A Supply Chain so Deep, You’ll Need a Snorkel
West Michigan is the Office Furniture Capitol of the world, and more importantly, we are home to global companies leading the way in designing working, healing, and living environments.
West Michigan is also a premier design center — nearly 90% of the world's furniture designers are graduates of Grand Rapids-based Kendall College of Art and Design.
One of the nation’s largest and most extensive manufacturing sectors, West Michigan is home to industry leaders in applied technology, sustainable practices and industrial design. The region has some of the nation’s largest industry concentrations in metals, plastics, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, production technology, automotive, office furniture and food processing. Some of our greatest growth, however, has come from new opportunities in alternative energy and materials, electronics and information technology, aerospace and defense, life science and professional services.
West Michigan’s manufacturers are also commercialization partners for the many research centers, innovators and universities found here. Organizations like the Van Andel Institute
, the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC)
, the University Research Corridor
and MSU Business Connect
are collaborating with innovators and West Michigan companies to drive the development of everything from new, water-saving technologies, to wireless recharging platforms for electronic devices.