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.

Why Does Manufacturing Matter? Which Manufacturing Matters?

Editor's Note: On February 22, the Metropolitan Policy Program hosted a forum exploring the type of manufacturing the nation is most likely to retain and build, as well as a policy framework for strengthening high-wage, export-intensive production in America. You can follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #usmfg.

Introducing the Canadian Manufacturing Network



(Owen Sound / Ottawa, ON) Today Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium of Canada (EMC) and Textiles Human Resources Council (THRC) announced the launch of the Canadian Manufacturing Network:

Chevy Volt Teardown - Timelapse

TROY, Mich. — Ever seen a car come apart really fast? Check out our time-lapse video of the Chevy Volt teardown Drive for Innovation did several weeks ago here.

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:  

Singing the Song of Manufacturing

Capping off the growing awareness of the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy (the Canadians have known it all along), President Obama's State of the Union message began to call for a soft breeze behind the sector's sails.  This New York Times piece summarizes the President's points and draws out some commentary from well-versed people on the economy and manufacturing.

Joyce Foundation Teams with Manufacturing Institute



PRESS RELEASE: Joyce Foundation Teams with Manufacturing Institute to Educate Employers About Industry-Based Certifications That Verify Worker Skills

Initiative will help match employer HR practices to education movement of using industry certifications to develop a technically skills manufacturing workforce

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