Great Lakes Manufacturing Council Welcomes the Province of Quebec as Newest Member

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Quebec Joins Ontario as a Member of Bi-national Organization that Supports Manufacturing

Today the Province of Quebec joined the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council. This expands the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council to encompass ten vital provinces and states including Quebec, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"We welcome Québec to the Council recognizing both its vital geographic and economic role in the Great Lakes Region, which is the world's third largest economy," said Edward Wolking, GLMC president and an Executive Vice President of the Detroit Regional Chamber. "Working ever more closely with Québec makes sense on many levels -- Québec is the home of many innovative manufacturing firms and its largest trading partner is the United States with a majority of that trade coming from the Great Lakes Region."

Speaking about the important relationship between Québec and the United States, Québec's Premier Jean Charest noted that after 15 years of free trade, more than one-third of its GDP is directly attributable to trade with the United States.

"In my view, it is vital for us to continue working toward increasing trade and strengthen cooperation while at the same time ensuring that North America remains competitive as an economic space. A struggling manufacturing sector has repercussions for the entire economy. The manufacturing sector is the main driver of Québec exports," said Charest.

Québec manufacturing is particularly competitive in the aerospace, agrifood, biotechnology, and environment industry design and transportation sectors:

  •     Québec's aerospace industry ranks fifth in the world with more than 42,000 employees and $12 billion in sales in 2007. It is home to several world-class principal contractors and equipment manufacturers.
  •     Québec's agrifood sector has become a leading-edge industry. Food processing represents 13 percent of all jobs in the manufacturing sector.
  •     Québec's biotechnology sector including biopharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and natural health products has grown dramatically during the last ten years. Some 380 companies employing more than 24,500 people comprise this sector.
  •     Québec is a leader when it comes to creating products and services to help prevent or reduce environmental risks, minimize air, soil and water pollution, and save resources. Its growing environment industry design community proposes ways to solve problems connected to waste disposal, ecosystems and climate change.
  •     Québec is also home to a relatively new, but thriving, transportation equipment manufacturing industry that includes Bombardier a world leader in passenger rail transportation. With nearly 35 000 employees, it is one of the largest industrial sectors in Québec.

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 greatlakesmanufacturing.org or call 866.615.2182

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