Gov. Jennifer Granholm is pitching Michigan as the gateway to the United States in a bid to attract Swedish investments.
Granholm says Michigan has much in common with Sweden including a shared interest in alternative energy.
The Democratic governor is making her plea during a weeklong trade trip to Sweden and Germany. She hopes to persuade cutting-edge energy and technology companies to do business in Michigan.
Nearly 50 Swedish companies, including furniture maker IKEA, employ more than 6,000 workers in Michigan. More than 300 German-owned companies have more than 170,000 employees in the state.
Granholm also announced today that Trelleborg Rubore, which employs about 340 people in Michigan, will invest $10.2 million in a new Northville Township technical center.