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Posted on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 12:49 p.m.

National survey ranks Michigan 4th in corporate expansion

By Ben Freed

Site Selection magazine ranked Michigan 4th in their annual Governor’s cup that compares the growth of new and expanded corporate facilities in states across the country, according to a story from MLive’s Melissa Anders.


Liebherr Aerospace in Saline expanded by 33,000 square feet in 2012, one of the major expansions in Washtenaw county that contributed to Michigan's totals.

Photo courtesy of Liebherr-Aerospace

Texas won the “competition” in a landslide with 761 projects, followed by four Midwestern states. Ohio had 491 projects, followed by Pennsylvania with 430, Michigan with 337, and Illinois with 322.

Michigan and Texas are the two states in the top 5 that have passed right-to-work laws, and Site Selection editor-in-chief Mark Arend told MLive the legislation will “certainly keep Michigan on lists of states that are under consideration [for companies].”

Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Mike Finney both said the ranking highlights Michigan’s economic turnaround. The last time Michigan was ranked in the list’s top 10 was 2010, when it ranked 7th.



Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 12:58 p.m.

So it ranked 7th prior to the non-Right to work law, now it ranks 4th. Expansion of facilities is one thing, hiring and paying good wages is another. Funny to see so many people that poo poo other rankings for MI cities and the state all of a sudden like rankings.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 11:34 p.m.

Michigan's unemployment rate in January remained unchanged from the month before at 8.9%, even as statewide employers added 27,000 new jobs during the month. The job growth was boosted by gains in retail trade, government, and leisure and hospitality services. But the unemployment remained stubbornly high by historical standards. Get it?

Basic Bob

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 4:11 a.m.

I get it. We need to encourage the return of manufacturing jobs to this once great state. Even if the corporations are controlled by greedy capitalists who exploit workers, it pays better.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 3:15 a.m.

I'm thinking 8.9% is better than what we had with our last Governor where is was up to 14.1%. Even with Democrat math. Get it?


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 8:27 p.m.

Watch out. That list is really more about business real estate expansion projects. Forbes lists Michigan as 47th out of 50 best states to do business in 2012. Stay tuned. Gov Snyder was also profiled as working hard to clean that rank up for 2013. 10 of the now 24 Right-to-Work states top the Forbes list.

Tyrone Shoelaces

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 11:15 p.m.

A place called "Liebherr Aerospace" is about real estate?


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 8:20 p.m.

Now THERE's an inconvenient truth.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 8:29 p.m.

isnt it sooooo funny how they usually come out of the woodwork to bash RS, but when there are actual facts and data they keep hidden... hmmm...

Tyrone Shoelaces

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

Darn that Rick Snyder, killing Michigan's economy and stuff like that. I'm assuming these expanded facilities only employ one-percenters, because I was told Rick Snyder has declared war on the middle class and only helps out his corporate buddies. And where is that evolution into "Michissippi?" I mean, with this data showing us having 24 times as many projects as that southern state, how are we supposed to be more like them? I just don't get it.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:17 p.m.

Cant wait to hear the responses on how this is bad, or how it's good at all due to granholm... sorry libs, Snyder's polices ARE bringing biz and jobs back to MI... it's not an overnight process, and it is also not a 4+ year process with zero results (cough cough Obama). I bet tax revenue will also be higher in 2013.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:09 p.m.

I guess unemployment going from 10.2% to 7.9% across an entire nations is (cough) zero results? Where you aware that the federal govt backed loans to the auto industry, which saved thousands of jobs in MI? "The auto bailout is something that was done, it's over with, it worked.." Rick Snyder. The Center for Automotive Research estimates the "bailout" saved 1.5 million jobs. It's nice that you have one standard for Obama and another for Snyder. What is your take on Snyders raising of taxes and his proposals to raise more taxes? Would you support national tax increases to balance the budget as Snyder has done in MI?


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 7:48 p.m.

Thank goodness for Snyder and people who can see the bigger picture!


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:14 p.m.

You write about high ranking corporate expansion like it is a good thing! Corporations are evil and the more they expand the more they will exploit us regular people while they give their CEOs 20 million dollar bonuses. Now that corporations are people if we keep growing corporations they will keep rigging our elections and take over our government like Snyder did. We need more equality, not more greedy corporations. I miss Granholm.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 10:11 p.m.

I feel like the OP is trolling with these comments.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 8:30 p.m.

Nuh uh, Mitt Rmoney only pays 14% per year and Warren Buffett pays less than his secretary because the republicans add in all sorts of tax loopholes that only people rich enough to hire accountants can use. Then they cut funding to all the programs we depend on so they can pay for all these handouts to rich people and corporations who already have plenty of money. Tyrone doesn't need more money, WE DO! Where is Robin Hood when you need him?


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 8:28 p.m.

I hope you're joking TB. YOU nor A2 didnt do a damn thing to get me to where im at today...


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 7:46 p.m.

TB - Based on your hunger for handouts, I'm sure Tyrone already gives you PLENTY of money...upwards of 50% of what he earns via the state and federal government...


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 7:23 p.m.

Wow Tyrone, you must have a lot of money to be exploiting all those people. How about instead of being greedy and buying new roofs and plumbing and water heaters and bathroom renovations you donate it so people like me can afford new water heaters? We live in the same community and we all contributed to your success, why should you get all the stuff? I want stuff and I deserve it just as much as you do. I can't wait until Obama makes you pay your fair share.

Tyrone Shoelaces

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:54 p.m.

So, "hiring" has now been changed to "exploiting." I exploited somebody the other day when he worked on my roof. I also exploited somebody last month when I had him fix my plumbing. And I really exploited another guy last year when he installed a new water heater for me. And that guy who did my bathroom renovation? He'll never get over the nasty exploitation I laid on him. I think he's seeing a therapist now.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:49 p.m.

If a corporation is smaller, that just means it exploits its workers with more intimacy and privacy than the large public corporations.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:43 p.m.

yeah yeah!! Especially those crazy corporations that have 50 people working for them! ...the monsters...

Top Cat

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 5:58 p.m.

Jeff Irwin, Rebekah Warren, your thoughts and incite on this ?


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 3:49 a.m.

Hello, hello? Nope, no lefties here.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 11:44 p.m.

Wasnt there just an article out today saying MI unemployment rate remain unchanged (ie stagnant) last month. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 7:49 p.m.

All I hear is crickets....

Tyrone Shoelaces

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 6:44 p.m.

Good question. And it's very unfortunate timing for the panel discussion the Democrats are having at the IBEW hall tomorrow evening.