Guide to Economic Development in the Global Auto Industry - S31

The market intel for attracting plants

T

he Automotive Communities Partnership
learned something important about
economic development more than 15 years
ago.
"People and companies think regionally,"
says Bernard Swiecki, director of the
partnership, which is run through the Center
for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.
"Individual cities and states market
themselves to the auto industry. But
businesses and supply chains don't confine
themselves to the political boundaries
between communities - they look at a larger
and more strategic picture of locations and
logistics."
The partnership has drawn members from
across multiple states in the Great Lakes
region, including the Midwest and Canada,
as well as utility companies, the Norfolk-

(Top, clockwise) Final assembly at Toyota Georgetown;
Honda announces a boost at Alliston, Ontario;
Mercedes' expanding plant in Vance, Ala.

Southern railroad, the Japanese Consulate
in Detroit, and businesses of different
nationalities, among others.
In 2002, the partnership began compiling
a market intelligence database of newly
announced automotive investment projects
around North America, called "The Book
of Deals." The database tracks the size
and nature of each project, and captures
details about the incentive packages local
governments are providing to them.
"Our purpose is to let our members know
what it takes to attract a project today,"
Swiecki says. "Our members wonder, 'Am I
out of line on what I'm offering? Am I being
competitive?'
"They need those facts to know what it
takes to recruit new industry."

- lindsay chappell

10 biggest investment projects of 2017
North American investments announced by automakers

$2 billion

Volkswagen: Construct nationwide
EV charging network

$1.6 billion

Toyota-Mazda joint venture: Build
assembly plant in Huntsville, Ala.

$1.3 billion

Toyota: Refurbish Georgetown, Ky.,
assembly plant

$1 billion

Mercedes-Benz: Expand Vance, Ala.,
plant to build electric vehicles

$700 million

Ford: Establish a Manufacturing
Innovation Center at Flat Rock,
Mich., assembly plant, adding
production of an autonomous
hybrid and a hybrid Mustang

$600 million

BMW: Enhance its plant in
Spartanburg, S.C.

$600 million

Volvo: Add a second vehicle to its
new plant in Ridgeville, S.C.

$600 million

Toyota: Retool its light truck plant in
Princeton, Ind.

$376 million

Ford: Create a connected vehicle
research center in Ottawa, Ontario.

$372 million

Honda: Build a new paint shop and
increase flexibility at its Alliton,
Ontario, plant

Source: The Book of Deals, Center for Automotive Research

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Guide to Economic Development in the Global Auto Industry - Intro
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