Macomb County is playing a big role in the automotive industry and this year's North American International Auto Show.
The Car of the Year, the Cadillac ATS, was engineered and designed at the GM Tech Center in Warren and can be found at Don Gooley Cadillac in St. Clair Shores.
The Ram 1500, which is the Truck/Utility of the Year, was assembled at the Warren Truck Plant.
“Macomb County has been well represented at the 2013 North American International Auto Show,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel in a release. “We have always had a long and successful connection with the industry and continue to be committed to it, encouraging investment in facilities and infrastructure while also developing a skilled and educated workforce to lead the way as the field continues to grow and change.”
Across Macomb County there are more than 41,000 people employed by the automotive industry in nearly 1,000 companies. Additionally, more than $2 billion has been invested into the Macomb County auto industry which has nine facilities in Macomb County including assembly plants and General Motors Tech Center, according to county officials.
Automotive industry in Macomb by the numbers:
- 17,000 employees
- Warren Transmission -- $325 million investment to retool/upgrade the facility (2011)
- GM Technical Center -- adding 1,500 IT positions and a planned $300 million investment (2012)
- 9,125 employees
- Sterling Heights Assembly -- Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200 -- $850 million investment paint shop (2011)
- Warren Truck --Dodge Ram -- adding 1,000 new workers with a third shift (2012)
- Sterling Stamping
- Warren Stamping
- 4,374 employees
- Romeo Engine --$50 million investment to retool/upgrade facility (2011)
- Van Dyke Transmission -- $220 million investment to retool/upgrade facility (2012)
- Romeo Proving Grounds
Source: Macomb County