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Transformers Generates Over $34 Million for Michigan’s Economy


The production of Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: The Last Knight led to a major boost to Michigan’s local economy, according to recent data from the studio. The film generated over $34 million in local economic activity – hiring over 700 local workers, who took home more than $11 million in wages.

Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest chapter in the popular Transformer series, hit theaters this week. The film spent over 200 days on location in Michigan, with a significant portion of the production spending benefiting a wide array of in-state businesses and industries. Key expenditures included:

  • Over $10 million on local rentals and purchases, including shipping, office supplies, parking, customized props, storage warehouses, and other supplies.
  • Over $3.7 million on lodging.
  • Approximately $3 million on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
  • Over $2.7 million on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
  • More than $2.3 million on hardware and lumber supplies.
  • Over $800,000 on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.

State Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said, “Michigan’s highly skilled workforce is suited for a variety of industries. The film industry recognizes the value of Michigan workers and contributes to many aspects of our economy. Movie making plays a valuable role in the diversification of our economy and attracts new talent.”

“When major productions such as this come to a local community, everyone stands to benefit,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd. “Local businesses, individuals, and families see the positive impacts of this film long after the production leaves. The motion picture and television industry helps to support over 16,000 jobs in Michigan. I am proud to see films like Transformers: The Last Knight positively benefit the local economy.


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