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.
IndustryWeek's special webinar on October 18 at 2:00 EDT will feature interviews with thought leaders from associations, companies and other manufacturing organizations about the current state of U.S. manufacturing and expectations/predictions for the next two to three years. Discussion will include the challenges to be addressed, as well as policies needed to address them and including actions that manufacturing executives can take to increase their companies' and U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of open positions is the highest in 15 years, with many workers not possessing skills to do today's jobs. To read the full story, click here.
Throughout the world, companies recognize that their success depends on adopting the new digital industrial technologies that are collectively known as Industry 4.0. To assess how quickly this fourth wave of technological advances is gaining momentum, The Boston Consulting Group recently studied the status of adoption in Germany and the US.
Indiana, Ohio and Michigan led the pack of states with quarterly real, inflation adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the fourth quarter of 2015. Indiana led the nation with quarterly GDP growth of 3 percent, followed by Ohio at 2.9 percent. Michigan came in a 2.6 percent. To read more, click here.
A new book looks at how cities like Akron, Ohio and Albany, New York have built on their historic manufacturing strengths to be successful in the modern era. According to the authors, the future looks bright because these “Brainbelts” have what emerging markets don’t: a skilled manufacturing workforce, a well-developed system of research universities and a culture of innovation. To read the article from IndustryWeek, click
U.S. manufacturing has a long and rich history, which sometimes goes unrecognized. Industry Week is featuring a salute to manufacturing longevity with a gallery of manufacturing firms that have been in business for at least 100 years. For many of them, it's been far longer than that. And, it's no surprise that many of these companies are in the Great Lakes region.
Industry Week conducted a survey of 2,500 manufacturing workers that reveals the strategies needed to implement to create a winning workforce culture. The results are featured in a four part series. In Part One, they outline the reasons for undertaking the project, and the valuable insight into workforce issues they are seeing. Part Two
This inaugural Summit has been launched by more than 50 U.S., Canada, and cross-border business associations and stakeholder groups to examine the future of the Canada-U.S. relationship. The event will develop a specific set of action items for the next U.S. Administration, Congress, and the Government of Canada, as well as regional, state, provincial, and local partners.
Parents do not necessarily have the most up-to-date information or perspective on manufacturing and the opportunities available, according to a study released last week by SME, an organization that serves the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce. To learn more, click
BMO Capital Markets, the investment banking subsidiary of Canadian Bank of Montreal, has released a special report on the economic challenges and opportunities for the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence region. The BMO sees the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region as a vital driver of North American economic output, employment and trade, accounting for nearly a third of combined Canadian and U.S.