LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will travel to Mexico on Sunday, May 5, to meet with government officials and key business executives on a two-day mission to strengthen trade relationships and attract job-creating business investments.
“As a developing global player, Mexico has proved to be a dynamic international trade partner for Michigan businesses,” Calley said. “This mission will allow us to explore ways to further strengthen our productive relationship.”
Calley on Monday will meet with key government officials and visit the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. He also will participate in a reception hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne and the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Dorothy Lutter. Calley will also meet with executives from Rassini, a Mexican-based automotive supplier that recently announced plans to open a machining facility in Genesee County’s Mt. Morris Charter Township.
Concurrent with Calley’s mission, Automation Alley will lead executives from nine Michigan companies to Mexico to meet with prospective partners, distributors and buyers to increase export opportunities from Michigan to Mexico. In addition to one-on-one matchmaking appointments, the group will receive customized market research, market entry strategy and business service support. The trip is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
Mexico, Michigan’s second-largest trading partner, offers enormous growth opportunities for the state’s businesses:
· Michigan is the No. 3 state in the U.S. for exports to Mexico, with Michigan companies exporting $10.5 billion in goods and services to Mexico in 2012.
· Michigan exports to Mexico represent 18.4 percent of the state’s worldwide total.
· Michigan exports to Mexico have grown 16.7 percent from 2011 to 2012.
· Key Michigan exports to this neighbor include transportation equipment, machinery (except electrical), chemicals and computers and electronic products.
· There are 11 Mexican-owned companies in Michigan that employ 1,836 Michiganders in 209 locations.
The Mexico mission is Calley’s second since taking office in 2011. In April he led a six-day investment mission to Netherlands, where he met with top executives from various Dutch companies along with city and provincial officials in Amsterdam, The Hague and Zeeland. The mission was instituted by the West Michigan Global Initiative with assistance of the Michigan Economic Development Corp, The Right Place Inc. of Grand Rapids, and Detroit Regional Chamber.
Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on work force 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. For additional information, visit www.automationalley.com.
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