Made in Illinois Featured Company: Daniel & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning

Daniellogo3Daniel & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving the needs of businesses and residents throughout southern Illinois and southeast Missouri since 1997. Offering 26 to 16 gauge galvanized steel and custom sheet metal to serve most any need. Customization is key to our success, and our skills are wide and varied.

IMEC and ILPEx welcome two new team members

ILPExWith the merger of Illinois Performance Excellence and IMEC, the organizations welcome the addition of two new professionals to our staff.

As the Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Jennifer Waldinger‘s role will be to grow, strengthen, and diversify the IMEC and ILPEx outreach in manufacturing, as well as other public and private sector industries like healthcare, education, and more.

Carol Fisher has joined the team as the ILPEx Baldrige Coordinator and will serve as the primary contact person responsible for coordinating training sessions, coordinating the examination teams, serving as liaison between the applicants and ILPEx satisfaction benchmarking, and budget-holder accountability.

Learn more about Jennifer Waldinger | Learn more about Carol Fisher

2015 Changes to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule

There are new reporting requirements from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).  (

OSHA RecordkeepingUnder the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), Illinois manufacturers with 10 employees are required to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety trends of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to eliminate or reduce hazards.

All employers must report:

  1. All work-related fatalities within 8 hours
  2. All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours

Report to OSHA by:

  1. Calling OSHA’s free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
  2. Calling your closest Area Office during normal business hours
  3. Using an online form that will soon be available

It is also a good time to review emphasis programs and compare to your facility’s current state.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Taylor Spring Manufacturing

TaylorSpringTaylor Spring Manufacturing Company is a dynamic company rich in history. For all of our 60-plus years of manufacturing the finest springs and coils, we have been family owned and operated. We don’t just come to work, do our job and go home. We live and breathe the business, and it shows. 

Time is money – Quick Response Manufacturing Feb 3

Time is money. QRM means reducing lead times for tasks throughout your company, allowing you to manufacture products for specific customer needs. The result is quick response, improved quality, and lower cost.

Rick Bastian, Chairman and CEO of Blackhawk Bank is pleased to introduce local manufacturers to the innovative concepts of Dr. Rajan Suri, Founder of QRM (Quick Response Manufacturing). On February 3rd, join Blackhawk Bank and area partners for an afternoon seminar that takes a closer look at QRM.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Quality Fabricators Inc.

QualityFabricatorslogoQuality Fabricators, Inc. is a leader in the fabrication and machining of precision metal products. We are a 124,000 square foot value added focused business partner with a personal touch that puts our customers first. 

IMEC welcomes two new Manufacturing Specialists to the Metro East

IMEC Manufacturing SpecialistsIMEC is pleased to announce the addition of two new manufacturing specialists for the Metro East St. Louis region. As a Technical Specialist, Brad Rodgers will service Illinois manufacturers with his experience in lean and project management capabilities. Ryan Langdon, joining the team as a Regional Manager, will help ensure his background in continuous improvement implementation will sustain IMEC clients well into the future. Learn more…

Congrats to Share Machine for completing ISO 9001:2008 registration

IMEC is happy to announce Share Machine Inc. has successfully implemented a quality management system registration to ISO 9001:2008.  Achieving ISO 9001:2008 registration is an important milestone for Share Machine as the certification illustrates a strong commitment to quality at all levels of the organization and a commitment to quality to all customers.Share Machine

Accomplishing the ISO 9001:2008 registration also clearly demonstrates Share Machine’s company-wide commitment to providing their partners with a quality product and service. This commitment is reflected by all members of the team.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Granat Industries Inc.

GranatlogoBy utilizing our 89 years of business experience, Granat Industries, Inc. excels at getting you the right product at a competitive price in a timely manner. Founded in 1922, we are proud to say that we have withstood the test of time and this feat has been accomplished by offering our complete devotion to our customers.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Natural Enrichment Industries

Natural Enrichment IndustriesNatural Enrichment Industries is a proud American owned and based company that manufacturers high quality food grade, Tricalcium Phosphate (TCP). The TCP is manufactured in an AIB Superior rated facility, which is customized, developed and  regulated by good manufacturing practices.

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