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.
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 StandardsSubmitted by admin on March 7, 2014
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.
While manufacturing is going through an enormous global transformation, many industries in Ontario have not kept up.
PRESS RELEASE(for immediate release)
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.
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).
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.
We have learned that President Obama will announce Tuesday two new manufacturing innovation institutes located in our region. This news reaffirms the vital role that Great Lakes manufacturing plays in the North American economy.
Following their annual summit Feb. 19, the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico issued a joint statement on how the three NAFTA partners plan to work together on a variety of topics, including trade and economic competitiveness.
Expansion Solutions Magazine highlights the manufacturing renaissance taking place in Southwestern Ontario, including the Town of Tillsonburg. Recent reports suggest that manufacturing employment in the region has rebounded by nearly 10% since the recession.