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Great Lakes Manufacturing


The Great Lakes Region is a strong manufacturing marketplace. One-fifth of U.S. manufacturing and one-half of Canadian manufacturing are based here. In fact, the Detroit/Windsor border is the busiest and most valuable land transportation gateway in North America.

The Great Lakes region boasts the world’s 4th largest economy, with a combined GDP of $4.7 trillion among the eight U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) and two Canadian provinces (Ontario and Quebec).

The Great Lakes Region is home to diverse industries:

  • Automotive
  • Consumer Products
  • Medical
  • Process Industries
  • Energy
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Aerospace
  • Transportation

The region is a key international trade center and is home to more than 85,000 world-class manufacturers, including:

  • Bombardier
  • Kellogg Company
  • Caterpillar
  • Magna International
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Masco Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Steelcase
  • General Dynamics
  • Stryker Corporation
  • General Electric
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • John Deere


THE BIG M brings together companies, innovators, and technologies from across the Great Lakes region to do business on a global scale and connect every level of the manufacturing supply chain.

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