IMEC was established in 1996 to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and by fees for services paid by Illinois manufacturers. Experienced staff based at eleven office locations throughout Illinois provide hands-on technical assistance and consulting services to help manufacturers innovate, contain manufacturing costs, streamline processes, and increase profits. They roll up their sleeves and get to know all facets of the business, providing solutions in areas ranging from process optimization to product innovation, quality improvement to technology integration.
Based on independent research, manufacturers assisted by IMEC achieve sales and cost saving benefits more than four times greater than firms that do not receive similar help. Further, manufacturers assisted by IMEC typically hire workers and invest in their facilities when many others are struggling. These investments generate nine dollars in benefits for every dollar a company invests in IMEC’s services.
IMEC draws on the resources and capabilities of a network of manufacturing service providers. Alliances with state and national economic development programs, higher education institutions, specialty service providers, and the private sector ensure that IMEC is able to address critical manufacturing needs without duplication of effort. And, as part of a national system, IMEC is able to leverage the expertise of a field network of 2,000 manufacturing advisors from over 400 MEP centers.
Board of Directors
IMEC is led by a fifteen member board of directors comprised of representatives from manufacturing companies. Involvement from this dedicated group of manufacturing leaders ensures that IMEC’s services are in alignment with the evolving needs of the industrial community.