Great Lakes Manufacturing Council
 

Great Lakes Manufacturing Council (GLMC) Launches a Virtual Workspace to Engage Manufacturers

Detroit, MI - February 6, 2012   The new website of the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council (GLMC), a 501-C-3 non-profit organization that works to promote, preserve and enhance manufacturing in the Great Lakes Region, went live on Monday, February 6, 2012.  The site touts an updated brand image for the GLMC and can be found at: www.greatlakesmanufacturingcouncil.org  
 
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.  The GLMC is the only bi-national group of manufacturing associations working to increase the competitive advantage of all manufactures in the region, including companies in automotive, aerospace, medical, industrial, computing, green technology, healthcare and other forms of manufacturing.
 
The new site has a distinct look and is easy to follow; it promotes manufacturing, which with all its advantages is intrinsic and essential to our region's success.  Information and features include focus groups, discussion groups, a manufacturing assistance program directory, a logistics database, an industry calendar that visitors can populate, and information on the benefits membership and sponsorship.
 
"The GLMC strives make an impact in five key areas:  image, innovation, workforce development, logistics and borders, and manufacturing policy. We have a strong Board, represented by leaders of most of the U.S. and Canadian manufacturing associations in the Great Lakes Region," boasts Ed Wolking, Chair of the GLMC. "We have been hosting GLMC Forums in strategic locations since 2006.  The attendance has been terrific, but we also thought it was time to bring valuable information directly to the members of our participant associations.  It is now possible to keep the discussions about best practices alive year-round, in a virtual workspace."
 
The GLMC works to ensure that our members have the resources they need to be innovative and competitive, and that skills and productivity set the Great Lakes apart from other regions in the world. The web-based focus groups and directories help to identify resources in the Great Lakes Region that are not always readily apparent to our small and mid-sized manufacturing enterprises. Our region is recognized worldwide for its trade corridors and supply chain expertise and this new website connects people to the tools - and provides multiple opportunities for discussions about the current and future challenges and celebrations in manufacturing sector.
 
"We want our members, along with their members and/or employees, to dialogue about their challenges as well as their successes in our five priority areas.  We can all learn from one another by sharing valuable information that can strengthen the Great Lakes Region.  The updated navigation menu gives users quick access to the tools and information those working in manufacturing need every day," explains Wolking.
 
The GLMC invites you to help spread the news and the link  (www.greatlakesmanufacturingcouncil.org)  Participation will be an essential ingredient as the GLMC works to bring attention to the manufacturing sector's common similarities, differences and priorities.

Contact:  Ed Wolking
313-909-0832 (cell)
313-596-0832
EWOLKING@detroitchamber.com

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