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.

How Manufacturers Can Get Their Fair Share of Talented Women

This week the Manufacturing Institute released Minding the Manufacturing Gender Gap, a gathering of the perspectives of 600 women in manufacturing, along with manufacturing leaders, to understand how manufacturers can effectively recruit retain & advance talented women.  The report examines the critical role women plan in closing the manufacturing skills gap.  To read more, click

Closing the Gender Gap, and with It, the Skills Gap

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 Partnership

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

Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card

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. 

5 Tips for Effectively Implementing New Manufacturing Technology

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.

Indiana - Island of Responsibility?

In a recent article, Tte BBC takes a look at how Indiana fueled its manufacturing revival.  Many credit the state's regulatory and tax structure.  To see more on how different states rank in thier tax policies, check out the 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index.

Tooling U - SME Host Webinar on Closing the Skills Gap and Gaining a Competitive Edge

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-MSSC White Paper: Transforming Career Counseling

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.

Beyond the Border Action Plan Implementation Report

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.

I Don't Want to Go To College (An Open Letter)

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.

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