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 United States and Canada enjoy the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world. Bilateral trade creates jobs and economic opportunities in both the United States and Canada.
Harper Government Highlights Widespread Benefits Historic Canada-EU Trade Agreement Will Bring to CanadaSubmitted by admin on October 28, 2013
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade announced that workers and businesses in key industries across Canada stand to greatly benefit from the historic agreement in principle reached on a Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Minister Fast made his remarks during the 82nd annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters in Mississauga.
PwC's Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey of US-based executives in large, multinational industrial manufacturing businesses. The survey captures participants' assessments of the direction of the US and world economies and their company's performance and expectations in such areas as revenue growth, margins, inventory, and costs. Other sections explore plans for investment, mergers and acquisitions, and hiring, as well as potential barriers to growth and much more.
The results from the 2013 Indiana Manufacturing Survey: Manufacturing's Renaissance reveal an often unnoticed but growing renaissance is underway in Hoosier (and American) manufacturing. Nearly 80% of respondents over the last two annual surveys describe their businesses as 'healthy' or 'stable' – a strong rebound from the dismal days of 2009-2010, when nearly half used the term 'challenged' to characterize their operations.
Other key findings reveal:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection increasingly relies on its partnerships with the trade community to facilitate lawful commerce while focusing on transactions that pose the greatest security and compliance risks. This leaves many parties asking what the true costs and benefits of partnering with CBP are, what the role of the broker and importer will be, and how CBP’s changes will affect daily business operations.
The Canadian and U.S. governments invited public views on progress to-date, how best to address regulatory divergence between the two governments, and whether to continue the Regulatory Cooperation Council’s work beyond the sunset date.. The GLMC submitted the following comments to the Federal Register and to the Canadian Gazette.
Friday, October 4, 2013 is National Manufacturing Day! Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is a national effort to highlight the advancements, opportunities and importance of manufacturing in the U.S.
Detroit, September 12, 2013. The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council has embarked on an ambitious drive to identify the best workforce development and talent recruitment initiatives in the Great Lakes region. The goal of the Council’s far-ranging outreach is to share the best ideas and approaches for resolving a critical workforce shortage issue that threatens nearly all manufacturers and communities in the bi-national Great Lakes economy, the fourth largest economy in the world.
One of the primary reasons we have taken great pains to show intermodal truck/rail facilities in our database is that so much of our region's supply chain future is riding on those wheels. The latest release from American Association of Railroads clearly shows that trend - rail-only as flat-to-down, intermodal rising consistently.
Brookings hosted a Metropolitan Policy Program on Thursday, July 25 to assess the status of the current manufacturing rebound and the case for federal policy support. The morning session was anchored by Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy. His presentation covered the Obama administration’s perspective on U.S. manufacturing and manufacturing’s role in the president’s economic agenda. The speech highlighted the potential for a U.S.