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.


Hot topics

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.

Our Members

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.

Ford CEO Identifies Three Key Technology Enablers That Will Help Bring Mobility to the World

When Ford President and CEO, Mark Fields, took the stage at the International Consumer Elecronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, he described his vision for how mobility will bring human progress to the world.  To read more about his presentation and the three key technology enablers that Fields identifies, click here


APMA & CAMM — Two Industry Organizations Collaborate to Support Automotive Sector in Canada

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) and the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM) announced that effective January 1, 2015, both organizations have entered into a collaborative working relationship whereby they will share in common industry initiatives such advocacy, events and trade missions.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Industrial Clusters Fuel Economy

The theory of locating similar companies in a centralized place in order to stimulate economic growth works, according to a new study from MIT.  The GLMC has been studying and identifying clusters for many years.

Where the Jobs are: The New Blue Collar

By 2017, an estimated 2.5 million new, middle-skill jobs are expected to be added to the workforce, accounting for nearly 40% of all job growth, according to a USA TODAY analysis of local data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

MSSC Announces Open Application Season for National Experts Panels

With authorized assessment sites in 44 states, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council MSSC is the premier national certifying body for frontline manufacturing and logistics work and is in a key position to

Joint Forward Plan Released by Regulatory Cooperation Council

The Harper Government and the Obama Administration recently released the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Forward Plan (Forward Plan).  The

9th Annual Canadian Manufacturing Study

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) and Manufacturing AUTOMATION have launched the 9th annual Canadian Manufacturing Study survey. The results, to be published in Manufacturing AUTOMATION's October 2014 issue, will provide detailed insights into the manufacturing strategies, methods and technologies in use in Canada, and give readers the opportunity to compare their facility to others across Canada.

RailTEC's New Research Center Unique to North America

Rail safety and innovation has been given an even greater emphasis at the federal level these days.

Third-Annual Manufacturing Day - Friday, October 3, 2014

More than 1,500 manufacturing events across the country are estimated to mark the third-annual Manufacturing Day taking place Friday, Oct. 3, according to event co-producers. Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation. The 2013 celebration included 831 official events.

THE BIG M Plans Return in 2015

Mark you calendars!  After a successful conference this year, planning is underway for THE BIG M's return in 2015.  The event will take place June 2-4 at Cobo Center in Detroit.  You can stay up-to-date with the event by visiting

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