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Alcoa Howmet – Whitehall, Michigan

Advanced manufacturing providing optimized solutions for improved performance, efficiency and value

Eagle Alloy

Eagle Alloy, Inc. – Part of the Eagle Group of companies - Muskegon, Michigan

Serving a diverse customer base and utilizing lean manufacturing practices; one of the premier steel foundries in the country


Alcoa Howmet – Whitehall, Michigan

A commitment to environmental sustainability; keeping the health and safety of their employees, customers and communities a top priority

Culinary Institute

Muskegon Area First: Helping Local Businesses Flourish

The Culinary Institute of Michigan - Baker College's world-class caliber culinary learning environment


Alcoa Howmet – Whitehall, Michigan since 1951

Leading producer of complex investment-cast turbine components for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries

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Regional Profile


Muskegon is part of one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland Combined Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) is the major driver of growth in West Michigan. Due to its close proximity to Lake Michigan, a streamlined, pro-business focus by local and county government, a strong commitment to economic development, and splendid quality of life, Muskegon is catching the eye of business leaders from across the globe who are looking for the ideal site to locate their companies and their families.


The future of Muskegon County is brighter than ever. The vision is to create a model waterfront community where all people may prosper in a healthy environment. This vision is a product of the Muskegon Area-Wide Plan; many organizations were involved including the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce, Muskegon Area First, local units of government, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, and One Muskegon.

Muskegon County Michigan is known for its diverse economy as:

  • A global leader in advanced manufacturing with specialization in metal, plastics, alternative energy, and agricultural products.
  • A popular Midwest waterfront destination for year-around tourism, culture, and recreation activities.
  • A popular Midwest waterfront destination for residential living and retirement.
  • The regional lakeshore center for affordable, quality health care in basic and specialty services.
  • The regional lakeshore center for life-long learning with emphasis in workforce training, early childhood through higher level adult education, and private and public research.
  • The Regional lakeshore center for retail services.

To reach this economic vision, community leaders and citizens must focus on developing the following community assets:

  • A welcoming and diverse culture
  • Educated and globally minded citizens
  • A safe environment for all people
  • Protected and preserved natural resources
  • Affordable cost of doing business and living
  • Coordinated land use planning
  • Global transportation access
  • Government cooperation and harmonious community leadership
  • Outstanding and well-funded institutions, facilities, and businesses 


W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research's 2015-2016 Economic Forecast for Muskegon