Industry Focused Analyses

MEDC-MDC: Candidate Supplier Companies for Michigan’s Defense Industry Supply Chain

(This study/report was prepared with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN) HQ00051510029)

This engagement determined companies in Michigan that could supply the defense industry, but we not currently doing so. Our process of determining the extent of the potential defense supply chain of companies in Michigan required a through a detailed examination of the current supply chain and the ways in which it can be better accessed by the defense industry.

MEDC-MDC: Testing and Evaluation Facilities in Michigan: A Catalogue and SWOT Analysis for Defense Sector Opportunities in Michigan

(This study/report was prepared with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense, Federal Award Identification Number (FAIN) HQ00051510029)

Created a catalog of the Testing and Evaluation companies in Michigan, their capabilities and an indication of the sub-sector in which the company operates. Further, the report examined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of the state’s position to retain and grow this industry. The main focus of the study was to determine T&E assets that exist in the state that could be deployed in the defense sector, offering the potential to add to and diversify the customer base of hundreds of companies throughout the state.

The City of Sterling Heights, Michigan: An Assessment of the Potential for a Research and Development Facility for Crossover Technologies

Assessment of the robotics market and the potential to create a robotics incubator for hardware manufacturers. Research included interviews with defense companies, venture capital companies operating in the space, manufacturers, software and hardware developers, the Dearborn Makerspace, UAV manufacturers or service providers, and educational services, such as Square One.

Detroit Regional Chamber-Business Attraction Supplemental Database

HWA identified and engaged with new technology companies just entering the automobile supply chain. HWA first identified companies in new and emerging technologies. HWA next created an outreach strategy to many of these companies. Many of these companies were subsequently contacted and meetings were arranged at events such as the SAE Congress in Detroit.

MEDC—Pure Michigan Business Connect: Technology Company Connecting and Vetting

Assisted the PMBC unit of the MEDC in finding and assessing manufacturing and technology companies that could prove to be likely candidates for joint ventures with auto companies or that might be candidates for other assistance provided by the MEDC. HWA developed a highly-focused database of verified companies that are operating in the connected, automated, alternative powertrain, infotainment, or telematics sub-sectors and are looking to grow in the automotive space. HWA is also working with PMBC to host small events that will attract these companies. Additionally, HWA is working with a broad network of economic developers, industry analysts and subcontractors to find and identify additional candidate companies.

Regional Growth Partnership of Northwest Ohio: Building Auto Supplier Capacity and Capabilities

HWA Analytics identified small auto-related businesses that are most able to increase their capacity and capabilities and access new business opportunities with targeted applications of technology upgrades and additional assistance from economic development agencies. HWA identified approximately 75 companies best suited for expansion. After initial screening, HWA referred approximately 20 companies that requested further assistance.

Great Lakes Region: Automotive Communities Partnership

Prior to creating HWA Analytics, HWA’s president created and directed the Automotive Communities Partnership. The Automotive Communities Partnership is a program that brings together communities, international partners, industry partners, educational institutions, and government agencies in a collaborative environment to sustain and grow the Great Lakes regional automotive and advanced manufacturing footprint. Through 14 years of the program, Hill helped arrange more than 50 meetings with industry and community representatives.

Assessment of Willow Run as a CAV Technology Center

HWA principals conducted an analysis to discover what types of CAV technology research are already being performed by other technical centers in the country. The purpose of this effort was to eliminate redundancy when making development plans and to target the technology campus in a direction that is most needed by the industry. Further, through company interviews, the team determined a vision and plan for re-developing land at the Willow Run airport for use as a connected and automated vehicles testing and development site.

Business Forward: Targeted Industry Analysis and Company Interviews

HWA conducted in-depth industry analyses regarding automotive, advanced manufacturing and other industry sectors, focused on such issues as environmental, trade, labor, and other policies. These helped support long-term strategic planning efforts, primarily for industry associations crafting policy decisions to best represent their members’ interests.

General Sports and Entertainment: Benefits of a New Independent Baseball League

HWA conducted an economic analysis on the local economic benefits of building new stadiums in small or midsize towns in Michigan and creating a new independent baseball league. HWA was a partner in this project with Bonner Advisory Group.

MEDC: Comprehensive Database of Michigan Automotive Suppliers

HWA principals helped the state construct an accurate database of Michigan automotive companies. Initially, commercially available databases were vetted for completeness and accuracy of database records. Error or omission rates of 20% to 30% were found. Next, we conducted secondary research (web-based searches, association data, membership directories, etc.) to complete as much of the missing or erroneous data as possible. The final step was to conduct targeted primary research by contacting companies directly to ascertain accuracy.

U.S. Department of Commerce: Mapping the Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain in Michigan

Helped map the electric vehicle battery supply chain in Michigan and determine the steps that Michigan economic development agencies should take to strengthen this supply chain. HWA principals investigated the best methods to accelerate knowledge transfer and improve the innovation ecosystem in Michigan. The purpose of the project was to map, support and further build an advanced energy storage systems cluster in Southeast Michigan. This project was funded by three federal agencies and supported a partnership of 11 different Michigan entities. The team met with dozens of companies to understand the innovation ecosystem of Southeast Michigan and how to enable small companies to access technology assistance, university tech transfer services and other networking options.

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