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.
Canada’s manufacturing sector is the cornerstone of the Canadian economy, according to the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2015 – and this year’s budget backs up the importance of both manufacturing and exporting with a number of important tax and investment measures that will have a very positive impact for the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition's members.
There is little question of the importance of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region to North America's economic output, employment and trade, according to a new report from BMO Economics.
The report, North America's Economic Engine, was released during a keynote address by BMO Chief Economist Doug Porter at the Council of the Great Lakes Region's Great Lakes Economic Forum in Chicago, and projects a positive economic outlook for the region.
Podcast on Best Practices in Manufacturing and University Relationships with Glenn Daehn, OMI Executive DirectorSubmitted by admin on April 23, 2015
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.