Great Lakes Manufacturing Forum 2008 to Be Held in Cleveland July 9-11

    DETROIT, Feb. 1 /CNW/ -- The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council announced
today that its third annual Great Lakes Manufacturing Forum will be held July
9-11 at the Cleveland Key Center Marriott, in Cleveland, Ohio.
    The Great Lakes Manufacturing Forum brings together manufacturing,
business, academic and government leaders focused on promoting, enhancing and
preserving manufacturing in the Great Lakes Region. Regional leaders from the
eight Great Lakes States as well as the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and
Quebec will gather to discuss the image of the Great Lakes region, innovation
in manufacturing, the workforce and skills needed for manufacturing today and
in the future as well as the borders and logistics requirements needed to
succeed in today's global economy. The forum will be opened by Cleveland Mayor
Frank Jackson.
    "We are pleased the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council has chosen Ohio as
the site of this year's forum," said Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, who also serves
as Director of the Ohio Department of Development. "The Great Lakes region has
been a cornerstone of manufacturing and innovation for more than a century,
providing jobs, new technologies, and robust businesses. This forum is a
collaborative effort to help our region maintain that strength and make Great
Lakes manufacturing the benchmark of the world."
    Speakers include notables such as Jayson Myers of the Canadian
Manufacturers and Exporters, John Austin of the Brookings Institution, Ned
Hill of Cleveland State University, and William Testa of the Federal Reserve
Bank of Chicago.
    "Working collaboratively is the key to ensure we all thrive in the
current global economy," said Ed Wolking, president of the Great Lakes
Manufacturing Council and executive vice president of the Detroit Regional
Chamber. "It is our responsibility as business and governmental leaders to
enhance the image of the Great Lakes region and to celebrate and promote our
manufacturing strength to guarantee the region's future prosperity."
    Some of the Partners in this event include:
    -- Society of Manufacturing Engineers
    -- Chambers of Commerce of Chicago, Detroit and Toledo
    -- Province of Ontario
    -- Pittsburgh Technology Council
    -- Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
    -- Conexus Indiana
    -- Purdue University
    -- And many more.
    About the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council
    The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council is a long-term relationship and
collaboration of regional leaders from the eight Great Lakes States and the
Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Quebec committed to the growth of
manufacturing and the Great Lakes region. Its goal is to support a more
competitive manufacturing base by promoting greater intra-regional
communication and collaboration, best practices sharing and application and
positive imagery that will attract, retain and grow business.
    For additional information about the event go to or call 866.615.2182.
    Contact: Martha Welsh (734.646.5372) or
    Maura Campbell (866.615.2182)

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For further information: Martha Welsh, +1-734-646-5372, or Maura
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