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Watches, bikes, specialized jobs aid Wayne County surge

July, 20, 2015 – John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press

Corridor Sausage Co.
Corridor Sausage Co. in Eastern Market. (Photo: Salwan Georges, Detroit Free Press)

Entrepreneurs Will Branch and Zachary Klein launched their Corridor Sausage Co. in Detroit in 2009, mixing gourmet meats by hand and selling them to friends and then to the public from a stand at Eastern Market.

Today their products are distributed across Michigan, and with seven full-time and three part-time staffers, they’re looking to hire more people. Corridor Sausage’s growth is one small piece of a much larger surge in manufacturing jobs in Wayne County last year that was tops in the nation, a welcome sign for a county and state built and sustained since World War II on the strength of its production economy.

Headlight Data, an Austin, Texas, research firm, ranked the county first in the nation for growth in manufacturing jobs last year, adding 4,225 production jobs, or an increase of 5.3% from 2013. That’s more than four times the national rate of 1.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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