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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Trufab Group USA LLC

TruFab Group USA LLC

Trufab Group USA LLC is a precision sheet metal fabricator and job shop, specializing in CNC punching and bending.  They have advanced capabilities in metal fabrication in order to manufacture a wide range of products. They also utilize cutting-edge manufacturing technologies, including precision CNC machinery and quality control systems.

A full-service manufacturing company, Trufab focuses on fast turnaround, competitive pricing, and above all, quality.  They specialize in low-to medium-production volumes and aim for 100% on-time delivery. Trufab is committed to steady growth through investing in the latest manufacturing equipment and innovations in the industry which enables them to provide complete metal finishing solutions for their customers’ products.

Made in Chicago Featured Company: William Dudek Manufacturing Company

William Dudek Manufacturing Company

Wm Dudek Mfg is an ISO registered contract manufacturer that specializes in the use of the multi-slide and four-slide process to manufacture metal stampings and wire forms. Some of their top products include metal stampings produced using the fourslide process. They also provide complete in house tool & die design and fabrication, a full range of subcontracted processes from heat treat to plating, tapped and threaded clips and clamps, and inventory management programs.

Today, Wm Dudek Mfg is proud to deliver the same quality and reliability that was there at the beginning while expanding to serve Fortune 500 companies and shipping internationally.  Their mission is simply produce the best possible parts on time at a competitive price.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Reynolds Manufacturing Company

Reynolds Manufacturing Company

Reynolds Manufacturing Company is a well-established manufacturing company with over 100 years of experience in manufacturing quality tools, fixtures, and special machines.  Reynolds provides complete manufacturing facilities, designed to meet the requirements of modern manufacturing.

Reynolds facilities offer 4 loading docks, 10,000-pound hoisting capability, 8,000-pound forklift capability.  The facilities have machining capability of CNC horizontal milling X-84”, Y-192”, Z-20”, boring mill capacity X-72”, Y-48”, Z-32” and vertical lathe capacity X-56”, Y- 36”.  They have many CNC machines and horizontal & vertical centers.  Additionally their team is able to bore, mill, tap, and turn and can make tooling, repair dies and do design to build parts.

Made in Chicago Featured Company: Builders Cabinet Supply

Builders Cabinet Supply

Builders Cabinet Supply is Chicago’s very own manufacturer of dream kitchens and bathrooms for over 25 years.  They sell their premium cabinetry directly to customers – saving them up to 40% versus retail cabinetry and helping support hundreds of Chicago’s very own builders and developers.

Builders Cabinet’s experienced craftsman use only the finest materials combined with some of the most advanced woodworking technology to produce the cabinetry for your dream kitchen or bathroom.  In-house  designers and service professionals help guide customers through remodeling projects. They will even do a free consultation to discuss designs and help bring to life customers’ visions. 

Prepare for the Unexpected: October is National Fire Prevention Month

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical SpecialistFire Prevention Tips

October is National Fire Prevention Month — a great time to ensure your workforce is prepared for all types of emergencies. