Repurposing Former Automotive Manufacturing Sites in the Midwest

The Midwest, as the traditional core of the U.S. automotive industry, has seen many auto plant closures over the years. The number of shuttered facilities in this region, specifically Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, vastly outpaces those in other parts of the country....

Driving Workforce Change: Regional Impact and Implications of Auto Industry Transformation to a Green Economy

Before the Great Recession, the auto industry in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio was in the throes of restructuring—applying new technologies and production efficiencies, reducing costs, and modifying product lines to equal or beat global competitors —accompanied by an extended period of downsizing. Overlaying the recession on the restructuring compounded the challenges the industry was already facing.