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.

The Cost of a Common Workforce Strategy

To attract and keep skilled workers, manufacturers need to find ways to protect jobs during the inevitable downturns.

Webinar: Trends and Opportunities in the Canadian Aerospace Market

You are invited to join a webinar, "Trends and Opportunities in the Canadian Aerospace Market" on March 31, 2015 and find out more about the opportunities for international research collaboration.  The webinar will provide an update on Canada's dynamic aerospace market and innovation centers and provide information about Montreal's International Aerospace Week (April 25-28, 2016).  The webinar will take place on March 31 at 2:00 PM EST and is free.  To learn more and register, click

NCMS Announces 2016 CTMA Technology Competition

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance (OSD) has issued the 2016 CTMA Technology Competition designed to introduce new technologies to DoD’s maintenance facilities to help sustain materiel readiness at reduced costs.

ManufacturingGPS: Labor Market Intelligence

ManufacturingGPS is a collaborative effort between Canadian manufacturers, post-secondary institutions and industry stakeholders to provide instant access to labor and productivity metrics that are fully customizable and benchmark ready.

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Debunking the Post-Industrial Myth

This article from Industry Week speaks to the prime importance of manufacturing in the U.S., and it applies to Canada.

Update on The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is presenting a webinar progress update on the initiatives of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.  Some of the initiatives are in the Great Lakes states and some of our members, such as Purdue, Ohio State and SME are involved.  For more information on this important presentation, click here

Canadian Manufacturing Outlook 2015

KMPG has announced the results of thier Canadian Manufacturing Outlook survey of over 200 executives.  The survey shows that for the third straight year sales growth is their top strategic priority. The time to invest in growth initiatives, such as expanding to new markets and developing new products, is now.  If Canadian manufacturers don’t act quickly there is a very real risk of losing ground to global competitors.

Why College is not the Only -- or the Best -- Solution to Bridging the Skills Gap

To bridge the nation's skills gap, the Republican presidential hopefuls--and their Democratic counterparts in the United States--must think beyond the promises of providing access to a college education.  This article in IndustryWeek makes the case that not everyone is cut out for college.

Many of the World's Most Innovative Universities Are Found in the Great Lakes

How can we know if an institution is really transforming science and technology and impacting the global economy?  To answer that question, Reuters set out to find and rank the world's top 100 innovative universities empirically, building a methodology that employs 10 different metrics.  This article

Canadian - U.S. Harmonization of Skill Standards and Certifications

The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council applauds the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters on thier agreement to promote mutual recognition of manufacturing skills certifications in the United States and Canada. 

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