Automotive Manufacturing Supply Chain – Tier 1

Auto Industry Cluster MapMichigan leads the world in the design, development and production of cars and trucks, and is the home of General Motors, Chrysler Fiat and Ford Motor Company.   Our state employs more mechanical and industrial engineers than any other in the U.S. and has the third most engineers of all types in the country.  Michigan also is home to 61 of the world’s top 100 automotive suppliers.

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St. Clair County is a preferred location for tiered automotive suppliers.  The county provides a central location and is the gateway to the automotive supply chain through the Blue Water Bridge and CN rail tunnel.  The county provides the following key advantages to automotive suppliers and OEMs:

  • Highly productive and skilled manufacturing-based workforce
  • Significant plastics cluster with a location quotient of 1.8
  • 25 assembly plants located within four hours of our location
  • OEM assembly plants in the region include Chrysler Fiat, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Honda and Toyota
  • Located on I-69, a NAFTA highway connecting Canada, U.S. and Mexico via highway and rail
  • RESA Tech Center annually produces national award-winning talent in machining, welding and automation
  • Cost of living 15% below national average
  • Labor costs below or equal to other automotive clusters in the U.S. (Source: Stats America)


Offering the best of both worlds, our community is close enough to major markets to provide ample workforce, but far enough away to avoid traffic congestion.  This increases efficiency for Just-In-Time (JIT deliveries) and lowers your risk (cost) due to delays caused by traffic.

Are you ready to join other successful local automotive companies in St. Clair County, Michigan?

Global Tier 1 Suppliers

Company Country Product
Magna Canada Plastic Interiors
ZF Group Germany Axle
Mugele Germany 3PL
Mapal Germany Cutting/Tooling
ALD Thermal Treatment Germany Heat Treat
Mag Power Group Germany Assembly Systems
H.P. Pelzer Germany Fabric/Insulation
Norma Group Germany Plastics
SMR India Mirrors
Comau, Inc. Italy Assembly Systems
Michigan Metal Coatings Japan Metal Treatment
Keihin Japan Engine Components
Chassix US Control Arms
Dana Corporation US Tubing/Cooling
Mopar US Parts/Coating
International Automotive Components US Carpet/Deck
Engineered Plastic Components US Plastics
TI Automotive US Fluid Lines
US Farathane US Plastic Interiors
Shawmut US Lamination/Composites

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