GACC Midwest ChamberBrief: October 2013 Issue

Dear Members and Friends,

The arrival of fall in the Midwest brings with it a new season of GACC Midwest events and activities. Along with the Executive Panel on Growth Strategies for German Manufacturing and Production in the US & Anniversary Wine Dinner on November 8, we are pleased to announce the launch of our German American Business Outlook 2014 study.

This annual study of over 1,900 German subsidiary headquarters in the US is a joint project of the GACCs, RGIT, and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and surveys the future growth plans for these German-American businesses as well as their satisfaction with the US as an investment location. We are interested in hearing your company’s view of the current conditions! If you are the US headquarters of a German firm and have not received an email or letter containing the link to this year's study, contact Jasmin Welter today.

Best wishes | Herzliche Grüße,

Your GACC Midwest team


Manufacturing has received a renewed focus in the US, and German companies have great success stories to share!

Join us on November 8 to hear our Executive Panel discuss "Growth Strategies for German Manufacturing for Production in the US." Participating in the panel discussion are:

Following the Executive Panel on Manufacturing, join us at our Anniversary Wine Dinner, our Fall Signature Event.

Featuring 7 unique wines paired with an exquisite 7 course dinner, this year's Anniversary Wine Dinner will allow attendees the opportunity to test their knowledge of GACC Midwest, our member companies, and wine in interactive digital trivia. Guests will also enjoy a spectacular view of Chicago from the 80th floor of the Aon Center at this elegant event.

Registration is now open - Secure your seat today!

German American Water Technology Initiative

International Night Reception @ WEFTEC:

GACC Midwest hosted an International Night Reception on the occasion of WEFTEC 2013. With almost 100 guests attending, the event was a great opportunity to network with some of the top industry experts.

GACC Midwest and GTAI Presentations at the WEFTEC Global Center:

GACC Midwest and Germany Trade & Invest spoke at WEFTEC about the German and US water sectors, innovative German and American water technologies, challenges in the water sector due to climate change, as well as energy efficiency.

GACC Midwest presented on the German American Water Technology Initiative, a platform which was started last year for know-how, technology, and economic exchange among experts in the water sector in the US and Germany. The second edition of the GAWT Magazine was also launched at this event and can be downloaded here.

After the Grand Opening of GACC Midwest’s Michigan Office in September, Dieter Lehnert (Project Manager, Michigan Office) recently spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony of Kern-Liebers USA’s new facility in Farmington Hills, MI, where GACC Midwest's Michigan Chapter was also present.

Upcoming GACC Midwest Events:

In conjunction with the State of Bavaria, GACC Midwest is organizing a Bavarian networking reception on the occasion of the SPI tradeshow. Still need tickets for SPI? Click here for a 15% discount on your show tickets.

Workshop on Small Wind in the US – October 29, 2013

GACC Midwest’s Vice President Mark Tomkins along with several other US expert speakers will present about the American Small Wind market. The workshop is organized by the German Energy Agency and will take place on October 29 in Chicago’s sister city Hamburg, Germany.

GACC Midwest together with The Water Council will host a water expert roundtable about innovative German and American water technologies in Milwaukee, WI on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 8:30am – 12:00pm. Breakfast will be served. Germany is a world leader in advanced water treatment technologies and Milwaukee is a cluster region for companies active in the water sector. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business.This roundtable brings together industry leaders from both sides of the Atlantic and offers an exclusive knowledge and technology exchange in a fruitful expert discussion


More information here:

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Learn more about innovative technologies for installed and next-generation turbines, real-world solutions for grid integration, as well as trends and best practices in the US and German service markets!

Industry leaders from internationally established companies like Acciona, Nordex, and Winergy will share their views on current and future market developments in the US and German wind energy markets.

In addition, GACC Midwest has invited eight German wind companies to present their innovative product solutions for the wind energy industry and to explore partnership opportunities with their American counterparts.

If you are involved in wind energy, this is the right conference for you to attend. Lunch, along with plenty of opportunities for networking, will be provided. Register here.

Share your story and make your success visible to the German-American business community and beyond by publishing an article about your own company’s growth in our Anniversary Book! Take the unique opportunity to be featured in our 50th Anniversary publication.

With our Anniversary Book, you will:

  • Reach a global audience of executives and public officials
  • Use a premier platform to showcase your groundbreaking work
  • Position your company's profile and achievements effectively
  • Show your commitment to the transatlantic business community
  • Make a long-term investment in your company's visibility
  • Increase your brand recognition through a unique channel

Contact Jasmin Welter to learn more about this opportunity!

Partner Events & News:

On behalf of the AmCham Germany and the F.A.Z.-Institut and as a supporting organization, the GACCs would like to invite you to the  conference on “Transatlantic Marketplace: Challenges and Opportunities Beyond 2013." The conference will take place on November 13-14 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany - Contact Jasmin Welter ( to RSVP today!

The German International School Chicago (GISC) celebrated the opening of its new building with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 18. Board members and representatives from  GACC Midwest and the Goethe-Institut were present at the event. Read more.

The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty between France and Germany. As with many cities around the world, a group of organizations in Louisville are partnering to host a two-day celebration to commemorate this historical landmark. The Muhammad Ali Center invites you to for a formal dinner at the Ali Center featuring Consuls General of France and Germany on October 21. More info

Receive all benefits of the highest membership levels of GACC Midwest, GACC New York, and GACC South through our National Partner Program!

Not a GACC Midwest member? Contact Sandy Abraham ((312) 665-0978) today to learn how membership will benefit you and your company!

Membership Fees Are Due!

Have you paid your 2013 membership dues? If not or if you are not sure, please contact Anna Cournoyer.

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are still available for these high-profile events! Download our Sponsorship Form today to learn more.

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NEW German American Water Technology Magazine!

The second edition of our German American Water Technology Magazine is out now! Download the magazine here and secure your free print version at one of our next water events.

Save the Date!

  • Management Team Assistant
  • Technical Specialist for ECM
  • Technical Specialist for Laser Welding
  • Accounting Manager
  • Product Manager - Automation
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Executive Assistant
  • Sales Engineer (Machinery)
  • Service Engineer
  • Sales Manager - Automotive
  • Director of Manufacturing Operations

Contact Justin Flaxbart, Manager, Career Services, or visit our website for more information and internships at GACC Midwest.


TTIP - Benefits for US States:

  • The Bertelsmann Foundation recently released a study on the results of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), revealing the benefits of this trade agreement for all 50 states. Visit GACC Midwest's website to learn more about this study and the ongoing negotiations surrounding TTIP!

New GACC Midwest Michigan Office:

  • GACC Midwest's newly opened Michigan Office was featured in Detroiter Magazine - Read more.

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