Mobility and Autonomous Technology

Driving Innovation in Lansing, Michigan

More than a century has passed, and Lansing remains at the epicenter of all things mobility. From R. E. Olds Motor Car Company in 1904 to General Motors’ newest assembly plant in 2006, Lansing’s advanced manufacturing runs deep in the region. Today, as the world moves forward into new technologies, we’re leveraging our community’s history, our technical skills and our know-how to help an increasingly diverse range of industries become competitive players in the dynamic international marketplace.

Just a day’s drive from half the population of the U.S. and Canada, and within an hour and a half of the state’s other largest metros, namely Grand Rapids and Detroit, the advantages of having a business location in Lansing set us apart. Lansing provides an excellent transportation network, a skilled and plentiful workforce, logistics-friendly infrastructure and the expertise of world-renowned Michigan State University and nationally ranked Lansing Community College.

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Existing Industry Success Stories

General Motors
Lansing Delta Township plant

  • Currently employs 2,810
  • 3.6 million square feet on 320 acres. First-ever LEED-Gold Certified Automobile Manufacturing Facility
  • $1.2B invested since 2013
  • Opened in 2006
  • Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse

Lansing Grand River plant

  • Currently employs 1,405
  • 3.4 million square feet on 111 acres
  • $782.5M invested since 2013
  • Assembly (2001) and stamping (2016)
  • Camaro, CT series

2,005 suppliers in Michigan and spending $15.2B with them this year

Ultium Cells

  • Plant in Lansing announced January 2022
  • June 2022 – Construction Groundbreaking
  • September 2022 – Steel construction begins on site
  • December 2022 – US Energy Dept Closes $2.5B Loan for 3 Ultium Facilities in US
  • March 2023 – Completion of Steel Building Structure
  • December 2024 – Anticipated Construction Project Completion
  • Plant plans to be fully operational in 2025

Shyft Group

  • Delivery and specialty vehicles manufacturer
  • Well known brand names such as Utilimaster, DuraMag, Builtmore, Magnum, etc.
  • Fortune 100 Fastest Growing Companies in 2021
  • Charlotte, MI – began in 1975
  • Has facilities around the U.S. and Mexico
  • Currently employs 1,225 in Michigan
  • Recently announced largescale hiring and $16 million plant expansion to launch its new EV delivery vehicle, Blue Arc, planning to produce up to 3,000 EVs per year in Charlotte

ATESTEO North America

ATESTEO selected East Lansing because of the region’s proximity to future automotive customers, the promising partnerships with Lansing Community College and Michigan State University, and the region’s storied automotive spirit.

After multiple site visits and in-depth discussions about site opportunities, community & talent pipeline, support tools and the current & future mobility ecosystem, ATESTEO selected East Lansing as its first headquarters in North America, May 2o22.

The facility is fully operational as of March 2023.


  • Automation solutions company, Turkey
  • Partnered with Michigan State University in 2020 to roll out a full-size, electric Level 4 autonomous bus on campus, the first of its kind.
  • Karsan Autonomous e-ATAK bus – one fo the largest electric autonomous transit vehicles every deployed in the U.S. – rolled out in November 2021 and fully launched on campus in Spring 2022, with a 2.5 mile route

Molded Plastics Inc.

  • Delhi Township, since 1974
  • Fiberglass and thermoplastic products manufacturer for electrical and specialty vehicles, as well as the medical industry
  • Employs approximately 35 currently and is doubling its headcount with a recently announced $6.8 million expansion to support EV fiberglass contracts

Norm Fasteners

  • Global leader in fasteners manufacturing. Turkish company started in 1973, operating in 9 different countries with more than 2,000 employees
  • First U.S. presence in Lansing in 2018 with a small sales office and distribution center, approximately 15-20 people to start
  • Has since expanded here into large distribution and is closing in on a largescale manufacturing facility, to employ approximately 200 people.

Industry-Honed Talent

Michigan Facts:

  • #1 in the number and concentration of mechanical engineers and model makers
  • #2 in the number of industrial engineers, commercial and industrial designers, and mechanical engineering technologies
  • #3 in the number of engineers in the nation, over 100,000 employed in 2021
  • #1 in the nation for automotive manufacturing jobs, 6x higher than national average
  • 17 universities and colleges with nationally ranked undergraduate engineering programs, and 5 offer nationally ranked graduate programs
  • 8,455 engineering degrees awarded in 2021, with 35%being master’s degrees or higher
  • $451 million, or 17%, of Michigan’s higher education R&D is dedicated to engineering
  • Mechanical Engineers: 31,950 = 4x National Average
  • Industrial Engineers: 26,410 = 3x National Average
  • Tool and Die Makers: 9,610 = 5x National Average
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians: 7,970 = 7x National Average
  • Model Makers, Metals, and Plastics: 870 = 9x National Average
  • 5th in the U.S. for mobility-related job postings
  • Michigan youth are 3x more likely to highly consider a career in the automotive and mobility industry than youth surveyed overall

