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.

Recent News:

Export Control Seminar to be held in Detroit - May 13-15

The US Export Controls  Seminar  is a three-day, hands-on workshop designed for all levels of expertise on export control issues.

GE to Build Aircraft Engine Plant in Indiana

GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engines and aircraft systems, announced today that it will break ground this year on a new $100 million jet engine assembly facility in Lafayette, Indiana.  The facility is expected to create up to 200 new jobs over the next six years.

The 225,000 square-foot Lafayette facility will assemble the new LEAP engine from CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of GE and Snecma (Safran) of France. The engine will power new Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and COMAC (China) C919 aircraft for airlines worldwide.

30 Nominated for Great Lakes Manufacturing Council's Talented Workforce Initiative

(for immediate release - please share with your lists)

CBP Gets First Senate-Confirmed Commissioner in Five Years

The U.S. Senate voted March 6 to confirm R. Gil Kerlikowske as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Kerlikowske had been director of national drug control policy since 2009 and has 37 years of law enforcement and drug policy experience, including nine years as chief of police in Seattle, Wash., and five years as police commissioner in Buffalo, N.Y.

Providing a Common Language for Industrial Workforce Education: MSSC Releases 2014 Edition of Industry Skill Standards

Nothing is more important to manufacturers than an abundant, flexible, highly skilled workforce. In the United States, MSSC has been soldiering away on the skills issue for a number of years, and making progress. It is vital that employers emphasize the standards that MSSC develops, and also insist that candidates meet these standards.

Ontario Made: Rethinking Manufacturing in the 21st Century

While manufacturing is going through an enormous global transformation, many industries in Ontario have not kept up.

Great Lakes Manufacturing Council Welcomes Two New Manufacturing Institutes

PRESS RELEASE(for immediate release)

Canada Proposes to Expand eManifest Requirement to Truck and Rail Modes

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is proposing regulatory amendments that would implement a comprehensive advance electronic reporting environment for commercial imports. This proposal represents the third phase of Canada’s Advance Commercial Information program, called eManifest, and includes requirements for electronic pre-arrival information in the highway and rail modes, enhancements to existing processes in the marine and air modes, and provisions that would allow the CBSA to develop administrative monetary penalties for non-compliance with eManifest requirements.

World’s Largest Rocket Contest Launches Next Generation of Aerospace Leaders

More than 700 student teams representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are preparing for the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Truck Cargo Pre-Inspection Pilot on U.S.-Canada Border Moves to Next Phase

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced this week the official launch of phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot program the U.S. and Canada are conducting on their shared border. Phase I, which was recently concluded at the Pacific Highway crossing between Surrey, British Columbia, and Blaine, Wash., determined that placing CBP officers in Canada to pre-inspect southbound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to their arrival into the U.S. is feasible.

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