Midwest Business and Climate Change | October 8, 2014

Local First Chicago Climate Event

Did you know that Twenty-Five Percent of businesses never reopen after a severe weather event, and that a recent UN report estimates that inaction on climate change could cost $100 billion a year? You may think that this is a worry for coastal businesses and those on fault lines, but less than a year ago, an Illinois town was decimated by a tornado in November. The town has since made strides to recovery, but climate change affects all of us.

Exporting 101: Helping Manufacturers Profit Internationally

Exporting 101 via Illinois SBDCWhen looking for new customers, improved revenues, and an all-around increase in profit; where do you turn? New verticals? New Products? New Countries? The International Trade Center of the Illinois Small Business Development Center looks to help you learn the value behind exporting with a new workshop series in October 2014 that will help Illinois businesses understand what exporting is, who to sell to, how to export, and how to get paid. Learn more about this workshop series below.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Sedwall Manufacturing


Sedwall provides precision tooling and tool and die capabilities to end users. Our versatile employees make tooling used in the can and drum making industry, US mint, and for transportation and heavy machinery.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: JE Tomes


JE Tomes has dependable and durable top quality products for high performance concrete repair/resurfacing, shotcrete concrete patching and underlayment masonry.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Ameroc Export Inc.


Ameroc Export Inc. is an international trade company. We provide US manufacturers and suppliers with all the services they need to export their products from USA to countries all around the world. Our team of professionals will handle details such as sourcing of products, guiding shipments, quality shipments, quality inspection, document preparation and all other aspects of this import/export process.

MEP Supply Chain Optimization Program Releases Vitality Quiz

Supply Chain Vitality QuizAre you vital as a manufacturer? A new quiz by Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Optimization program looks to provide a quick glimpse into a manufacturer’s vitality. This simple, 10-question quiz will help you to benchmark your abilities regarding strategy, alignment, collaboration, and ultimately optimization within the company’s supply chain.

National Economic Outlook for Manufacturers & Wholesalers

In honor of National Manufacturing Day and the health of an American industrial economy, PNC will host their annual National Economic Outlook for Manufacturers and Wholesalers on October 2, 2014.
Join us as PNC Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman provides an economic update for U.S. manufacturers and wholesalers. The outlook will be comprehensive in nature, but will also describe regional trends and how to access detailed regional data.

PNC_Bank_Logo_smTopics to be discussed:

  • Pace of recovery
  • Jobs/unemployment
  • Housing markets
  • Interest rates
  • Inflation
  • Economic risk factors

Register online. The complimentary webinar presentation will begin streaming nationwide at 10:00AM Eastern Standard Time.

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Workshop

The 2014 Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Workshop is happening in Moline on September 9, 10, and 11th – Be sure to stop by and say “hi” to IMEC! Advanced Materials and ManufacturingThe fourth in a series, the 2014 Workshop will address the latest developments in applied advanced processing techniques. Presentations by leading researchers from academia, industry, and government will focus on applied research suitable for implementation in manufacturing within industry and government agencies.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: MTH Pumps

MTH Pumps is a commercial and industrial pump manufacturer serving a wide variety of markets and industries including boiler feed, condensate return, chillers / temperature controllers, water services, refrigeration, petroleum, as well as many chemical process applications.

The Journey to Excellence: Delight Customers and Get Acquainted with Baldrige

ILPEx EventsThe journey to process improvement can be a long and winding road. But learning how to meet the needs of customers and strategically act can help to push your organization in the right direction. This is why IMEC would like to share upcoming events from Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) that will advance your approach to process improvement.

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