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.

Happy Manufacturing Day!

Friday, October 4, 2013 is National Manufacturing Day! Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is a national effort to highlight the advancements, opportunities and importance of manufacturing in the U.S. 

To Solve Workforce Shortages, Council Unveils Talented Workforce Initiative

Detroit, September 12, 2013. The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council has embarked on an ambitious drive to identify the best workforce development and talent recruitment initiatives in the Great Lakes region. The goal of the Council’s far-ranging outreach is to share the best ideas and approaches for resolving a critical workforce shortage issue that threatens nearly all manufacturers and communities in the bi-national Great Lakes economy, the fourth largest economy in the world.

Intermodal Continues to Power Supply Chain Advance

One of the primary reasons we have taken great pains to show intermodal truck/rail facilities in our database is that so much of our region's supply chain future is riding on those wheels.  The latest release from American Association of Railroads clearly shows that trend - rail-only as flat-to-down, intermodal rising consistently.

Brookings Hosts Forum on Manufacturing U.S. Prosperity

Brookings hosted a Metropolitan Policy Program on Thursday, July 25 to assess the status of the current manufacturing rebound and the case for federal policy support.  The morning session was anchored by Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy.  His presentation covered the Obama administration’s perspective on U.S. manufacturing and manufacturing’s role in the president’s economic agenda. The speech highlighted the potential for a U.S.

Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Dialogue Sessions

On June 20 in Washington, D.C., the Canada Institute hosted the second stakeholder event for the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), the first having taken place in January 2012.  The session was attended by more than 250 Canadian and American stakeholders and government officials.  The GLMC was represented by Ed Wolking Jr. of the Detroit Regional Chamber and Craig Turner of the Greater Niagara Partnership. 

Government Procurement Webinar: Understanding Buy American Requirements and the Berry Amendment

While the U.S. government generally is required to purchase goods of U.S. origin, foreign products may compete in the bidding process according to different modifications, exceptions and international trade agreement commitments. 

Ontario Government Scraps the Repeal of the Industrial Exemption

We are pleased to report that the efforts of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and their many partners aimed at having the Ontario Government scrap its repeal of the Industrial Exception have been successful.  The Cabinet voted to retain the Industrial Exception which had been set to expire September 1, 2013. 

Council's Descriptor Goes Viral

One of the interesting facets about the Council of Great Lakes Governors summit on Mackinac Island from May 31 through June 2 is the number of times speakers referred to our region as the world's fourth largest economy.  This important branding moniker originated with the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council, and the Council is getting great traction with the brand's spread throughout the region.  It is surfacing in many venues and many organizations.

Council of Great Lakes Governors meets on Mackinac Island

For the first time since they inked the Great Lakes Compact in 2005, the governors of the Council of Great Lakes Governors held a summit on Mackinac Island the weekend of May 31 - June 2.  36 Significantly, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and  senior members of the Quebec premier's team also participated.  Ed Wolking, Jr. represented the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council at the invitation-only event, which was attended by other Great Lakes groups - another first for  these summits.

Video Features Young People Finding High Paying Jobs in Manufacturing

NBC’s Today show correspondent Craig Melvin showcases young people in Massachusetts who have opted against four-year college study in favor of pursuing skilled work in CNC machining.

Syndicate content