GACC Midwest ChamberBrief: August 2013 Issue

Dear Members and Friends,

Unlike the typical "Sommerloch," GACC Midwest is continuing its busy schedule through August. As the investment climate in the US remains favorable, the opening of our Michigan Office comes at the right time. Also, with 6 of the Top 10 states with the highest percentage of state GDP derived from manufacturing, our member-favorite Anniversary Wine Dinner will appropriately feature a special Executive Panel on Growth Strategies for German Manufacturing in the US. Read more about this intriguing event and our further activities in this month's newsletter below!

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! Enjoy your reading!

Best wishes | Herzliche Grüße,

Your GACC Midwest team


Showcase your Success: GACC Midwest Anniversary Book

Join 50 Years of Excellence and Showcase your Success to a global audience!

The signature publication of GACC Midwest, our Anniversary Book will serve as both review and vision for our successful work in transatlantic relations!

Be part of this premier publication and showcase

  • how you became a leader in your industry
  • your market entry success story 
  • your innovative products and technologies

Gain unique benefits such as:

  • longterm visibility for your products
  • reach to highest level of executives of all industries
  • high-class international exposure of your company

For details, see our Media Kit or contact Jasmin Welter, Manager, PR & Communications, at!

Upcoming Events and Delegations:

Hear about the latest news, developments, and technologies in the field of energy-efficient, sustainable urban planning!

Together with German and local US expert speakers (City of Chicago, Siemens, Chicago Transit Authority, Technical University Braunschweig, and many more), we will be discussing current challenges of urban planning in the context of climate change, re-urbanization, and the resulting need for resource-efficient and sustainable solutions.

Furthermore, eight German companies will give you some insights into their innovative technologies, products, and services. Learn how you can benefit from their technologies and take the opportunity to connect with these companies at this high-class conference funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

For more information, please contact Petra Stieninger, Senior Manager, Government Projects (312) 665-0977,

© Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, design architects of the project: Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill

The Grand Opening reception of our new Michigan Office on September 3 will give you the opportunity to meet some of our consulting team, including Project Manager Dieter Lehnert, as well as business leaders from the German-American community. The primary role of the new office is to provide services including market research, partner identification, providing virtual offices in early stages of market entry, site selection for facilities and other services that have been traditionally supported from our Chicago headquarters. 

Register now! Space is limited!

Date: September 3, 2013, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

One Woodward Avenue, Suite 1900
Detroit, MI 48232

German American Water Technology Magazine 2013/2014

Present your company to leaders in the German and US water sectors! Be a part of the 2013/2014 edition of the German American Water Technology Magazine, GACC Midwest's outstanding international publication focusing on innovative technologies in the water sector and sustainable solutions for municipal infrastructure and water-intensive industries.

Publish an Article and

  • spread the word about your company, your projects, products, and services.
  • reach international stakeholders and global players as well as decision makers and academics in the water technology field.
  • offer your company's unique product portfolio to a dynamic market open for innovative solutions.
  • share your vision about the future of innovative water usage, water management, or water treatment.

Due to the successful launch and heightened demand for our first edition, we will print 1,000 copies this year to be distributed at all our events throughout the U.S. and Germany. In addition, the magazine can be downloaded for free from our website.

Publish an article or place an ad now! Deadline for submission is August 30, 2013.

Download our German American Water Technology Magazine 2012/2013

Quellenangabe: © Patrizia Tilly/Fotolia

Wind Energy Business Delegation – November 4-8

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! With a focus on component suppliers and O&M service companies in the wind industry, this program aims to facilitate business relationships between German wind energy companies and their US counterparts. As part of the program, GACC Midwest and GACC South will conduct a free of charge, individualized business partner search. Participating German companies will meet wind industry leaders and discuss current market developments with policy experts and other decision makers. Participants will also have the opportunity to present their products and services at the German American Wind Energy Business Conference on November 5, 2013, in Chicago.

For more information, please contact Corinna Jess, Manager, Clean Energy Projects: (312) 665-0976,

GACC Midwest at Solar Power International - October 21-24

GACC Midwest is proud to be an Event Partner of Solar Power International (SPI) Conference & Exhibition from October 21-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Through this partnership, GACC Midwest members receive a 15% discount on SPI conference passes and SPI expo-only passes. Please contact Corinna Jess (312-665-0976) for details.

