Over 4.1k New Jobs Coming to Right to Work Michigan!

Businesses are investing in the state of Michigan as a result of the benefits that its Right to Work laws provide. The latest Right to Work Michigan investments are coming from Ford and Magna International, as well as Gentex and Shyft Group. Altogether, these businesses will create 4,130 new jobs. So this is exciting economic news! Find out more by reading on.


Ford is investing $3.5 billion and creating 2,500 new jobs in Right to Work Marshall, Michigan, as a result of a new battery plant.

“Ford’s decision underscores the continuing vitality of our state’s EV and mobility sector. Through a bipartisan and pragmatic approach, Team Michigan demonstrated again its commitment to winning the future of mobility and EV manufacturing here in Michigan. […] Michigan is competing aggressively to win every EV and mobility investment. We appreciate and are grateful for Ford’s continued vote of confidence in Michigan and their partnership on this economic win that will positively impact Michiganders across our state for decades to come.” […]

“On behalf of the County of Monroe, we are excited to have another Ford facility here in Monroe County. We appreciate this significant capital investment and the new jobs it will bring to the area and look forward to continuing this long-lasting relationship.”


Magna International:

Magna International is part of an expansion in Right to Work St. Clair, Michigan. As a result, they will create around 900 new jobs.

“The accelerating shift toward vehicle electrification opens up exciting growth opportunities for Magna beyond powertrain,” John O’Hara, president of Magna’s body and chassis group, said in a statement. “We have been able to leverage our expertise to supply battery enclosures — a product for which we see strong potential going forward.” […]

Magna has 348 locations around the world and says it has consolidated sales of $37.8 billion for all of 2022, a 4% increase from the previous year. It makes a variety of auto parts from technology to body and exteriors to power train. It is well known for car seats. As North America’s largest auto supplier, Magna employs more than 11,500 people in Michigan and supplies parts to all the major carmakers.



Gentex is adding a new location in Right to Work Grand Rapids, Michigan. This will also create 50 new jobs for the area!

“Rising transportation costs make commuting increasingly difficult, so if Gentex wants to recruit employees from Grand Rapids, we need to be here,” says President & CEO Steve Downing. “And by locating a satellite plant and creating jobs in a neighborhood near city center, our goal is to strengthen not only Gentex, but also the surrounding community, and we look forward to future opportunities to do so.” […]

Gentex says it has worked to address several of West Michigan’s key obstacles to employment in recent years, adding Spanish-speaking assembly lines in 2021. Late last year, they announced plans to add on-site childcare facilities.

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Shyft Group:

Shyft Group is investing $16 million in order to expand and create 680 new jobs in Right to Work Charlotte, Michigan.

“Congratulations to the Shyft team on your continued growth and success. This investment underscores the strength of your business powered by our state’s talented workforce and leadership in mobility and advanced manufacturing. […] We’re grateful to Shyft for this vote of confidence in Michigan and look forward to working together to grow, add jobs, and provide greater opportunity in Mid-Michigan.” […]

“This is another critical addition to the growing electric vehicle Capital of America here in the Lansing Michigan region! From their family-owned roots in Charlotte, the Shyft Group’s impressive growth into an innovative global heavyweight industry player has blossomed under CEO Daryl Adam’s leadership and team. […] The competition from other communities and states is intense for a growing company like Shyft and overall for electric vehicles and adjacent industry projects. Shyft’s continued commitment to invest locally has been clear and our region is better off because of it.”


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