On This PageSeptember 1989, No. 25

"Tell me your industries, and I'll tell you your...fortune," wrote economist Wilbur Thompson in describing regional economics.

Telling Fortunes: Manufacturing and the Great Lakes Region
Last Updated: 08/29/89

For most of the 20th century, the engine that has driven the Great Lakes economy has been manufacturing. Economists predicting the future of the Great Lakes region looked at steel, autos, machinery, and other manufacturing industries.