ChamberBrief 2017: April Edition


Dear Members and Friends,

April brought a big change to GACC Midwest's leadership: We congratulate Dr. Walter Maisel, President & CEO of KOSTAL North America, on being elected Chairman of the GACC Midwest Board of Directors. Dr. Maisel is taking over the office from longstanding chairman W. David Braun, and we look forward to his leadership as the Chamber continues to grow. Read the press release on the election

At the same time, we have to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Peter Merlin, Founding Chairman of GACC Midwest, who passed away at the age of 88. At our Annual Member Meeting, many of us came together to connect and commemorate, and we thank our members and leaders past and present for their dedication to the chamber. It is through each of your engagements with our mission that GACC Midwest is moving forward steadily with and for you. Read more about our initiatives for SMEs, skilled workforce development and various industries below.

Your GACC Midwest Team


4 Ways to Successfully Grow Your SME

Executives from German and American companies shared their strategies for growth and innovation at the Midwest SME Forum. Some of the top learnings included:

  • Creating environments that foster innovation through partnering with startups and universities
  • Retaining employees through work-life-balance programs and clear career paths
  • Weighing the pros and cons of asset versus stock deals in M&A processes
  • Adapting marketing content provided by global headquarters for the respective target markets

See photos and impressions from the event.

Did you miss the SME Forum this year? We offer networking opportunities year-round, such as our Business Luncheons and European Business Networking. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Germany Commemorates Cluster Week

Cluster Week takes place April 20 - 28 and aims to present the diversity and strength of the German cluster landscape. The main focus is on the importance of research and innovation in clusters and their impact on the regional economy and on Germany as a whole.

GACC Midwest's Transatlantic Cluster Initiative offers you the opportunity to get involved in various industry clusters. Our next study trip to Germany on lightweighting technologies and materials is coming up in June. Register today and learn about key topics, such as materials performance, joining technologies, and recyclability. 


Finding Talent Made Easy

Hiring processes in the US and Germany differ immensely. sitronic GmbH & Co. KG, a German producer of automotive electronics and sensors, needed to hire their first employee in the US. Our Career Services team assisted them in finding the right Business Development Manager. See how we helped them grow their business.


ICATT: Expansion is Gaining Speed

In the 2 years since its inception, dual apprenticeship program ICATT has spread to 3 states and is growing at an exponential rate. Most recently our first Indiana-based company joined the program.

Read the new AHK USA Skills Newsletter for more info on all things skills across the US.


Michigan Office Welcomes Stefan Noeth

Due to strong investment by German-American firms, Michigan is a central region for GACC Midwest. Stefan Noeth is supporting GACC Midwest as the new Project Manager for our Michigan office, focusing on the automotive industry. Before joining GACC Midwest, Stefan held a number of positions at Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG and gained experience at Daimler AG and EDAG GmbH. Contact him to explore ways he can support your expansion in the automotive industry.

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