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05.16.17 - Memorial Health System and ILPEx to host Discovering Excellence in Central Illinois May 23rd

The ILPEx Recognition Program will partner with Memorial Health System in Springfield to introduce performance excellence to area businesses and demonstrate the benefits of pursuing organizational excellence using the Baldrige Framework from the perspective of business leaders, their workforce, and the community.
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04.24.17 - Strengthening Local Manufacturing Through a Customized Approach

Partnering for Success - McHenry County Workforce Network
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04.20.17 - Six Illinois organizations honored as recipients of the 2016 ILPEx Awards

Hosted at the 22nd annual award ceremony and recognition dinner, the recipients were acknowledged as the newest members of a Class of Distinction.
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03.23.17 - MEP Program Shows Nearly 9 to 1 Return to the Federal Treasury

A recent study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute found the NIST-MEP Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of nearly 9:1 for the $130 million annually invested by the federal government.
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01.31.17 - First Tri-State Manufacturing Conference to Help Companies Expand in New Era

IMEC, regional partners seek to strengthen local manufacturing in all areas of leadership, workforce, growth and innovation, supply chain, and more.
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12.15.16 - IMEC Announces Six Recipients of the 2016 ILPEx Recognition Program's Awards for Excellence

The high performing organizations were evaluated against the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence by the ILPEx Board of Examiners as part of the annual application process and will be honored at the formal award ceremony on March 30, 2017.
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12.08.16 - IMEC Awarded $4 Million America's Promise Grant to Fund Regional Job Training Partnerships

IMEC is one of 23 regional workforce partnerships nationally to receive the funding. The America’s Promise grants are designed to accelerate the development and expansion of regional workforce partnerships committed to providing a pipeline of skilled workers in specific sectors.
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09.22.16 - IMEC, DMDII Awarded $1.2 Million to Fund Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiative

IMEC, Purdue MEP, and DMDII were awarded $1.2 million by U.S. Department of Commerce NIST-MEP to address manufacturing priorities in digital technologies.
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09.15.16 - Southern Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day Announced

The SIOSH Day conference will be held on October 27, 2016. The annual event strives to provide expert occupational safety and health management resources at an accessible cost for employers of all sizes and industries.
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05.24.16 - Chicago Metro Metal Consortium and IMEC announce Manufacturing Matchmaking event

Industrial matching event connects manufacturing suppliers and end users in the Chicago region
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04.13.16 - Illinois Performance Excellence welcomes new Executive Director

Effective April 18, 2016, Ben Krupowicz will lead Illinois Performance Excellence as the new Executive Director.
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04.13.16 - IMEC, Madison County partner for E3 awareness initiative

On May 5th, the partners will host an introductory seminar for E3, a cost savings approach to environmental improvements.
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03.10.16 - Illinois Performance Excellence announces Quest for Success Conference 2016

Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) is pleased to present the 2016 Quest for Success Conference on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Oak Brook, Illinois. This one-day event focuses on organizational excellence, and the best practices in leadership, strategic planning, customer service, and overall data and process management needed to achieve quality.
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02.02.16 - Sugar Grove matchmaking event helping manufacturer’s source business locally

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) has announced the third date in the series of “Manufacturing Matchmaking” events for Chicagoland manufacturers to increase sales opportunities for firms in primary metals, metal fabricating, metal working and machinery industries.
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01.14.16 - Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Hosts Successful Third Annual Economic Summit

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos hosted the Third Annual Economic Summit at Augustana College, building upon roundtables she hosted earlier this year with manufacturers in Rockford, Peoria, and the Quad-Cities.
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01.07.16 - Durbin Announces $25 Million in Federal Funding to Support Illinois Manufacturing

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $25 million grant to the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) to help local manufacturers grow and compete.
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12.16.15 - Leaders Radogno and Durkin engage local companies at IMEC Manufacturing Round Table

On Tuesday, December 15th, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin visited Fusion OEM located at 6951 High Grove Blvd, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. The legislators participated in a manufacturing round table meeting with several local manufacturing leaders from their districts and around the region.
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12.14.15 - Illinois Performance Excellence announces four recipients of its 2015 Awards for Excellence

Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) today announced that four organizations were selected by its panel of judges as the 2015 recipients of the ILPEx Awards for Excellence.
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11.23.15 - "Speed Dating" Type Event Connects QC Manufacturers and Businesses

On Thursday, November 12th, 2015, the 2015 Manufacturing Matchmaking event took place at the iWireless Center in Moline.
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10.19.15 - Manufacturing Suppliers Seek New Business Partnerships at November 12 Quad Cities Matchmaking Forum

