Happy Holidays from MICHautoDecember 17, 2020
In the past year, we have witnessed more tragedy and triumph than we could have ever imagined. Throughout my career in the automotive industry, I have never seen people and companies do what has been done in the last nine months. You looked out for your employees and colleagues, helped mobilize the “Arsenal of Health” to support front-line workers, and worked to provide a safe workplace when the wheels of the industry began to turn again. Together we worked to keep manufacturing open for our economy, for our communities, and for our people.
Our team at MICHauto has been with you every step of this journey. I am extremely proud of the work we have done. Throughout the last nine months, we have advocated to keep manufacturing open on behalf of the automotive industry. Most notably, we reached out to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on your behalf, urging for the reopening of manufacturing. As a direct result of MICHauto’s lobbying, the state allowed a critical ramp-up period for automotive suppliers to safely and productively restart the industry’s supply chain. Manufacturing reopened on May 11, 2020, and has stayed open since.
One of MICHauto’s goals has been to raise awareness of the impact the automotive and mobility industry has on our state’s economy. In the MI COVID-19 Priorities Poll released this week by the Detroit Regional Chamber, it was gratifying to learn one-third of Michiganders agree – manufacturing is the most important area of our economy to keep open.
On behalf of MICHauto, I want to say thank you. We are grateful for your partnership, support, and collaboration. It is a privilege to serve as the leading voice and advocate for Michigan’s automotive and mobility community. We value the opportunity to serve your organization and look forward to building a stronger future for our state’s signature industry.
As we reflect on what we have been through and the opportunities that lies ahead, stay safe and be well. On behalf of the MICHauto Team, I wish you, your families, and your colleagues all the best for this holiday season and the year ahead.
Glenn Stevens Jr.
Executive Director, MICHauto;
Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives,
Detroit Regional Chamber