Report from America: Detroit

By September 14, 2006Report from America

Report from AmericaYesterday found the blogger-in-chief outside Detroit, in Troy, Michigan, at ArvinMeritor headquarters. ArvinMeritor is an $8 billion company, a supplier to the auto industry employing over 30,000 employees in 25 countries. You can’t help but feel the manufacturing vibe in Detroit and especially at ArvinMeritor HQ. They have a huge display in their lobby of all the suspension systems, wheels, roofs and various parts that they make, that go into the cars you drive (Yes, we asked them for a video, not to worry).

We visited with ArvinMeritor and a bunch of other Detroit-are companies, talked about the Prosperity Project, urged everyone to push between now and the elections to let their employees know about “P2” as we call it, and to get involved. It really is something to see. Even in union shops, employees who educate themselves through P2 will choose the pro-business candidate time and time again. Just give ’em the facts, and they take it from there.

We learned about a really neat venture of ArvinMeritor, a plant that they built right in the middle of the city, right next to a high school. Here’s a link to a news story about this very inspirational tale, one manufacturer that is making a big difference. We’ll be writing more on it later, but this will get you started.

Michigan’s economy, a most of you know, has taken a dive of late. It is one of only two states that have lost jobs this year — the other being Katrina-battered Louisiana. Incumbent Gov. Granholm is suffering in the polls as a result, and challenger Dick DeVos is giving her a run for her money. Stay tuned, as this is a race that everyone will be watching.

In any event, thanks to Jerry Rush of ArvinMeritor for hosting us and to Chuck Hadden of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, always on his toes. The MMA, incidentally, will be meeting on Friday with both Gubernatorial candidates. They hope to decide soon thereafter on an endorsement. We’ll keep you posted.

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  • Kim says:

    Apparently you have not seen the recent Epic MRA poll which can be viewed at this URL: As of today, Granholm is up by 8 points in the poll and is thus not lagging.

    One of the major misnomers of Devos supporters is that MI’s unemployment rate is higher than the rest of the country. While that is true it is also the case that MI’s unemployment rate has historically been higher than the rest of the country, for the last 30 years. In fact over the last 10 years we have been closing the gap with other states.

    If this article implies that Devos is pro-business then why does he donate funds to the AFA who is active in creating a boycott of Ford Motor Co products?