Industrial matchmaking events focus on developing manufacturing supply chains in the region
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09.29.15 - Cook County Celebrates National Manufacturing Day

Industry-focused consortium to host tours and expo for students
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08.21.15 - Learn How to Transition a Business to the Next Generation

September 15th Seminar in East Alton will help business owners explore paths forward when planning their business transition of ownership.
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08.20.15 - Regional study reveals major challenges and opportunities for food and beverage manufacturers

Business leadership creating cluster initiative to make Chicagoland global hub of food manufacturing
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07.08.15 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce announces twelve new IMCP designations

IMEC part of the Central Illinois team leading the Greater Peoria area award for Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).
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06.29.15 - Manufacturing Matchmaking to spur local industrial supply chain connections

IMEC, SIUE ENGTEC and local partners host first supplier forum in the Metro East
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04.13.15 - Manufacturing Matchmaking series leveraging key industries, partners in southwestern Chicagoland

IMEC-led industrial matching events connecting manufacturing suppliers and end users
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03.19.15 - Illinois Performance Excellence announces six recipients of its 2014 Awards for Excellence

The Recognition Ceremony provides an opportunity to showcase the benefits of implementing the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence through the stories of the award recipients.
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03.09.15 - The Genesis Movement Launched to Strengthen Illinois Manufacturing

IMEC and Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance launch manufacturing movement to increase global competitiveness.
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02.11.15 - Madison County's association with IMEC to benefit area Manufacturers

IMEC to utilize space at Madison County Community Development
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10.16.14 - Chicago Metro Metal Consortium and IMEC announce Manufacturing Matchmaking events

Industrial matching events will connect manufacturing suppliers and end users in the Chicago region.
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09.08.14 - New Online Tool Released for Gauging Vitality of Manufacturers' Supply Chain

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Optimization program recently released an online, interactive quiz providing a quick glimpse into a manufacturer's vitality.
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07.31.14 - McHenry Manufacturers Try A New Way to Hire: Skills Fairs

Rather than a traditional hiring fair, the IMEC and McHenry County hosted Skills Fair will put local plastics manufacturers face-to-face with job seekers to demonstrate their job skills.
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07.17.14 - IMEC, VIA to host Manufacturing Matchmaking event in Northern Illinois

The September 23rd event in Naperville, IL will provide manufacturers the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings to find potential new customers or suppliers.
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05.31.14 - Next Generation Manufacturing Assessment Tool Unveiled

IMEC supports manufacturing benchmarking through open-access web portal
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05.30.14 - Chicago Metro Region Designated One of 12 "Manufacturing Communities"

IMEC proud to be part of the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium supporting the IMCP initiative.
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04.24.14 - Cybersecurity Framework introduced to Illinois-based companies at IMEC, NIU-hosted seminar

Dozens of companies representing business and industry were in attendance to learn about the framework and implementation plans from the White House and NIST
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04.09.14 - White House Director of Cybersecurity to speak at IMEC Framework Implementation Seminar on April 18

Learn how to protect your business and interests from imminent cyber-attacks that could have catastrophic impacts on both micro and macro levels.
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04.08.14 - Carthage Community Development to Host Business Succession and Transition Planning Workshop

The workshop is held in conjunction with the Illinois Cooperative Development Center.
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04.04.14 - IMEC Prepares for First Annual Manufacturing Matchmaking Conference

Manufacturing firms from across the state of Illinois scheduled to attend
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03.13.14 - Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study Reveals Opportunities for Illinois Manufacturers

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), on behalf of the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC) and the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI), recently released the full results of its 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing
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03.12.14 - White House and Industry Experts to Speak at Cybersecurity Framework Seminar on April 18

Seminar designed to inform manufacturing leaders and industry professionals on the importance of cybersecurity
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02.26.14 - Kaskaskia College to Host Energy Efficiency Workshop

Manufacturing improvement workshop to focus on energy reduction and enhanced productivity
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02.04.14 - IMEC Announces Results of Made in Chicago Logo Contest

New brand logo identifies the strength of manufacturing and industry in the city
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01.21.14 - Made in Chicago Program Launched to serve Manufacturers and Designers in Chicagoland

Launch event to highlight new web portal for sourcing assistance, promote Buy Local initiative
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12.18.13 - IMEC’s first Manufacturing Matchmaking event gaining momentum, support

More than fifty manufacturing firms confirm participation seeking new opportunities
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11.27.13 - IMEC to host inaugural Manufacturing Matchmaking event in February

One-on-one meetings for manufacturers to meet potential customers or suppliers
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10.16.13 - ECIDC to host Manufacturing Roundtable to Address Workforce Skills Gap

