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.

Our Members

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.

MSSC Announces Open Application Season for National Experts Panels

With authorized assessment sites in 44 states, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council MSSC is the premier national certifying body for frontline manufacturing and logistics work and is in a key position to

Joint Forward Plan Released by Regulatory Cooperation Council

The Harper Government and the Obama Administration recently released the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Forward Plan (Forward Plan).  The

9th Annual Canadian Manufacturing Study

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) and Manufacturing AUTOMATION have launched the 9th annual Canadian Manufacturing Study survey. The results, to be published in Manufacturing AUTOMATION's October 2014 issue, will provide detailed insights into the manufacturing strategies, methods and technologies in use in Canada, and give readers the opportunity to compare their facility to others across Canada.

RailTEC's New Research Center Unique to North America

Rail safety and innovation has been given an even greater emphasis at the federal level these days.

Third-Annual Manufacturing Day - Friday, October 3, 2014

More than 1,500 manufacturing events across the country are estimated to mark the third-annual Manufacturing Day taking place Friday, Oct. 3, according to event co-producers. Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation. The 2013 celebration included 831 official events.

THE BIG M Plans Return in 2015

Mark you calendars!  After a successful conference this year, planning is underway for THE BIG M's return in 2015.  The event will take place June 2-4 at Cobo Center in Detroit.  You can stay up-to-date with the event by visiting

Making the Case for North American Freight Corridors

Stephen Blank lays out the reasons why both Washington and Ottawa need new initiatives to address infrastructures that are both inadequate to serve huge volumes of traffic within the continent and uncompetitive relative to the rest of the world. To read his commentary features in the Canadian International Council's website, click here.

OAI Announces DoD Proposal Preparation Essentials Seminar

The Ohio Aerospace Institute will be conducting a training seminar focused on Department of Defense (DoD) proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. DoD's SBIR/STTR budget exceeds $1.4 billion will pre-release proposal topics for the next solicitation on August 21, 2014. Proposals will be due by October 22. This seminar is intended for those seeking a better understanding of the program basics and those contemplating an SBIR/STTR proposal submission.

Vice President Biden Releases Job Training Report

In his 2014 State of the Union address, the President tasked Vice President Biden with leading a review of federal employment and training programs, with the aim of making them more job-driven. That review is complete, and now that the White House has identified what is working across the United States, the aim is to multiply those shining examples.

A New Breed of Apprenticeship Programs: Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²®) Program

The State of Michigan sponsors the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²®) Program, which is based in part on learning from the vaunted German apprenticeship system.  To learn more about this valuable program, click here.  The Council is interested in highlighting initiatives like this one and we invite you to share with us information on similar programs in your area.

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