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Michigan’s International Business Address

​​​Oakland County is home to more than 1,040 foreign-owned firms from 40 countries

​​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 

Foreign-Owned Suppliers

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

​​Skilled Workforce

Skilled Workforce
  • Educated Residents - More than 50% of Oakland County residents have an Associate’s Degree or higher
  • Technical Talent - Michigan is #1 in the concentration of engineers — some 89,000​

 ​​Innovation Hub 

Research and Development Hub

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


  • With more than 3,800 patents awarded annually, the region has the first U.S. Patent Office outside of Washington D.C.

Industrial Designers

  • ​With more than 20,000 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

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  • More than 70% of Michigan’s OEM parts suppliers are based in Oakland County
​​SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 ACS, five-year estimate; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Realcomp II, Ltd.; Southeast Michigan Council of Governments; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; and ESRI.