Automation Alley announces launch of Manufacturing Committee

Manufacturing has been the backbone of Southeast Michigan’s economy for decades, and recently, both the industry and the economy have experienced some significant shifts. Area manufacturers face a number of new challenges, including finding qualified employees to replace the older generation and training existing employees in new technologies. In response to these challenges, Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, recently launched a Manufacturing Committee. This member-driven committee was formed to foster collaboration and create opportunities within the manufacturing industry. All Automation Alley members in the manufacturing industry are invited to participate.

“Manufacturing is deeply ingrained in the history of Southeast Michigan. If you want to make something, you can make it here.  Much of Michigan’s economy is still connected to this industry,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “This committee will provide a forum for area manufacturers who are dedicated to the growth of this industry and this region to discuss critical industry issues and take action to resolve them. In doing so, they will ensure we have the technical workforce required of a global center for technology.”

The committee will focus on addressing challenges faced by manufacturers in Southeast Michigan; to recognize, promote and support the growth of manufacturing in the region; and to create networking opportunities.

Meetings will be held every six weeks with a rotating location. The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 from 8-10 a.m. at P3 North America, Inc., located at 1957 Crooks Road, Suite B, in Troy. To RSVP this meeting, to be included in Manufacturing Committee communications and meeting announcements, or for more information, email

If you would like to host a future Manufacturing Committee meeting, email with the location of your facility and the room’s capacity.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.