LEAP serves as a one-stop shop for foreign-owned companies looking to enter the US market by setting up business operations in the Lansing, Michigan region.
We are committed to providing a soft landing through a full range of business services, resources and connection points to maximize the likelihood of business success and operational growth in the US.
As a public-private partnership, we have strong relationships with area companies, educational institutions, workforce development organizations and government leaders to ensure all the pieces are in place to provide a launching pad for US business growth.
LEAP has a demonstrated track record supporting foreign-owned companies with their US soft landing in the Lansing region.
Continental Oceans Technology Corporation, a Chinese software technology company building a travel advisory and support platform for international travelers that encompasses social media, forum, reviews, and cryptocurrency elements.
Janny MT, French AgTech company and manufacturer of controlled atmosphere containers to extend freshness of fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc. Launched US operations with a small sales office and research project in Lansing in 2015, launched distribution in Lansing in 2018.
total foreign direct investment
full-time equivalent jobs created
|Company Name||Country of Origin||Year||Investment||Jobs Created|
|KIRCHHOFF Automotive||Germany||2014||$24,000,000||285 jobs|
|JMT US||France||2015||$2,500,000||2 jobs|
|Dream Rods||China||2017||$500,000||3 jobs|
|Norm Fasteners||Turkey||2018||$1,000,000||16 jobs|
|Glanbia Nutritionals||Ireland||2018||$235,000,000||259 jobs|
|Beijing Empyrean||China||2019||$500,000||3 jobs|
|Continental Oceans Technology Corporation||China||2020||$2,000,000||100 jobs|
According to the latest census figures, 7 percent of Michigan residents were born outside of America, the state’s highest percentage of foreign-born residents in more than 50 years. The Lansing region is proud to welcome even greater numbers of foreign-born residents, including 9 percent in the city of Lansing, 16 percent in the city of East Lansing, 17 percent in Meridian Township and 8 percent in Delta Township. The top four countries of origin for Michigan’s immigrants are India, Mexico, Iraq and China.
In fact, ProximityOne data shows that international in-migration is the driving force behind positive in-migration within Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. The Lansing School District alone has welcomed students from 73 countries who speak 68 languages, showcasing the growth in our community from across the globe.
One of the top 150 universities in the world, Michigan State University (MSU) boasts ten No. 1 programs in the United States. These include the Supply Chain Management program, which is also No. 1 worldwide; Nuclear Physics, which was the first program of its kind in the United States; and Packaging.
international students enrolled, 2018
Of MSU’s 50,000+ student body, nearly 8,000 are international students, including: