"Good Paying Jobs" for Michigan?


Visteon to build local plant

Not sure if I understand my home state's strategy here, as the governor says:

“The company's investment in Highland Park will bring good-paying jobs to the community and strengthen Michigan's position as the global leader in automotive research and development,” she said in a statement Tuesday.

Visteon will invest $35 million to build the facility and plans to hire 175 workers at a starting wage of about $9 an hour — an amount that is expected to climb to $11 an hour by 2010.

Will cheap labor save Visteon??

A commentator points out the “just in time” advantages of being near customers (not a bad concept), but:

He expects the company decided to build it in the United States because of complex customer requirements for just-in-time sourcing. Otherwise, labor costs would be too high to warrant Visteon's investment in Michigan.

$9 to $11 an hour is “too high?” Geez oh pete.

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1 Comment
  1. curiouscat says

    Google started adding jobs in Michigan last year – I believe the estimate is an average pay of $50,000 for 1,000 people, eventually. Larry Page (co-founder) attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

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