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.

Update on The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is presenting a webinar progress update on the initiatives of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.  Some of the initiatives are in the Great Lakes states and some of our members, such as Purdue, Ohio State and SME are involved.  For more information on this important presentation, click here

Canadiam Manufacturing Outlook 2015

KMPG has announced the results of thier Canadian Manufacturing Outlook survey of over 200 executives.  The survey shows that for the third straight year sales growth is their top strategic priority. The time to invest in growth initiatives, such as expanding to new markets and developing new products, is now.  If Canadian manufacturers don’t act quickly there is a very real risk of losing ground to global competitors.

Why College is not the Only -- or the Best -- Solution to Bridging the Skills Gap

To bridge the nation's skills gap, the Republican presidential hopefuls--and their Democratic counterparts in the United States--must think beyond the promises of providing access to a college education.  This article in IndustryWeek makes the case that not everyone is cut out for college.

Many of the World's Most Innovative Universities Are Found in the Great Lakes

How can we know if an institution is really transforming science and technology and impacting the global economy?  To answer that question, Reuters set out to find and rank the world's top 100 innovative universities empirically, building a methodology that employs 10 different metrics.  This article

Canadian - U.S. Harmonization of Skill Standards and Certifications

The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council applauds the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters on thier agreement to promote mutual recognition of manufacturing skills certifications in the United States and Canada. 

2016 Step Ahead Nomonations Are Now Open

Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap. Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50% of the labor force, that number is only about 25% in the manufacturing labor force.

Enterprise Canada Network is One Year Old!

Enterprise Canada Network - ECN will be marking its first year anniversary on September 16, 2015.  Launched in September 2014 by the industry association Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and with the support of Export Development Canada, ECN is an industry led single window interface that seamlessly connects Canadian companies with direct access to over 21,000 international business and technology opportunities, as well as a sui

2015 Canadian Manufacturing Study Needs Your Input

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) and Manufacturing AUTOMATION have launched the 10th annual Canadian Manufacturing Study survey. The results, to be published in Manufacturing AUTOMATION's November/December 2015 issue, will provide detailed insights into the manufacturing strategies, methods and technologies in use in Canada, and give readers the opportunity to compare their facility to others across Canada.

Through New Law, Government Collaboration Can Help Close Skills Gap

An editorial from Crain's Detroit Business by Andrea Rush contains a message applicable to all of the Great Lakes states:  the manufacturing sector is in dire need of collaboration to close the skills gap.  To read the editorial, click here.

Top 10 US Supply Chain Schools of 2015

Michigan State University, Penn State University and Ohio State University are in the top ten and Purdue University is ranked eleventh in this recent listing by IndustryWeek.  This shows the strength of the Midwest supply chain and distrubtion, a testament to the strength and vitality of the region's manufacturing sector.  To read more, click

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