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IMEC - Downstate
1501 W. Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL 61625

IMEC - Chicago Region
1651 Wilkening Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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Next Generation Manufacturing Assessment for Illinois Manufacturers Begins August 8th

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center leading the state's survey collection for the NGM Study

For Immediate Release
July 29, 2013

Peoria, Illinois - 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.


The NGM Study, also conducted in 2009 & 2011, gives manufacturers in Illinois and across the nation an opportunity to achieve success in the next generation by offering strategies that can help them capture competitive advantages, best practices to support execution of those strategies, and performance goals against which to measure their progress.


Manufacturing executives can participate in the NGM Study, by completing a free, quick and confidential online survey. After completing the survey, manufacturers receive a free Performance Report or “scorecard” that describes how they rank against world-class performance benchmarks and targets improvements where needed.


“These are critical times for manufacturing. Today’s globally competitive markets should be a strong call to action and this study is an opportunity for leaders to take their company’s pulse and understand their progress towards world class,” said David Boulay, IMEC President. “Equally important, the aggregated results from this study help stakeholders develop and implement policies and programs to support successful Next Generation Manufacturing in Illinois in the coming years.”

The NGM Study is part of a national research effort coordinated by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, in partnership with IMEC and MEP centers across the nation. The study is conducted by The Manufacturing Performance Institute Group (MPI), a global research firm and thought leader on manufacturing performance, management and customer value.


Participation in the survey is free and respondents are not required to share financial information. For more information, please visit: www.ngmstudy.com



About IMEC

IMEC was established in 1996 with the goal of improving the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. The organization’s mission is to be a catalyst for transforming the state of manufacturing. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and through fees paid by Illinois manufacturers for IMEC’s services. IMEC has 11 offices statewide and 40 full-time manufacturing improvement specialists. For more information, visit www.imec.org.