They could be called Michigan’s new Big 3. The University Research Corridor, made up of Wayne State, the University of Michigan and Michigan State, have released a report that says two-thirds of Michigan’s industrial jobs are in the better-paying and more secure advanced manufacturing sector.
The study found more than 381,000 people at 11,00 Michigan firms are working in high-tech, highly productive advanced manufacturing jobs – nearly two-thirds of the state’s manufacturing base.
The report, by the Anderson Economic Group Makers, defines advanced manufacturing as those that make high-tech products; develop or apply processes for future manufacturing; or have productivity growth rates significantly above the U.S. average.
“The new auto industry, and many other inductries, are dealing in nanotechnology… in the kinds of things that are information technology-driven; that are nanotechnology-driven; that are in the modern era of high tech,” said Wayne State University President Jay Noren.
Last year the URC invested more than $100 million in advanced manufacturing research and development, according to the report.
Wednesday’s report was released as part of a URC three-campus bus tour.
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