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International Landing Zone

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Macomb County's International Landing Zone

Is your company considering new operations in the United States?

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Macomb County is located in southeast Michigan, just north of Detroit.

The Macomb County International Landing Zone (ILZ), or soft landing zone, located inside Velocity in Sterling Heights, allows businesses to integrate into the region. The ILZ is open to international and domestic businesses looking to establish a presence in southeast Michigan.

Benefits of the ILZ

  • Modern office space at no cost for six months.
  • Access to business acceleration programs.
  • Consultation with legal and accounting firms.
  • One-on-one consulting by Macomb County economic development specialists.
  • Proximity to existing and potential customers and suppliers - such as Army Ground Vehicle Service Center, TACOM, and 10 Defense PRIME contractors as well as hundreds of suppliers.
  • Access to educational institutions, mentors and industry experts.
  • Access to The Michigan Defense Center where the Arsenal of Democracy meets the Arsenal of Innovation.
  • Introduction to Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
  • Access to Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) matchmaking events, connecting purchasers with suppliers.

Located in the heart of metropolitan Detroit, office space is available at the Velocity Center in Sterling Heights.

Why Macomb County?

  • Macomb is one of 11 counties that make up metropolitan Detroit and southeast Michigan. 
  • Macomb County is the major manufacturing center for the region. It is one of the top such regions in the state of Michigan with a strong foundation in automotive, aerospace and defense.
  • Macomb County is home to global automotive manufacturers like Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Stellantis. Defense and aerospace industries such as General Dynamics, BAE Systems, and others are also located here.
  •  The Detroit region has a population of 5.4 million people. It has a diverse and skilled workforce with an unmatched education and talent pipeline.

New tenants

Akimbo Technologies Inc.

Akimbo Technologies Inc. is a dynamic start-up company dedicated to creating innovative

Akimbo Tech

solutions that push the limits of cybersecurity for military naval vessels and combat vehicles. Akimbo’s DEFENSA “deep tech” software is built on the foundation of dynamic distributed fault tolerance. It detects, corrects and heals (i.e. sets the back to the ‘normal’ state) all forms of anomalies regardless if they are triggered by a component failure or cyberattack. Its core value is that it reliably detects and corrects all anomalies in real-time without any assistance from a cloud-based security operation center (SOC).

“It was important that we establish a base of operations in Michigan close to the defense corridor and a strong, skilled labor force,” Chief Revenue Officer Rod Weir said. “Macomb County and the ILZ was extremely helpful in getting that done.”


Proax Technologies

Proax Technologies is a leading technical automation distributor that offers innovative

Proax Tech

product solutions in the areas of automation and robotics, motion control and machine safety. Proax, a Canadian company, has been in the marketplace for more than 59 years and continues to grow and expand its product line and services to meet customer's needs. Proax has more than 190 employees with 12 branch locations.

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Curt Chowanic

Senior Economic Developer