Battle Creek

Key Industries

Strongest Industry Sectors

Battle Creek and Southwest Michigan are home to many organizations that are recognized, national leaders across these industries. The research, development and day-to-day operations of these industries attract workforce, talent development organizations and investments in the area. This work and investment only strengthens the resources and talent pool available here in Battle Creek.


The W.K. Kellogg Airport is more than an airport. It is the base for Western Michigan's College of Aviation, WACO Aircraft Corporation, and Duncan Aviation, which is one of the largest, family-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in the world, providing complete acquisition, sales and nose-to-tail support services for business aircraft. Michigan is home to more than 600 aerospace-related companies and employs more industrial designers than any other state with the highest concentration of electrical and mechanical engineers. 


The automotive industry began in the state of Michigan. And as such, many top tier automotive suppliers and vendors are located here. These manufacturers are among top employers in the area, and they are also a huge customer base for other local vendors and service providers. As this industry continues to get more sophisticated, our workforce development agencies collaborate with the automotive industry to ensure employees have the skills needed to support them today and in the future. The continued need for industrial designers and engineers continues to fuel this industry's and our area's growth.


Information Technology and Cyber Security are ever-growing industries on their own, as well as in their support of other leading industries in Battle Creek. Michigan's footprint includes high-tech automotive, manufacturing and defense industries which require a deep pool of engineering and IT Talent. Cyber security, IT professionals, developers, programmers, and other cyber workforce individuals have access to the West Michigan Cyber Range which offers certification on disciplines considered "best of breed" including multiple courses to fill the pipeline faster and feed into traditional university curriculum.

Food and Agriculture

While there is more to Battle Creek than being known as "Cereal City," our area is home to the headquarters of some of the largest food manufacturers in the country, and even the world. Agriculture is one of the top industries in the state of Michigan, and Battle Creek is a huge part of that. Battle Creek is also home to numerous food product development, research, and safety organizations.


The Battle Creek Air National Guard Base is home to the 110th Attack Wing, which hosts three separate missions: Flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), an Air Operations Group and a Cyber Operations Squadron. Fort Custer has a federally owned and state-operating Michigan Army National Guard training facility used primarily for small arms, live fire, and unit maneuver training. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is located in downtown Battle Creek. Its operations include Information Operations and Logistics Information Services. Learn more about the Defense Industry in Battle Creek here.


Battle Creek's location makes it a hub for many logistics companies. You are close to many main interstate highways with easy access to larger cities including Chicago, Detroit, Fort Wayne and many more. Hundreds of manufacturing companies are based in our area, and take advantage of the location and access to logistics providers including trucking, rail and of course, air transportation.

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