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.
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.
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.
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 PartnershipSubmitted by admin on July 17, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Millennials represent the greatest opportunity — and the greatest challenge — to our workforce needs. Join Tooling U - SME for a free webinar, Embracing Millennials: Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap and Gaining a Competitive Edge, on Thursday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m.
SME and the Manufacturing Skill Standard Council (MSSC) have released a new white paper, “Transforming Career Counseling: Bridging School to Career in the Workforce of the Future,” which provides recommendations on how to best counsel and guide middle school and high school students on career pathway options. The paper determines that enhanced career counseling can help drive economic prosperity and ensure students are not only trained, but also have the appropriate skills to fill gaps across various industries.
In the most recent implementation report, learn how the United States and Canada continue to transform the way we secure and expedite the legitimate flows of goods and people between both countries. Both countries have agreed to a Forward Plan that includes new and enhanced measures intended to deepen and strengthen our partnership.
The Made in Ohio Blog features an open letter to parents that highlights the opportunities and benefits in becoming a "maker." There are a lot of good careers outside the college track...if you have good skills.
Canada says it's the first country with a law that eliminates one regulation for every new measure that's adopted. The One-for-One Rule is designed to ease the burden on businesses. Learn more about this proposal to eliminate red tape by clicking here.