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.

Manufacturing Day Expands in Canada

Look for a significant expansion of Manufacturing Day activities on October 2, including Canada this year.  There's likely one near you, as well as on  line.  Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) is collaborating with the U.S.

2015 NASCO Continental Reunion and the North American Economic Regions' Summit

The North American Stretegy for Competitiveness (NASCO) invites you to the 2015 NASCO Continental Reiunion and accompanying North American Economic Regions' Summit in Windsor, Ontario, from September 28-30, 2015.  The conference will focus on North America's busiest international border crossing and the critical North American trading relationship. 

MFG DAY - October 2, 2015

MFG DAY is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.  Organization and communities throughout North America are invited to host events on this day.  To learn more and search for events in your area, click here.

Government of Canada releases manufacturing sector strategy document

FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear has released the Strengthening Canada's Manufacturing Sector publication, which outlines the Canadian Federal government's national manufacturing strategy  and actions to support and promote the manufacturing sector.

360° Highlighted at National Conference

360° was featured at the American Society for Engineering Education's 122nd Annual Conference & Expo in Seattle in June 2015, though a video profiling thier specialized programs and industry-driven curriculum.  The video includes 360 eTech, the Career Success Skills learning modules, and Dream It. Do It.  Minnesota. 

How Manufacturers Can Get Their Fair Share of Talented Women

This week the Manufacturing Institute released Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap, a gathering of the perspectives of 600 women in manufacturing, along with manufacturing leaders, to understand how manufacturers can effectively recruit retain & advance talented women.  The report examines the critical role women plan in closing the manufacturing skills gap.  To read more, click

Closing the Gender Gap, and with It, the Skills Gap

It's no secret U.S manufacturing needs skilled workers; the Manufacturing Institute predicts a shortage of 2 million by 2025. One of the more obvious ways to fill that gap is by recruiting and retaining more women, who are currently underrepresented in manufacturing. Only 26% of the U.S. manufacturing workforce is female, compared to nearly 50% of the total U.S.

White House Designates an additional 12 Communities to Receive Federal Support for Loan Plans through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced 12 new designated Manufacturing Communities, as part of the second round of the Administration-wide initiative led by the Commerce Department, ‘Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership’ (IMCP) competition.  Four of the 12 projects are located in the Great Lakes region.  To read the announcement, click here

Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card

Conexus Indiana has released the 2015 Manufacturing and Logistics Report which shows how each state ranks among its peers in several area of the economy that underline the success of manufacturing and logistics.  The specific measures include:  manufacturing and logistics industry health, human capital, cost of worker benefits, diversification of the industries, state-level productivity and innovation, expected fiscal liability, tax climate, and global reach. 

5 Tips for Effectively Implementing New Manufacturing Technology

Industry Week features this article on how to create an edge by embracing the culture of experimentation, identifying the areas of greatest need and then leaning on employees with experience to teach others.

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