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Projected Employment Growth (2022 - 2027)

MSU / Engineering / Mobility

  • MSU U.S. Rankings:
    • Supply Chain Management = 1
    • Packaging Program = 1
    • Production / Operations Management = 3
    • Undergrad Engineering Schools = 46
    • Graduate Engineering Schools = 68
  • MSU – 1,300 engineering graduates each year
  • MSU – New Engineering & Digital Innovation Building approved in 2022 for new teaching and learning and laboratory research spaces to accommodate current and planned growth in student enrollment in digital learning, and growth and development of research in advanced materials and manufacturing, ultrafast sciences, quantum computing, and semiconductors.
  • MSU Partnership with Fraunhofer USA affording streamlined and state-of-the-art applied research and development opportunities for industry clients, chiefly focusing on development of novel and proprietary coating solutions for unique customer applications, plasma source development advancing customer technologies, new diamond solutions, and laser applications development and prototyping services
  • Nearly 60% of graduates from the College of Engineering work in Michigan.
  • The College of Engineering continues to see an increase in enrollment, especially in the computer science program. Overall enrollment at the College of Engineering has increased by 2,394 students over the last decade, according to MSU enrollment data.
  • MSU Mobility – extensive research into autonomous driving, specifically biometrics, cybersecurity, mobility management, data fusion, user experience / interface, and sociomobility / public policy

LCC / Center for Manufacturing Excellence

  • #2 ranked technical college in the U.S.
  • Offers business-focused courses, programs, seminars and customized training programs, across various fields such as quality management, leadership, and technical and skilled trades, to meet the needs of industry
  • State-of-the-art Center for Manufacturing Excellence offers hands-on advanced manufacturing training, with stackable credentials, in robotics & automation, welding, manufacturing engineering technology, and computer automated design

Wilson Talent Center

  • Career & Technical Education programming for high school juniors and seniors
  • Offering 12 career clusters, including automotive technology, precision machining, welding technology, and engineering technologies
  • Approximately 900 students per academic year.

Wilson Talent Ceter

Business Advantages


  • 98 out of 100 top automotive suppliers are in Michigan
  • 21% of all U.S. auto production occurred in Michigan in 2022
  • #1 state for OEM- and supplier-announced investments since 2018
  • #1 in EV- and battery-related announced investments by OEMs and suppliers, notably including Utlium Cells and ATESTEO
  • 2 newest GM plants located in the Lansing region


  • Lansing Region – 2.1 million population within 60 minutes
  • #1 Midwest Metro-to-Metro Migration from 2015-2019
  • Lansing region exists within 90 minutes of 90% of Michigan’s population
  • Nearby to major population centers and commerce hubs

Proximity to interstates / rail / airports / FTZ

  • Full service U.S. Port of Entry at Port Lansing at Capital Region International Airport (LAN), with Foreign Trade Zone #275 serving eight counties in mid-Michigan
  • Multiple Class I and short-line rail lines running throughout the Lansing region, notably CSX, CN, and Adrian & Blissfield.

Suite of business support tools

  • Full suite of business incentive tools and programs to support investment and job creation in the Lansing region, ranging from local and state tax incentives, job creation-based grants and loans, workforce development programming, and more. Check out a more comprehensive list here.

Supply Chain


Contributed to Local Economy Through Supply Chain Segment


Top Supply Chain Program in the US and Worldwide

Supply Chain Top Employers in the Lansing Region


# of Employees
Meijer 2,215
United States Postal Service 900
Ryder Logistics & Transportation 956
United Parcel Service of America 518
Capital Region International Airport 50
Canadian National 100
CSX 100
HSS Material Management Solutions 100

Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing to Lansing isn’t just building cars anymore. The Lansing region offers a large base of highly-skilled talent ready to bring their knowledge to your company.

Top Manufacturing Employers in the Lansing Region
Employer # of Employees
 General Motors  5,800
Peckham 1,400
Dart Container 1,200
Demmer Corporation 1,110
Spartan Motors 730
John Henry 609
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Local company, Niowave is leading the industry in particle acceleration and manufacturing radioisotopes. Many of their employees are former General Motors employees who have brought their skill set to a new industry.

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General Motors

Lansing is home to two of General Motors’ most technologically advanced assembly plants. The 2013 North American Car of the Year, the Cadillac CTS is built at the Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing.

Lansing Delta Township plant was the first assembly plant in the world—and one of just 350 buildings total—to earn gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®).

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Capital Area Manufacturing Council

The Capital Area Manufacturing Council is a regional skills alliance working on behalf of the manufacturing sector in the Capital region. CAMC is an executive level manufacturing community that works together to improve mid-Michigan’s manufacturing competitiveness by addressing and tackling common issues within the industry.