Are you planning to attend SPI? Please meet us on Tuesday morning, October 22, at the Bavarian Pavilion for a presentation about the US Solar market and its business opportunities for German companies. Stay tuned for more information about GACC Midwest’s involvement at SPI! 

What do Riesling and your Business have in Common?

Effective growth strategies are necessary for the success of both! Find our more at our 50th Anniversary member-favorite Wine Dinner, featuring an Executive Panel on  "Growth Strategies for German Manufacturing and Production in the US." 

Learn about insights and perspectives needed to keep your business fruitful for years to come at our panel and taste 7 uniquely picked wines paired with an exquisite 7 course dinner while enjoying a spectacular city view.

Executive Panel: 4:00 - 6:00pm

Wine Dinner: 6:00 - 10:00pm

Single ticket sales for these unique events opens soon!

Whether you are sponsoring the Executive Panel, the Anniversary Wine Dinner or both, select the blend that is right for you and stand out as a leader in your industry.

Get your sponsorship package now - limited availability!

Contact Anna Cournoyer ( for more information!

GACC Midwest is proud to announce the seventh Transatlantic Program - Young Technology Leaders delegation for U.S. students and young professionals with a focus on "Automotive R&D.” TAP-YTL will offer 12 select participants the chance to explore cutting-edge developments and innovations in automobile design and production during an intensive 8-day trip throughout Germany from November 10 - 18, 2013.

The German automotive industry is characterized by strong, high-value technologies and the skillful adaptation of cutting-edge technologies which have proved very successful in the global economy and made Germany a world leader in the automotive market. With their newly introduced “Lust auf Technik” (Passion for Technology) concept, Germany is fully committed to supporting innovation and research. Major OEMs and companies throughout the supply chain play a key role in maintaining Germany's leading position and stay at the forefront of R&D by working closely with research institutions and universities.

For more information, please visit our website or contact James Hollis | Manager, Delegations and Energy Projects |

GACC Midwest on the Road

GACCs launch Partner Support Program with Volkswagen

Justin Flaxbart, GACC Midwest’s Manager of Career Services, visited the Volkswagen facility in Auburn Hills, MI on Tuesday, July 23rd for the official launch of the Partner Support Program (PSP).  The PSP is a new service offering created by the GACCs in close partnership with the Volkswagen Group of America to support the spouses of VW’s international assignees in the areas of job search support, higher education and community engagement. GACC Midwest is currently adapting and expanding this program under the name of Expatriate Services to benefit its local member companies.  Stay tuned for more information!

Knowledge Exchange: Unleash the Potential - Technology and the Global Economy

This month’s Knowledge Exchange focused on technology and its effect on the global economy. In a very engaging presentation, our expert Karl Schamotta, Senior Market Strategist of Western Union Business Solutions and leader in the field, shared his unique perspective for an optimistic future regarding financial markets around the globe. Based on his interpretation of worldwide trends in growth and technological advancement, the audience took away a fresh outlook on the global economy, both present and future. If you are interested in receiving the thought-provoking presentation held by Karl Schamotta, please contact Anna Cournoyer.

On the heels of this successful Knowledge Exchange, we are looking forward to seeing you at next month’s installment of this series. On September 10, our member company Fragomen will focus on critical changes to working visas affecting international and domestic businesses in the US.

New and Improved: GACC Midwest App - Update

  • Push Notifications  

Users can now receive pushed notifications of new events and changes to existing events

  • Event Ratings 

Your opinion counts! Let us know what you thought of our
events through our new 5-star rating system

  • Graphical Improvements 

Including support for viewing photos in landscape mode 

  • Increased Compatibility 

Android app now supports Galaxy Tab II and other previously
incompatible tablet devices

Stay tuned for new sponsorship opportunities and updates!



  • Applications Engineer
  • Executive Assistant
  • Human Resources
  • Associate
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Engineer (Machinery)
  • Service Engineer
  • VP Human Resources

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Justin Flaxbart, Manager, Career Services. For further vacancies and information on internships at GACC Midwest, please visit our Career Services website.

  • Battenberg L.P.
  • Import Logistics Inc.
  • Fibro, Inc.
  • Paul Redling
  • Mueller & Co., LLP
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • HSBC Bank USA
  • SBS Worldwide, Inc.

To learn more about GACC Midwest membership and engagement opportunities for your company, contact Sandy Abraham ( today!

Thank you to our Sponsors!