Macomb Matters January 2015 Marks Message
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015!
As usual, this year is starting off with a lot of exciting activity. Last week was the 2015 North American International Auto Show. As you all know, the manufacturing/automotive industry is such a huge part of our culture here in Macomb County. In fact, in Macomb County, the automotive industry is made up of nearly 500 companies, employing more than 37,000 individuals.
The industry here is a diverse network of businesses involved in research and development, production, wholesaling, retailing and maintenance of motor vehicles. Annually, manufacturing-based entities in Macomb County add more than $10 billion to our economy, exporting more than $41 billion worth of products and importing more than $16 billion in goods. And, over the past four years, the auto industry has invested more than $2 billion in Macomb County.
As I walked around the auto show this year, it was evident that what we are witnessing in Macomb County is the continued evolution of this great industry. From leading edge assembly plants to specialty manufacturing shops, the strength and stability of our automotive legacy is not only intact, but heading in new directions. Many of these innovations are happening right in Macomb County.
The three finalists for the 2015 North American Car of the Year:
- Ford Mustang – Engine produced at Romeo Engine Plant
- Hyundai Genesis
- Volkswagen Golf (Winner)
The three finalists for the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year:
- Chevrolet Colorado – Designed at the GM Tech Center
- Ford F-150 – Engine produced at Romeo Engine Plant (Winner)
- Lincoln MKC
I’m always proud of how Macomb County is represented in this national spotlight and I hope you are too. What a great start to the New Year.
Mark A. Hackel
Macomb County Executive