Workforce coalition, manufacturing and community partners will focus on industrial trades careers and partnership effectiveness.
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10.04.13 - Next Generation Manufacturing Study Reveals Opportunities For U.S Manufacturers to Excel

NGM study finds a large execution gap between the importance of an NGM strategy and the execution of that strategy in a manufacturing environment.
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09.30.13 - U.S. Manufacturers Turn to NIST-MEP for Supply Chain Optimization

Comprehensive program helps manufacturers create a competitive advantage
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08.30.13 - IMEC and Partners Raising Awareness for October's National Manufacturing Day/Month Initiative

Assistance provided to manufacturers and regional groups interested in hosting events
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08.27.13 - Next Generation Manufacturing Study to Close August 29

IMEC encouraging manufacturers across Illinois to take part in the online survey to help assess current and future trends in manufacturing
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07.29.13 - Next Generation Manufacturing Assessment for Illinois Manufacturers Begins August 8th

IMEC is providing small and medium sized manufacturers an opportunity to compare themselves to similar manufacturers in key strategic areas by participating in the 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study.
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07.24.13 - Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance Awards First Grant to IMEC and ManufacturingWorks

Partnership direct result of Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs; Brings process improvement together with workforce development
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05.21.13 - IMEC and CSCMP Partner for Manufacturing Leadership Outreach

Lean Leadership Workshop to Drive Continuous Improvement Management Techniques
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04.18.13 - Manufacturing Networking Breakfast to focus on Next Generation Trends and IMEC Impacts

CAIC and IMEC to introduce partnership on April 25
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04.05.13 - IMEC and College of DuPage Business Solutions host Transition Planning seminar for manufacturers

Family and closely-held businesses identify key issues facing leadership
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03.26.13 - Manufacturing procurement opportunities available via IMEC's 'Buy America' resource site

Illinois manufacturers search and connect with current supplier scouting needs through online information and news sign-up
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03.07.13 - Selsius Event Highlights Statewide Manufacturing Trends

Selsius Corporate and Career Training, the business and industry center for Southwestern Illinois College, will host an executive briefing examining the state of manufacturing in Illinois.
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02.16.13 - Second Annual National Manufacturing Day Slated for October 4, 2013

Factory tours urged to raise awareness of skilled career options
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02.05.13 - IMEC to host Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Series for Manufacturers in Central Illinois

IMEC and Heartland Community College are launching a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training series on March 15th.
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01.18.13 - IMEC Supports Conference on Driving Manufacturing Efficiency with Automation

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) is providing promotional support to The Automation Conference, an annual educational and networking event for professionals in discrete and batch manufacturing, packing and the process industries.
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12.30.12 - IMEC partners with CAIC for Expanded Manufacturing Outreach

Partnership to focus on improving competitiveness for companies in the Calumet Area Industrial Corridor
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12.07.12 - Lean New Product Development provides companies with "Innovative" way to design and produce

Step-by-step methodology for integrating lean tools with product development
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11.15.12 - The New Trend: Sustainability Requirements for Suppliers

This forum forum is part of a series designed to address current issues in the green economy, using perspectives from on-the-ground practitioners and leaders in the field to offer real world lessons on implementing sustainability.
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11.15.12 - IMEC and Joliet Junior College Partner with QRM Founder for One-Day Workshop

Bring products to market more quickly and secure business prospects by competing in a rapidly changing manufacturing arena. QRM reduces lead times across the enterprise as a company-wide strategy.
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11.01.12 - Seventeen IMEC Manufacturing Specialists Earn Family Business Advisor Certification

Representatives complete the Galliard Group Level One Training
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10.11.12 - City of Chicago approves ordinance for industrial outreach relationship with IMEC

Fundamental new relationship with Department of Housing and Economic Development to focus on strengthening the state of manufacturing in the City
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10.03.12 - State Manufacturing Organization Partners with Upsize Chicago

Entrepreneurial manufacturing companies gain opportunity to jumpstart business
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09.20.12 - Manufacturing Day Gaining Momentum

More than 150 Manufacturers Participating
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08.13.12 - Going Beyond Lean: IMEC Partners to Assist Manufacturers of Low-Volume and Customized Products

The use of Quick Response Manufacturing to deal with low-volume, high-variety production while reducing your costs at the same time.
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07.27.12 - Manufacturing Day Slated for October 5, 2012

Factory tours urged to raise awareness of skilled career options
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07.11.12 - Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology to visit with Chicago manufacturing leaders

Manufacturing facility tour and round table discussions to focus on advanced manufacturing and sustainability
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