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Michigan’s International Business Address

​​​Oakland County is home to more than 1,000 foreign-owned firms from 39 countries : map pdf icon See the Map

​​An Export Hub to North America

Locating in Oakland County gives companies access to not only the U.S. market but also to Canada and Mexico—our companies export more than $14.5 billion annually

Foreign-Owned Suppliers

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​Oakland County’s top foreign-owned OEM suppliers come from:
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • China
  • Germany 
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • France

​​Skilled Workforce

Skilled Workforce
  • Educated Residents - Nearly 57% of Oakland County residents have an associate degree or higher, and 46% have a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Technical Talent - Michigan is #1 nationally in the concentration of engineers with nearly 102,000—with one-fourth of that number in Oakland County​

 ​​Innovation Hub 

Innovation Hub - Idea, Design, MakeResearch and Development Hub

  • ​With more than $12 billion spent, Michigan ranks fourth in U.S. for private spending on R&D

Automotive Industry

  • 76 of the top 100 tier one automotive companies are in Oakland County


  • Oakland County ranks ninth among all U.S. counties in new patents with 1,300 issued annually, and the region was awarded the first U.S. Patent Office outside of Washington D.C.

Industrial Designers

  • With more than 19,000 workers employed as industrial and commercial designers or industrial engineers, the region has the highest concentration of both occupations in the U.S.

OEM Suppliers

  • More than 70% of Michigan’s OEM parts suppliers are based in Oakland County
​​SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 5-year estimates, 2015; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA