MarketWatch.com produces several top 10 lists throughout the year. This one really caught my eye in regards to the Macomb County “Arsenal of Democracy” theme in Michigan. This area is fully entrenched with the Big 3 Auto companies from the beginning of the industrial age and even increased after World War II. For our analysis, this list clearly explains the overall dilemma in the US manufacturing industry. Over 50% of all employment s through mergers and acquisitions points to the “outsourcing” of tasks but not necessary out of the country, just re-packaged within the country. Very interesting! Overall, the general state economy was regressing while this segment was increasing. By looking through the strategy prism of Hoshin Kanri, we notice the non-alignment of strategy at every level, short term to long term and from an overall macro view of production capability of the internal country network. In more traditional strategic view, this article indicates a harvesting of “Stars” and a reinvestment of “Dogs”. The opposite of what you want in this scenario. Article Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-cities-where-foreign-companies-create-the-most-jobs-2014-07-07 Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior The following blog is the opinion of Gary Kapanowski and Garykapanowski.com. It is the sole intent to broadcast this opinion from Gary Kapanowski and Garykapanowski.com exclusively and not to reflect on any other institutions or organizations associated with Gary Kapanowski or Garykapanowski.com. ********************** 10 cities where foreign companies create the most jobs #6. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich. Percent employees at foreign companies: 7.8% Total employment by foreign businesses: 124,420 (10th highest) 2009-2012 annual export growth: 20.4% (2nd highest) 2012 total exports: $40 billion (8th highest) The Detroit metro area has been a hot spot for foreign investment in recent decades, with foreign-owned enterprises accounting for 7.8% of private sector employment in 2011. Just over half of all employment by foreign-owned businesses came from companies that entered the Detroit economy through mergers and acquisitions conducted since 1991, the fourth highest such rate in the country. Exports have also been particularly strong, growing about 20% a year between 2009 and 2012, despite negative overall output growth during that time. The export share of total growth increased seven percentage points between 2003 and 2012, from 13% to 20.8%. A resurgent automotive manufacturing sector has likely contributed much to export’s growth.

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