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The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center has over 30 years of experience helping small manufacturers that have been hurt by imports improve their competitiveness.

GLTAAC is part of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan. It manages the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program for companies located in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

TAAF (Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms) is the only federal program specifically designed to help companies that have been negatively impacted by imports. GLTAAC is funded by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Regional centers across the nation manage the program.

Machinists and toolmakers use precision machinery to make experimental engine parts, Cleveland, Ohio 1946.  Photo credit: NASA

Machinists and toolmakers use precision machinery to make experimental engine parts, Cleveland, Ohio 1946.
Photo credit: NASA

History of Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms

The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program (TAAF) was created in 1974. It has long been an integral part of our nation’s trade policy. By helping small companies that have been negatively impacted by direct foreign competition improve their global competitiveness, it addresses the downside of free trade without the use of tarriffs, duties or other trade barriers.   The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) was established in 1983 to better serve import-injured firms in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. It has been located at the University of Michigan since its founding.

 

The objectives of GLTAAC are to:

  • Immediately strengthen a firm’s competitiveness through practical assistance via planning and analysis, and
  • Enhance long-term opportunities for business growth and employment through management and technical assistance.