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.

2016 Step Ahead Nomonations Are Now Open

Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap. Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50% of the labor force, that number is only about 25% in the manufacturing labor force.

Enterprise Canada Network is One Year Old!

Enterprise Canada Network - ECN will be marking its first year anniversary on September 16, 2015.  Launched in September 2014 by the industry association Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and with the support of Export Development Canada, ECN is an industry led single window interface that seamlessly connects Canadian companies with direct access to over 21,000 international business and technology opportunities, as well as a sui

2015 Canadian Manufacturing Study Needs Your Input

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) and Manufacturing AUTOMATION have launched the 10th annual Canadian Manufacturing Study survey. The results, to be published in Manufacturing AUTOMATION's November/December 2015 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.

Through New Law, Government Collaboration Can Help Close Skills Gap

An editorial from Crain's Detroit Business by Andrea Rush contains a message applicable to all of the Great Lakes states:  the manufacturing sector is in dire need of collaboration to close the skills gap.  To read the editorial, click here.

Top 10 US Supply Chain Schools of 2015

Michigan State University, Penn State University and Ohio State University are in the top ten and Purdue University is ranked eleventh in this recent listing by IndustryWeek.  This shows the strength of the Midwest supply chain and distrubtion, a testament to the strength and vitality of the region's manufacturing sector.  To read more, click

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. 

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