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.
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by Mary Hallock – IMEC Manufacturing Specialist
Every day people are busy at work – our minds become cluttered with information from one source or another; some of it’s important and some is just noise. Do yourself AND your co-workers a favor and remember these nine simple rules for reducing email waste.
- Rule 1 – Limit “CC’s” to only those that are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Make a rule that employees can choose to BLOCK all CC e-mails.
- Rule 2 – No more than two “cycles” back and forth between correspondents. If the issue is not resolved by that point, USE THE TELEPHONE!
The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and Citi Community Development, supported by World Business Chicago, joined forces to create a new collaborative program and web tool for the Chicagoland design and manufacturing communities, which was introduced at the Made in Chicago launch event on January 21, 2014. Pictures from the event will be shared below.
The Made in Chicago program serves as a new hub for locally sourced ideas and manufacturing capabilities; ultimately matching designers and manufacturers for nearby production. And as the second largest metropolitan manufacturing cluster in the U.S. and generating 85% of all private R&D in the region, Chicago and its surrounding cities provide the ideal climate for manufacturing fellowship and innovation.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 28th annual survey, the average cost of a classic Thanksgiving Day dinner for 10 people declined $0.44 from 2012. Now, there just has to be effectiveness and efficiency in those supply chains for that to occur. As you’re enjoying the upcoming holiday celebrations, bite into your pumpkin pie and festive jellies and contemplate these questions posed by our MEP supply chain expert, Terry Weiner.
When was the last time you really looked at how effectively your supply chain is performing? I mean, really looked into all of the aspects of cost, performance, quality, and value.
Is the supply chain performing to the specifications of your Supply Chain Strategy?
Do you even have a Supply Chain Strategy, and if so, is it in alignment with your corporate strategy?
Are your suppliers aware of the supply chain strategy and do they know what their part is in helping to achieve it?
Manufacturers today face a variety of challenges that create enormous pressures to manage costs and grow and diversify their business.
Discover the challenges faced by manufacturers and how the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership help the competitiveness of manufacturing across Illinois.
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The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), a nonprofit economic development organization in Peoria, will host its inaugural Manufacturing Matchmaking event at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 201 Broadway Street in Normal, Illinois on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 (sponsored by our friends at Busey Bank).
The event will give manufacturing organizations from across the state the opportunity to network with potential customers and suppliers for their manufacturing process by sharing information, samples and more – think speed dating for manufacturers!
In this difficult economy, we’re increasingly examining how to reduce operational costs while improving productivity. Energy emerges as one of the critical cost factors that can be managed and reduced. As a manufacturer, it is important to be aware of the latest and best practices to reduce energy costs, as well as the incentives available to support projects.