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.

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.

What Manufacturing Workers Want

Industry Week conducted a survey of 2,500 manufacturing workers that reveals the strategies needed to implement to create a winning workforce culture.  The results are featured in a four part series.  In Part One, they outline the reasons for undertaking the project, and the valuable insight into workforce issues they are seeing.  Part Two

Registration Open - U.S.-Canada Summit, June 15-17, 2016

This inaugural Summit has been launched by more than 50 U.S., Canada, and cross-border business associations and stakeholder groups to examine the future of the Canada-U.S. relationship. The event will develop a specific set of action items for the next U.S. Administration, Congress, and the Government of Canada, as well as regional, state, provincial, and local partners.

Parents Have Misconceptions of Manufacturing Careers

Parents do not necessarily have the most up-to-date information or perspective on manufacturing and the opportunities available, according to a study released last week by SME, an organization that serves the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce.  To learn more, click

Special Report - Economic Challenges and Opportunities

BMO Capital Markets, the investment banking subsidiary of Canadian Bank of Montreal, has released a special report on the economic challenges and opportunities for the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence region.  The BMO sees the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region as a vital driver of North American economic output, employment and trade, accounting for nearly a third of combined Canadian and U.S.

The Robotics Revolution: The Next Great Leap in Manufacturing

 The real robotics revolution is about to begin accordding to BCG Perspectives.  What challenges and opportunities does this present to the bi-national Great Lakes region?  To read more, click here

New Electronic Manifest for In-Transit Truck Cargo to be Tested

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is planning to conduct a pilot test of a new electronic manifest in the Automated Commercial Environment Truck Manifest System for truck shipments of commercial goods transiting from point to point in Canada through the United States. This test will commence no earlier than May 27 and will run for approximately six months at the ports of Port Huron, Mich.; Pembina,  N.D.; and Blaine, Wash.

Domestic Auto Sector Nears Cyclical Peak: New Growth to be Driven by Nonmanufacturing Industires

Comerica Bank's Michigan Activity Index improved in February, increasing 0.5 percentage points to a level of 127.0.

10 Best Schools for a Supply Chain Education, Class of 2016

 Supply chain and logistics  is one of the critical competitive advantages of manufacturing in the Great Lakes region.  Four universities in the Great Lakes states placed among the top ten in the U.S., led by Michigan State University.

U.S., Canada and Mexico Call for Steps to Address Global Steel Overcapacity

Citing the dramatically worsening steel market situation in all three countries, the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States agree on the need for governments of all major steel-producing countries to make strong and immediate commitments to address the problem of global excess steelmaking capacity.  To read more, click

Introductory Trades Training Program Offered by CTMA

In an effort to help close the skilled trades gap in the Machine, Tool, Die & Mould (MTDM) sector, the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) has announced it is is pleased to be continuing the innovative Introductory Trades Training Program to help employers create another 100+ new positions for youth (ages 18-29) who are Residents of Ontario and have the right attitude & aptitude to work in the MTDM industry.  This year, the program will feature a new 42-week Earn While You Learn Stream.

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