SIU Releases Reshoring Report for Innovation and Growth

SIU ReshoringOur partners at Southern Illinois University’s Office of Economic and Regional Development recently compiled a report for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

“RESHORING An Opportunity for Innovation and Economic Growth in Southern Illinois” report is linked for your review.

Industrial Safety & Health: WEATHER

Written by Lori Amerman, IMEC manufacturing specialist and OSHA authorized trainer

weatherThere is one thing for sure about Illinois weather, it is always changing. We have made it through the snow and ice hazards and are now in the Midwest tornado season. In order to keep your organization safe from weather threats, here are a few reminders in preparedness:

Making Connections: Bolingbrook Manufacturing Matchmaking

The latest Manufacturing Matchmaking event brought together more than 35 organizations focused on manufacturing competitiveness yesterday.

Manufacturing firms represented capabilities in industries like automotive, medial devices, military and defense, mining, aerospace, construction equipment and many more. Participating manufacturers were hoping to identify future sales or procurement opportunities with others in attendance and many positive interactions were reported through initial evaluations.

Freeport hosts first annual MFG Day event

April 30th marked the first annual MFG Day event for the Freeport area manufacturing community and local schools. Eleven area businesses opened their doors for manufacturing-focused tours including Berner Foods, Hunter Haven, TR Machine, Honeywell, Adkins Energy, Anpec Industries, TriStar Metals, Titan Tire, Danfoss, Modern Plating, and Protocutter.

Freeport MFG Day“Freeport’s MFG Day was a great success! It was exciting to see area manufacturers, students, and resource providers interacting and discussing career opportunities that exist in our backyards,” said Chris Blumhoff, IMEC Regional Manager.

Market Monitoring – As Easy as 1, 2, 3…4

Market Monitoring

Written by April Glosser, Thrive Market Intelligence

Effective Market Monitoring can provide early warning of threats, advance notification of opportunities and deliver a significant advantage over your competitors.

Here is a quick 4-step process to begin Market Monitoring in it’s simplest form:

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Corporate Disk Company


Corporate Disk Company is a one-stop-shop for CD’s, DVD’s, books, printing, packaging, promo items, trade show supplies and materials, and fulfillment.

Go Global in the Digital Age

Taking on the International Market

Presented by Laurel Delaney, Founder & President of

On May 28th, join IMEC, the SIUE International Trade Center and Small Business Development Center for a special presentation on “Go Global in the Digital Age”. Register online by visiting for only $15.

In order to remain competitive, businesses must be ready to adapt to the changing nature of the international trade environment. Global Small Business Blog creator Laurel Delaney will provide expert insight on export readiness and how to expand your business in a global market.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Chirch Global Manufacturing

chirch_registeredChirch Global Manufacturing, LLC (Chirch Global) designs and builds close tolerance progressive dies and manufactures high-quality metal fabrications, stampings, and assemblies. Chirch Global is ISO/TS 16949 certified and the company, along with its predecessors have been serving customers since 1976.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: GKI Incorporated

GKI Incorporated has provided high quality products and services to the metalworking industry since 1971. Today, thousands of companies throughout the U.S. utilize GKI. With over 40-years experience and commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, GKI can service your small to medium volume production needs and meet your delivery requirements.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Freedman Seating Company

Freedman-XSnap-FSCbrandpanelFreedman Seating Company manufactures seats and seating related products for many different applications. The product lines include bus, rail, marine, delivery truck, specialty and commercial vehicle seating. FSC has become a leading supplier to the U.S. domestic bus and transportation industry. FSC employs nearly 750 people and is one of the nation’s largest specialty seating manufacturers. 

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