Northern Illinois University to Host Energy Efficiency Workshop

Manufacturing improvement workshop to focus on energy reduction and enhanced productivity

niu_wordmark_stack_rgb_smOn May 2nd, the Department of Technology and the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy of Northern Illinois University will be presenting a free, half-day workshop for small and medium size manufacturers at the Northern Illinois University Rockford Meeting and Conference Center from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Dr. Kevin B. Martin, Assistant Professor will lead the workshop and focus on assisting participants with identifying and implementing ways to reduce energy use, boost productivity, and achieve measurable energy savings.

Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum

The Buy America Transit Supply Chain Connectivity Forum is designed to bring large transit OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers together with smaller, capable and interested U.S. manufacturers in an effort to facilitate the use of a higher percentage of domestic suppliers in transit products and systems. The Forum will provide a venue for smaller manufacturers to learn what products are needed and find out more about investments they need to consider when entering the transit industry.

Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Written by Lori AmermanEnergy Efficiency

Evolving Technology and Emerging Competitive Advantage

In March IMEC partnered with the Northern Illinois University Department of Technology and Kaskaskia College Center for Business and Industry to provide a presentation on best practices in Energy Efficiency.

Industrial electricity prices have risen 36% over the last 10 years.  Researching energy bills and technologies should be part of continuous improvement efforts as emerging technologies are lessening the burden of controlling future costs.

Made in Illinois’ featured MFG: American Pride Cabinetry

American Pride Cabinetry LogoAmerican Pride Cabinetry, Inc. is a 20 year old company featuring Amish crafted wood products. We use advanced drawing techniques with Amish handcrafted workmanship to provide products with “modern elegance and traditional craftsmanship.”

Made in Illinois’ Featured MFG: Heartwood Creations

Heartwood Logo Heartwood Creations has quickly earned the reputation as a group of talented craftspeople whose products are now shown in many of the finest galleries and craft shops.

7 Insights for Illinois Manufacturers from the NGM Study

2013_NGM_StudyEvery other year, the Manufacturing Performance Institute releases the Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study to assist small and medium manufacturers in benchmarking and planning for the future of their organization. What do you need to know about the responses from this survey? How can you plan your organization’s growth? How can you receive this study?

The 2013 study took the insights from many manufacturers across the nation, and here are the 7 of the important findings from this study.

Made in Illinois’ Featured MFG: Peter Field

Peter Field LogoPeter Field creates custom menswear products at an affordable price in Chicago, IL. We also offer quality men’s and women’s alterations and have been rated the #1 alterations shop in the loop.

Annual DIOSH Day to offer new approaches for protecting workers

US Department of Labor’s OSHA to co-sponsor DIOSH Day, Illinois workplace safety and health conference in Peoria on March 5, 2014.

Peoria, Ill. – Construction safety, combustible dust, fall protection, crane safety, organizational change management and developing a safety culture will be featured topics at the workshops and breakout sessions of this year’s Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day. The event will be held Wednesday, March 5, at the Peoria Civic Center located at 201 Jefferson St. SW.

Calling All Volunteers – Examiners Wanted


Be an ILPEx Examiner and help make a difference in Illinois… Examiner applications deadline is March 7, 2014.

Professional benefits to becoming an ILPEx Examiner

ILPEx Examiners learn how to use the Criteria for Performance Excellence, explore in-depth examples of best practices, and see first hand how other organizations are implementing the Criteria.  From planning strategies, ways to engage customers and the workforce, to learn selecting measurements and goals, it all contributes to building professional acumen.

We need you. We need teachers, business executives, parents, retirees, students…you name it. And the more volunteers we have, the bigger impact we can all make.  Learn More about what it means to be an ILPEx examiner.

“What Do You Want?” Being thoughtful of Business Transition

Think back. Think back to the last time when you were asked to talk about your personal and business transition (or more likely the words used were “exit strategy”). Think back to the question… “What do you want?”

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