About Michigan's Chemical Industry

More than 96 percent of all manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry.

  • Output
    • At $16.4 billion, chemistry is the fifth-largest manufacturing sector in Michigan.
    • This makes Michigan the 15th-largest chemical-producing state in the nation.
    • Michigan's chemical industry ships $4.4 billion in products to customers around the world, making it the third-largest export sector in the state.
  • Jobs
    • Michigan's chemical industry provides 29,718 direct jobs and another 28,090 related jobs.
    • The average wage for the business of chemistry in Michigan is $83,448, which is 28 percent higher than the overall manufacturing sector in the state.
    • In Michigan, the chemical industry also generates an additional 39,712 jobs in plastics and rubber products.
  • Value
    • Michigan's chemical industry generates $2.5 billion in annual payroll.
    • In our state, the chemical industry also contributes $147 million in state and local taxes, and $398 million in federal taxes.
    • Michigan's chemical industry invests $896 million each year to build and update equipment and facilities.
Source: American Chemistry Council, 2016.

Chemistry in the Automotive Industry

Chemicals are essential in the production of automotive adhesives, coatings, plastics, composites, rubbers, fluids, and more.

  • Every light car produced in the U.S. contains more than $3,500 of chemistry products.
  • Michigan is the leading state for the automotive plastics sector, with nearly 15,300 jobs and $4.0 billion in annual shipments.
  • On average, plastics make up 50 percent of new car's volume, but less than 10 percent of its weight.
  • Lightweight vehicles help save the average American driver $400 a year in fuel.

For more information, please visit the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division Auto Team.

Chemistry in Buildings and Construction

Chemicals are essential in the production of roofing, insulation and house wraps, piping, adhesives, windows, and more.

  • Every new home built in the U.S. contains over $15,000 of chemistry products.
  • Many new homes are built with the goal of being "net-zero" energy users; such homes rely heavily on energy-efficient materials and solar energy components enabled by chemistry.
  • A 2009 study found that home insulation products save more than 200 times the amount of greenhouse emissions used in their creation.

For more information, please visit the American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division Building and Construction Team.

Chemistry in Agriculture

Chemicals are essential to increase agricultural production, decrease crop loss, and ensure food safety and freshness through packaging.

  • Food production capacity is a vital global issue, with the world's population expected to grow to nearly 9 billion people by 2050.
  • In the U.S., crop protection products add $82 billion in increased yield and quality of crops. As a result, American families save 35% on fresh fruit and more than 45% on fresh vegetables.
  • No-till production techniques enabled by crop protection help prevent 4.2 billion pounds of soil erosion in Michigan each year.

For more information, please visit CropLife America.