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.

Harley-Davidson Unveils Electric Motorcycle

Iconic motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is taking the electric vehicle market for a spin.  The Milwaukee-based company on Thursday unveiled its first electric motorcycle. The bike, dubbed Project LiveWire, marks a drastic change for Harley, a brand known for its signature loud and powerful motorcycles.  To read more, click here.

Jason Kenney warns of coming skilled workers gap

A shortage of skilled workers will be one of Canada’s greatest future economic challenges, Employment Minister Jason Kenney recently told a skills summit.  The conference held in Toronto brought together stakeholders to discuss the labour market, employee training and those under-represented in the labour force.  To read more about Kenney's comments, click here.

Ontario's Regional Economic Development and Innovation Newsletter

In this recent issue of Ontario's Regional Economic Develoopment and Innovation Newsletter there were three articles of interest:

Understanding the U.S. National Innovation System

Productivity: by the numbers

There are some interesting perspectives that accompany this chart. Productivity is a fundamental component of economic growth.  As we read it, the productivity number is for the entire economy. We will see if we can surface comparable numbers for the manufacturing sectors.

A Ranking of Ontario Cities according to Manufacturing Job Losses

It’s a well-known fact that manufacturing employment in Canada has been in decline over the past decade-plus.  For a comprehensive look at the trends and the numbers supporting the trends, click here

Best of RAPID 2014

IndustryWeek magazine features the highlights of the RAPID Conference and Expo, held in June at Detroit's Cobo Center.  Over 3,500 3-D printing engineers, enthusiasts, innovators and users gathered at this year's show where 3-D printing broke out of its prototyping namesake to fully embrace hardcore manufacturing.  To see the "Best of RAPID" slideshow, click

Turning Tomatoes into Cars

It might seem that tomatoes and cars have nothing in common. But researchers at Ford Motor Company and H.J. Heinz Company see the possibility of an innovative union.

Innovation is the New Currency of Supply Chains

Products are undergoing change at an ever-faster pace, and suppliers need to be part of the development process.  They also need to look to opportunities beyond their sectors; there is an opportunity for innovation with every component or assembly.  It takes vision, courage, and a devotion to science, and these are lubricated by financing and technology.

U.S. – Canada Trade Is the Cornerstone for Exports

This expert panel focused on the growing opportunities for international trade both within current agreements like NAFTA, and within new trade deals being worked out, including the Comprenensive Economic and Trade agreement (CETA - Canada and the European Union), the Trans-Pacific Partnership  (TPP – U.S. and 11 Pacific rim nations), and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP, U.S. and the European Union).

Talented Workforce Nominees Point the Way for Manufacturers

 Nominees and recipients gathered for a reception and lively interactive dialogue following the presentation of the four awards for the Talented Workforce Initiative.  Themes included:

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