Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council

Make Great Things.
The Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council was established to promote long-term thinking, education, and collaboration through people and companies that allow us to make great things in northern Michigan. It’s our mission to support a sustainable and globally competitive manufacturing sector for a stronger economy.

Highlighted Events

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to network, learn, and share with other area businesses and manufacturers.

Mfg. Summit | June 7, 2022

Information about the 2022 Summit is coming soon!  Be on the lookout for details!

25th Annual Charity Golf Outing | September 24, 2021

On the last Friday of September, manufacturers across northern Michigan gather to support the Manufacturing Technology Academy (MTA) of Traverse City in our annual Manufacturers Charity Golf Outing. Buy Tickets Here

Manufacturing Day | February 4, 2022

The first Friday of February is Manufacturing Day! The GTAMC is excited for another successful year as we look to bring 850 students into 40 different manufacturing facilities. Thank you for your support!

Making an Impact Across the Region

Value Proposition: A strong manufacturing community benefits the economy of northern Michigan. Innovation is spawned by sharing best practices and ideas. Council initiatives will positively impact company operations and/or profitability. Individual relationships developed through Council membership can provide a valuable network to the benefit of member companies as well as companies of the region.

What’s Up?  Local Manufacturing News

Grand Traverse Area manufacturing news – Read the latest news and information about local manufacturing across northern Michigan.  Learn more about local manufacturing events, education, company news, industry trends and more….

Help Needed! Armor Express is Closing

We are losing a critical player in our economic landscape, Armor Express. Their greatest asset, their employees, need our help and you likely can do that. Let’s hire! For more information on how you can help, contact HR Manager for Armor Express,...

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Featured Member: KATA Engineering Inc


Our Invisible Secret Sauce…

We use an invisible tool to make great things.

We founded KATA Engineering based on our beliefs that goals are accomplished through an invisible choreographed process of problem solving.

This invisible purpose makes us different.  Period.

Our purpose is to survive by continuous improvement and ask for challenges, not to just make production and work around problems.

We don’t hit goals by accident.  We don’t act before we have a target condition.  We first understand the current state deeply, then we create a series of small target condition steps to ultimately achieve goals.

All of this is done through coaching and harnessing the invisible problem solving power of people.


Learn. Network. Grow.

Community Events: Not only does the GTAMC meet regularly to discuss and collaborate on a variety of topics related to manufacturing and business development — but we also partner, sponsor, and promote an assortment of events throughout the area. These meetings and events are a great way to:

  • create new relationships
  • network with peers
  • learn all about the amazing innovation that is taking place throughout northern Michigan

Visit our calendar of events to learn more.


Contact Us

Do you have questions or want to learn more about the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council? Please contact us today. We’re always happy to help!
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