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.

Borders in Globalization: Bridging Politics, Law Culture

The Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor is co-sponsoring a public event called "Borders in Globalization: Bridging Politics, Law, and Culture" on February 24 from 12 - 2:30 pm. It brings together three prominent scholars on border issues from Canada and the US.

Victor Konrad, Carleton & Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly will be speaking on "Borders in Globalization, Bridging Politics, Law, Culture. Co-sponsored by the Cross-Border Institute and the School of Arts and Visual Communications and TLJN (Transnational Law and Justice Network). Lunch provided

Ready for the Boomer Exodus?

For many years, demographers have been predicting that this current decade would bring a big surge in the number of baby boomers retiring from the workforce. Now, that long-anticipated outflux has started to happen. Employees of U.S. manufacturing companies have been retiring in noticeably larger numbers as the eldest baby boomers reach age 65.  Employers are starting to feel the impact of those valued veterans walking out the factory door. 

Interactive Manufacturing Innovation Network

The future of manufacturing goes far beyond digitally-controlled processes.  It's just as much about digital connectivity - helping companies discover one another and do business.

2014 Global Automotive Innovation Competition - $50,000 First Place Prize

Compete for a chance to win more than $50,000 in business acceleration services at the Sixth Annual Global Automotive Industry Innovation Accelerator Competition. The collaborative event between SAE Detroit Section and MIT Enterprise Forum of the Great Lakes (MITEF) seeks to find innovative companies with promising ideas to solve problems within todays automotive industry. The winners will receive support from SAE Detroit Section and MITEF to accelerate lab to production cycle time for high-value auto industry innovations.

We Make Great Things Together Video

The United States and Canada enjoy the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world. Bilateral trade creates jobs and economic opportunities in both the United States and Canada.

Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement Will Bring to Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade announced that workers and businesses in key industries across Canada stand to greatly benefit from the historic agreement in principle reached on a Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Minister Fast made his remarks during the 82nd annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters in Mississauga.

PwC's Manufacturing Barometer Features Insights on Human Capital

PwC's Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey of US-based executives in large, multinational industrial manufacturing businesses. The survey captures participants' assessments of the direction of the US and world economies and their company's performance and expectations in such areas as revenue growth, margins, inventory, and costs. Other sections explore plans for investment, mergers and acquisitions, and hiring, as well as potential barriers to growth and much more.

2013 Indiana Manufacturing Survey: Manufacturing's Renaissance

The results from the 2013 Indiana Manufacturing Survey: Manufacturing's Renaissance reveal an often unnoticed but growing renaissance is underway in Hoosier (and American) manufacturing.  Nearly 80% of respondents over the last two annual surveys describe their businesses as 'healthy' or 'stable' – a strong rebound from the dismal days of 2009-2010, when nearly half used the term 'challenged' to characterize their operations.

Other key findings reveal:

Webinar: The New & Improved CBP: Transformation, Trusted Traders, CEES, & Role of the Broker

U.S. Customs and Border Protection increasingly relies on its partnerships with the trade community to facilitate lawful commerce while focusing on transactions that pose the greatest security and compliance risks. This leaves many parties asking what the true costs and benefits of partnering with CBP are, what the role of the broker and importer will be, and how CBP’s changes will affect daily business operations.

Council Comments on the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council


The Canadian and U.S. governments invited public views on progress to-date, how best to address regulatory divergence between the two governments, and whether to continue the Regulatory Cooperation Council’s work beyond the sunset date..  The GLMC submitted the following comments to the Federal Register and to the Canadian Gazette.

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