Despite recent gains by southern states, the Great Lakes region remains the leader in automotive industry employment. The province of Ontario, Canada employs 90,000 auto workers and would rank second to only Michigan. All GL states but Wisconsin and Minnesota rank in the top 15. So those at Southern Business & Development who would like to characterize the Great Lakes - and Michigan in particular - as "destitute" or past its "heydey" are sadly misinformed. The magazine statement that no new assembly plants have been built in North America except in the South or Mexico since 2006, overlooks the new Honda Civic assembly plant in Indiana that opened in 2008.