacturing jobs (percentage of the workforce)
  • No. 4 Manufacturing output
  • No. 7 in Health care jobs
  • No. 9 Foreign direct investment (FDI) capital investment
  • No. 10 in Customized workforce training
  • No. 10 in Tech talent pipeline
  • No. 10 in Life sciences

Fueling the Talent Pipeline

Macomb County is helping to fuel the region’s talent pipeline by engaging directly with businesses and the next generation of our local workforce. 

Business services

Macomb County’s business development team can help connect your businesses and organizations to the incentives and resources you need.

Some of the services offered include:

  • Coordinating state and local investment incentives and financing programs
  • Providing existing companies resources for hiring, training and retaining their workforce.
  • Site selection analysis and help locating prime properties in the county.
  • Assisting new companies with site searches and resources for talent recruitment.
  • Market research, workshops and networking opportunities.
  • or available buildings and sites based upon individual needs and acts as a liaison between your company and a local municipality to ensure the project moves along smoothly.

Services provided are personalized, confidential, and free.

International Landing Zone

For global companies looking to locate within the United States, Macomb County offers an International Landing Zone (ILZ) at Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights.


Quality of Life

Visit Make Macomb Your Home to find out more about the quality of life in Macomb County

Michigan named one of top states for business

CNBC has named Michigan the 10th best state for business in its 2023 rankings.

CNBC Michigan top 10

Michigan cracked the top 10 in America’s Top States for Business in 2023 for only the second time since the list was launched, powered by strong job growth, advanced manufacturing leadership, and a low cost of doing business and living. 

CNBC listed several criteria it uses to determine a state’s ranking. This includes “10 broad categories of competitiveness” and “86 metrics.” These are broad categories businesses use when making site selection decisions and states invest in to lower costs and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses alike. 

While Michigan came in 10th overall, it ranked higher in two categories and make strides in others, including: 

  • Sixth for cost of doing business, up from ninth last year. 
  • Seventh for cost of living, up from 12th last year. 
  • 12th for technology and innovation, up from 15th last year. 
  • 15th for business friendliness, up from 20th last year.

The entire report can be found here.

'If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you'

To learn more about Macomb County and the state of Michigan, check out the latest

Site Selection Magazine cover

Michigan Guide digital publication, part of the Site Selection magazine.

Contact us

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Call: 586-469-5285


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