Jennifer Granholm's recent trip to Japan to pitch the state's workforce to foreign investors is beginning to pay off. Denso Corp., a Japanese supplier controlled by Toyota, has announced a $36 million investment to expand its North American headquarters and facilities in Southfield, MI over the next five years. The investment will create 250 engineering and other professional positions. While the state has recently attracted new design studios and research facilities from many foreign automakers, Granholm has been lobbying hard to get foreign automakers to consider building actual manufacturing plants in Michigan. With both GM and Ford scaling back in Michigan on all fronts, Gov. Granholm has rightly gone against any official or unofficial allegiance the state has had to the domestic automakers in order to pump some much needed investment into the state.
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