RESEARCH

MANUFACTURING IN DETROIT

Although Detroit is known as the home to America’s “Big Three,” it is home to many different manufacturing companies, including those outside of the automobile industry.  The landscape is dominated by the automobile industry, which has taken the city to its pinnacle and its grave.

Around the manufacturing prowess of the “Big Three,” sit many manufacturing companies that provide services, parts and tools for the automakers.   These companies include Delphi, Lear, Visteon, Borg Warner, and Penske, in addition to others.   It is the collaboration of these companies that made the American car so strong for so many years.  It is also the lack of progressive cooperation between these companies that have contributed to the fall of this great American city.  These companies along with the American automakers are what make Detroit the “Motor City.”

The city fabric demonstrates this nomenclature well, as the city is one of the largest cities in the country as far as land area.  The city was designed around the movement of vehicles and it served as one of the early testaments to mobile cities.

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