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.

Podcast on Best Practices in Manufacturing and University Relationships with Glenn Daehn, OMI Executive Director

Glenn Daehn, Ohio Manufacturing Institute’s executive director and Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at Ohio State, participate in a discussion about lighweighting manufacturing, how faculty can engage industry and what cars should really be made from.  They also provide details about the latest trends in metal forming and lightweighting.

Manufacturing White Papers from Industry Week

Innovation is one of the pillars of the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council and one of the traits that make our region one of the top manufacturing centers in the world.   Occasionally, Industry Week bundles white papers which touch on topics related to Innovation.

In Ohio, Manufacturing is Cool Again

Industry Week features an article detailing the important factors that make Ohio an ideal location for manufacturing:  workforce, supply chain and capitol.  To read more about how Ohio's advantage in manufacturing is making a real difference in economic health, click here

President Obama Visits MAGNET

President Barack Obama visited the offices and workshop of MAGNET:  Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network on Wednesday, March 18.  MAGNET is a member of the GLMC. 

Manufacturing's Wage and Job-Security Problem

IndustryWeek's Patricia Panchak asnwers the question:   what's up with the perception of manufacturing wages?  In a series of slides featuring charts and graphs, Panchak presents evidence that there are two narritives going on in manufacturing.  One portrays manufacturing jobs as challenging, upwardly mobile and high-paying.  The other views them as downwardly mobile and low paying.

Michigan Robotics Day - Appril 9, 2015

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the University of Michigan are co-hosting Michigan Robotics Day on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  You are invited to join the cutting-edge advances made by Michigan robotics' companies and research organizations, hear from leading minds in the field, and see how students are diving into the field at the high school and college levels.  This is a free event open to all ages.  For more informtion, click here.

Experts Agree: The Manufacturing Economy is the Tech Economy

Forget about old economy and new economy. Everything is now part of the tech economy, a prominent U.S. research panel said Monday.  New technologies ranging from cloud computing to data analytics are transforming virtually all industries, including old-economy sectors like manufacturing, said the report by the National Academy of Engineering.

Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work

The National Academy of Engineering released a new report this week based on a new vision for manufacturing and the furure of work in America.  The Academy’s Making Value for America report examines these challenges and opportunities and offers recommendations for collaborative actions between government, industry, and education institutions to help ensure that the U.S. thrives amid global economic changes and remains a leading environment for innovation.

Ford CEO Identifies Three Key Technology Enablers That Will Help Bring Mobility to the World

When Ford President and CEO, Mark Fields, took the stage at the International Consumer Elecronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, he described his vision for how mobility will bring human progress to the world.  To read more about his presentation and the three key technology enablers that Fields identifies, click here


APMA & CAMM — Two Industry Organizations Collaborate to Support Automotive Sector in Canada

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) and the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM) announced that effective January 1, 2015, both organizations have entered into a collaborative working relationship whereby they will share in common industry initiatives such advocacy, events and trade missions.

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