Advanced Battery Industry Reaching Critical Mass in Michigan

A quick survey of about a dozen Michigan battery companies found that together their headcounts may be somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000, with more jobs coming.

Published: 27-Jan-2011

Michigan's advanced battery industry is reaching critical mass on both sides of the state with plenty of job opportunities.

But job seekers need engineering degrees and experience for more technical jobs or a manufacturing or skilled trades background for production work, according to executives and human resource managers.

"We see our work force in Michigan expanding to between 2,000 and 3,000 over the next several years," said Jason Forcier, vice president for A123 Systems automotive solutions group in Livonia.


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