Key Industries

Muskegon County welcomes businesses of all varieties and comprises just about all major sectors with the County’s vibrant manufacturing community representing 21% of those employed.  Healthcare has also seen a surge in growth in recent years to represent an additional 18% of the County’s economic base.


  • A common thread tying these industries together is our well-qualified and educated workforce. Many local technical programs are available through Muskegon Community College, Baker College, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Career Tech Center, and West Michigan Works! Opportunities at the Stevenson Center for Higher Education, which is Muskegon Community College’s partnership with Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, and Western Michigan University, offers unique programs, allowing occupational students to transfer to high-quality baccalaureate and above programs. Our workforce, which comes at an affordable cost, is continually upgrading their skills to meet the needs of the changing economy. Add to this the abundance utility capacity and supportive local government, it is easy to see why Muskegon County is an ideal location for business development, growth, and expansion.

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  • Additional Resources Available:
    Deep water port
    Industrial and Business Park Inventory
    Available Sites and Buildings
    Selling to the Government
    Muskegon Business Resource Team (BRT)

Contact Muskegon Area First to find out more about why Muskegon County is a great place to do business and how we can help your company soar to new heights.

Core Industries:

Advanced Manufacturing
Aerospace and Defense
Food Processing/Agrifood
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare

Advanced Manufacturing

Muskegon County manufacturing sector is known as global leader in advanced manufacturing with specialization in metals, plastics, furniture, aerospace, chemicals, medical devices, agricultural products, and more. With a lower cost of living and doing business than surrounding counties and strategic proximity to rail, highways, the largest natural deep-water port in West Michigan, and regional and international airports, Muskegon County is poised to remain a manufacturing hub for West Michigan and indeed the State of Michigan.

Aerospace and Defense

Contributing to our diverse economy, aerospace and defense manufacturers, position Muskegon County as a significant supplier in the nation’s national security. Global firms in the aerospace and defense industries, such as GE Aviation, Arconic,and Kaydon Corporation, are all thriving in Muskegon County and help make this area the largest cluster of aerospace manufacturing in the U.S.

Food Processing/Agrifood

Muskegon County is home to a variety of food and beverage processing facilities including Cole’s Quality Foods, La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Swanson Pickles, R.W. Bakers Co., and Hazekamp Premier Foods. These companies are a part of the County’s strong manufacturing sector and represent some of the world’s most advanced technologies. Food processing/agrifood a growing sector of Muskegon County’s economy due to the lower cost of living and doing business as compared to surrounding counties, a highly skilled workforce experienced in manufacturing technologies, affordable utilities and real estate, and easy access to various modes of transportation including highways, rail, regional and international airports, and a deep water port for shipping.

Entrepreneurship

Small businesses are taking hold in Muskegon County as never before. Built on a tradition of prosperous family businesses, newer companies from Pigeon Hill Brewery and Unruly Brewing Company to the Cheese Lady are booming.

The support system to further innovation and growth is engaged and helped develop and cultivate businesses such as Dog treat maker Love Bites Treatery , LED light company Smart Vision, breast pump accessory-maker Pumpndo and shop-at-home boutique Fittedtot. These innovators all took their ideas to Grand Valley State University Muskegon Innovation Hub, a co-working and incubator space and were provided resources and assistance to help transform their ideas to scalable businesses.

Healthcare

Healthcare has grown to represent 21% of the County’s economic base. Facility expansions, new services and new-to-the-area specialty practices have created a community able to address the health needs of all residents. Hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories, cancer care facilities, mental health facilities, assisted living centers, in-home health operations, physical therapy, homeopathic care, pharmacies, and medical equipment sales and rentals help make up the healthcare sector in Muskegon County.

The following are some healthcare resources in the area: