Right to Work Michigan Grows Despite Biden Economy

The economy is taking a pretty bad turn right now as a result of Biden policies. But that’s not stopping companies in Right to Work Michigan. Businesses investing within the state include JR Automation, UTAC, Bleistahl, and Wacker Chemical. Some of these will be expanding, while others are adding new locations. Regardless, they will be investing a total of $93.9 million toward the state’s economy altogether. So this is exciting news!

Read on in order to learn more.

JR Automation:

JR Automation is investing $9 million in order to expand in Right to Work Holland, Michigan. This will also create 140 new jobs!

“The State of Michigan and the MEDC continue to demonstrate their commitment towards keeping Michigan businesses competitive in the global landscape. Through their generous support and the hard work of Lakeshore Advantage, JR Automation will be creating one of the top machining and fabrication facilities in West Michigan, expanding our capabilities while allowing for more control and speed in delivering industry-best solutions for our customers.” […]

“Congratulations to the entire JR Automation team on your tremendous growth and success. We appreciate your continued vote of confidence in our state and in our workforce. […] This project is a win for West Michigan and for the entire state. We are grateful to the Governor and legislators for the continued support of the Michigan Business Development Program. We’re proud to join Lakeshore Advantage and other local partners as we celebrate this long standing Michigan company’s expansion here, and look forward to working together to grow, add jobs and provide greater opportunity for our friends and neighbors.” […]

“JR Automation is an excellent example of a future-focused company expanding and providing high skilled jobs in West Michigan. […] We are honored to support the growth of this automation solutions provider and we celebrate their continued success.”



UTAC is investing $26.2 million in order to add a new testing facility in Right to Work Redford, Michigan. This will create 85 new jobs as a result!

“The decision to expand our test and systems build facilities to include Electrified Vehicle powertrain testing reaffirms our commitment to this rapidly growing industry. UTAC will play an integral role in the EV testing industry and will create high-tech, quality jobs in our community for the electrified future. […] Our bespoke designed powertrain and battery test systems will be able to support design validation, controls calibration, and replicate the performance of full-scale production according to our customers’ unique specifications. Globally UTAC provides end to end vehicle validation at all levels. We look forward to advancing the sustainable future in Michigan and beyond.”



Bleistahl is investing $8.7 million in order to expand in Right to Work Battle Creek, Michigan. This will also create 69 new jobs!

“We are thrilled that Bleistahl has chosen to expand their operations in Battle Creek, Michigan. […] Since 2013 Bleistahl has been providing quality jobs for our community and we are excited for their next chapter and growth in Battle Creek.”


Wacker Chemical:

Wacker Chemical Corporation has opened a new headquarters location in Right to Work Ann Arbor, Michigan with a $50 million investment.

“Michigan is, and has always been, a home for innovators of all kinds to experiment, discover and deploy new technologies and solutions that change the future, and today is no different. […] We’re thrilled to welcome this additional investment from WACKER as the company makes clear that Michigan’s highly skilled workforce and strong advanced manufacturing ecosystem provide a winning combination for it’s continued growth into the next generation and beyond.”


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