Automation Alley grows, despite automotive company struggles

The economy may be struggling but Automation Alley grows.


The technology business association, headquartered in Troy, grew 17 percent in 2008, according to its founder, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Automation Alley, over an eight-county region in southeast Michigan, is closing in on 1,000 members, said Patterson. He added that this year’s growth would have doubled in better times.

“We’ve been impacted, but we’re still making laudable progress,” he said. “We’re knocking on a thousand (members) and we’ve built it in a tough economy. (More membership) gives us much more clout in Lansing and Washington as we continue to recruit and maintain what we have.”

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