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Defense and homeland security operations find a strategic advantage in Macomb County that exists nowhere else in North America. This strategic advantage is bolstered by our exceptional engineering, R&D and advanced manufacturing capabilities built over 100 years of meeting the exacting standards of the automotive, aerospace and defense industries. Today, defense and homeland security companies located in Macomb County are capitalizing on the highly skilled workforce, infrastructure and vast supplier network that only exist here. This advantage allows them to operate more efficiently and provide quality products and services. Macomb County companies are better positioned to diversify and gain access to new markets. This growth would not be possible without the manufacturing, engineering and R&D know-how found in Macomb County and the surrounding Detroit region.








Macomb County is home to a number of military facilities that provide an advantage to defense contractors:
  • Selfridge Air National Guard Base, home to all five branches of the armed services (Harrison Township)
  • US Army Garrison – Detroit Arsenal (Warren)
  • US Army TACOM LCMC (Tank Automotive Command- Life Cycle Management Command)
  • US Army TARDEC (Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center)

Our proximity to these military assets drives success in Macomb County:

  • An existing network of more than 600 companies performing defense contract business.
  • Macomb County companies have won $36 billion in defense contracts since 2000.
  • Macomb County represents 63 percent of the defense business in Michigan
  • Nearly 20,000 defense contracts awarded to Macomb County companies since 2000.
  • More than 30,000 workers engaged in engineering, research and development.
  • Our region is ranked first in the nation for industrial R&D spending, filing over 3,000 patents annually
  • Over 350 labs and research facilities in the state are devoted to industrial and manufacturing technologies.
  • Forty-one regional colleges and universities graduate more than 12,000 engineers and technicians a year.



BAE Systems, Sterling Heights

BAE Systems is a global defense, aerospace and security company with more than 93,500 employees worldwide. It offers products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology and support services. BAE Systems opened its newly expanded Michigan location in March 2012. The four-story building in Sterling Heights is a premier center for engineering, development and program management of military ground vehicles including the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). Representing a $58 million investment in Macomb County, the 164,000-square-foot building is situated on 81 acres of land that includes a test track. Roughly 380 people work there.


KBRwyle, Sterling Heights

In October of 2016, KBRwyle, headquartered in El Segundo, California, moved into a new facility in Sterling Heights. KBRwyle is a leading provider of specialized engineering, professional, scientific and technical services to the federal government. The company has more than 7,000 dedicated employees working at locations nationwide and overseas. This is its first location in Michigan. The new space for KBRwyle is approximately 30,000 square feet with office space and testing space for their 12 engineers and various support staff.


Waltonen Engineering, Warren

Established in 1957, Waltonen is a full-service design and engineering company located in Warren. Clients include OEMs and major tier one manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive, transportation, aerospace, defense, medical and consumer product industries. In May of 2016, Waltonen Engineering purchased Independence Tool, a 30-person machine shop in Troy, Michigan to help with new work taken on through an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity defense contract awarded through TACOM in Warren. This new investment brings the total number of Waltonen employees to 185. 


BAE Systems 
Bauer Compressors Inc. 
Centerless Rebuilders Inc. 
CH Industries Inc.
Curtiss-Wright Corporation
DCS Corporation 
Duggan Manufacturing LLC
Enmark Systems 
General Dynamics Land Systems 
General Electric Aviation
Greene Metal Products
KEO Cutters Inc.
Lanzen Fabricating 
Mantech Advanced Systems International 
Navistar Defense
Oshkosh Defense 
Rave Computers
Science Applications International Corporation 
VSE Corporation 
Waltonen Engineering 


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The business development team of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development is here to help. Our job is to be knowledgeable about and connected to a wide assortment of programs available to help businesses succeed. This includes assisting with new investment in facilities and equipment, recruitment and training of new and existing employees, as well as help with financing, exporting and diversifying the industry sectors your company serves. The business development team will introduce your company to our partner service agencies and work with you to ensure access to available local and state incentives.

Our services are free, confidential and easily accessed. Simply get in touch, and we will arrange for your team to meet with our seasoned professionals. The business development team will listen to your goals to grow your business and act as your project manager to navigate working with government agencies at all levels.