Michigan No. 4 for new clean energy jobs, business group says

Posted on August 17, 2012

Michigan ranked fourth for the number of new clean energy jobs announced during the second quarter, according to Environmental Entrepreneurs, a business group that promotes environmental policy.

Michigan had nine announced projects during the quarter totaling an anticipated 1,319 jobs, trailing only California, New York and Florida for total number of anticipated new clean energy jobs.

“Michigan is becoming an electric vehicles hub, with companies like GE, A123 Systems, and others bringing battery and other electric vehicle component manufacturing to the state,” the report read.

The report covers only job announcements and not actual job creation figures.

Some of the announcements include Panasonic Automotive Systems, which plans to invest $8.2 million in a Farmington Hills research and development center and GE, which announced plans to add 300 jobs in Van Buren Township.

Grand Rapids-based Altronics Energy during the second quarter announced a $2.5 million expansion of its manufacturing facility and said it plans to hire 90 additional workers.

Michigan ranked 13th in clean energy job announcements during the first quarter.

By Karl Henkel, The Detroit News