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What's New
Marquette, A.O. Smith collaborate on water technology study
Milwuakee Journal Sentinel (9/27)
Innovation in water engineering, sensors and data-gathering will be a crucial competitive advantage for manufacturing-driven economies such as Milwaukee.

Mining opponents seek greater oversight of PolyMet’s plans
Pioneer Press (8/23)
Duluth residents critical of the proposed PolyMet copper mine are asking the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to call in an administrative law judge to oversee independent hearings on the company’s application for a mining permit.

Great Lakes steel production fell by 24,000 tons
The Northwest Indiana Times (8/23)
Raw steel production in the Great Lakes region dropped by 3.55 percent to 651,000 tons last week.

Stelco: New bid tabled for steelmaker
The Hamilton Spectactor (8/9)
An offshoot of an Indian steel giant has tabled a new offer for Stelco. Ontario Steel Investments Limited announced it has submitted a formal binding offer for the purchase of U.S. Steel Canada.

Venture into a surreal salt mine 2,000 feet below Lake Erie
Wired (5/3)
A photographer ventures into a salt mine 2,000 feet below Lake Erie.

Michigan company looks to halve offshore wind costs
Great Lakes Echo (3/14)
Taking its company name from a magic spell in the Harry Potter series, Michigan-based Accio Energy is developing new offshore wind systems that are “summoning energy out of the air.”

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Overview
Half of Canadian manufacturing and one-fifth of U.S. manufacturing are based on the region's freshwater coast. The binational region accounts for about 60 percent of steel production in North America. Automotive parts manufacturing and assembly is predominant in Great Lakes urban areas such as Detroit, Mich.; and Toronto, Ontario. Pulp and paper plants, high tech and chemical industries, and other light manufacturing contribute to the region's strong economy.

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General Resources
Advancing Manufacturing Competitiveness
Northeast-Midwest Institute
This 1995 resource profiles, for the first-time, the most important and useful federal programs available to small- and mid-sized manufacturers.

National Center for Industrial Competitiveness
NCIC helps technology based companies in Ohio and the Great Lakes region by providing financial, technical and management support.

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Assistance
Indiana's Small Manufacturer Assistance Program
Purdue University
Indiana's Small Manufacturer Assistance Program (SMAP) is a nonregulatory program that provides free, confidential technical assistance.

Technical Assistance Program
Purdue University
This program makes the vast resources of Purdue readily available to Indiana business, industry and government to help them implement new technologies for the economic benefit of clients and the state.

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Sustainable Practices
Center for Neighborhood Technology
This Illinois-based center fosters sustainable economic development and job creation through pollution prevention, materials reuse/recycling, environmental restoration and community empowerment.

DaimlerChrysler - Environmental
DaimlerChrysler Corporation
Chrysler's measures for protecting the environment.

Ford Motor Company - Environment
Ford Motor Company
Ford's environmental policies and programs.

Great Lakes Recycle
Council of Great Lakes Governors
Using state purchasing power to encourage recycled product markets.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Economic Development
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Manufacturing
GLIN: Business Assistance in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Manufacturing Technology in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region
SIC Code Index (Exit GLIN)

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