Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

Our five focus areas

Image, Innovation, Workforce, Logistics & Borders, and Manufacturing Policy are our key areas of focus. Find out more about each initiative by clicking below.


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Making the Case

How best to change the image of manufacturing? By stressing the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. and Canadian future. Image will follow. Join the discussion.

Getting the Facts

How we see ourselves is critical to how others perceive us. Let’s identify as many “Did you know” facts about our region, our states and our provinces, and let’s share them. Join the discussion.

FACT: Growing the Economy

Growing manufacturing is the best way to grow an economy. That’s because manufacturing generally produces the highest multipliers. Manufacturing requires more intermediate goods and capital equipment and pays good wages. According to the Economic Policy Institute, manufacturing employment multipliers range from 175 in apparel to 464 in automobile production to 904 in computer equipment and office machinery. Many of the Great Lakes manufacturing sectors are among the higher manufacturing multipliers.

Manufacturing is who we are.

Manufacturing makes the Great Lakes home to the world’s fourth largest economy, with a combined GDP of $4.7 trillion among the eight states and two provinces. Manufacturing with all its advantages is intrinsic and essential to our region’s success. We make things together.

Bi-National Collaboration

The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council works to promote, preserve and enhance manufacturing in the Great Lakes Region. We foster innovative partnerships, identify best practices, enhance resources and increase exposure to new ideas. Collaborating among council members, we will help manufacturers and their communities compete.

GLMC Seeks Manufacturers' Input for NAFTA Survey

The future of NAFTA is viewed as one of the critical issues to manufacturers in the Great Lakes region.  As the NAFTA conversations among negotiators and policy-makers ramp-up, the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council (GLMC) will convey manufacturers' viewpoints about the trade agreement to key decision-makers and influencers.  The plan is to summarize the results at one of the sessions of the Great Lakes Economic Forum in

Columbus Statement on U.S.-Canadian Relations

As U.S. President Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau meet in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 2017, the leading Canada-U.S.

Auto Executives in Canada and U.S. Plot Cross-Border Response to Trump’s NAFTA Threats

The Financial Post reports that Automakers and parts manufacturers on both sides of the Canada-U.S.

Half of all paid jobs in the modern workforce are automatable says McKinsey Global Institute analyst

One of the biggest challenges facing our two nations and their manufacturers is keeping up with advances in both hard (machines) and soft (data) technologies and attracting and developing workers who can also adapt to - and help drive - these new approaches.  One of the perceptions that steers workers away from manufacturing is that they'll be here today and gone tomorrow - either through a downturn or

IndustryWeek Special Webinar: The State of U.S. Manufacturing

IndustryWeek's special webinar on October 18 at 2:00 EDT will feature interviews with thought leaders from associations, companies and other manufacturing organizations about the current state of U.S. manufacturing and expectations/predictions for the next two to three years. Discussion will include the challenges to be addressed, as well as policies needed to address them and including actions that manufacturing executives can take to increase their companies' and U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.

As Skill Requirements Increase, More Manufacturing Jobs Go Unfilled

The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of open positions is the highest in 15 years, with many workers not possessing skills to do today's jobs.  To read the full story, click here

Time to Accelerate in the Race Toward Industry 4.0

Throughout the world, companies recognize that their success depends on adopting the new digital industrial technologies that are collectively known as Industry 4.0. To assess how quickly this fourth wave of technological advances is gaining momentum, The Boston Consulting Group recently studied the status of adoption in Germany and the US.

GDP Growth in Great Lakes Region for 4th Quarter of 2015

Indiana, Ohio and Michigan led the pack of states with quarterly real, inflation adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Indiana led the nation with quarterly GDP growth of 3 percent, followed by Ohio at 2.9 percent.  Michigan came in a 2.6 percent.  To read more, click here

From Rust Belt to Brain Belt: How Older Manufacturing Cities Are Remaking Themselves

A new book looks at how cities like Akron, Ohio and Albany, New York have built on their historic manufacturing strengths to be successful in the modern era.  According to the authors, the future looks bright because these “Brainbelts” have what emerging markets don’t: a skilled manufacturing workforce, a well-developed system of research universities and a culture of innovation.  To read the article from IndustryWeek, click

Staying Power: 100-year-old U.S. Manufacturing Companies

U.S. manufacturing has a long and rich history, which sometimes goes unrecognized.  Industry Week is featuring a salute to manufacturing longevity with a gallery of manufacturing firms that have been in business for at least 100 years.  For many of them, it's been far longer than that.  And, it's no surprise that many of these companies are in the Great Lakes region.

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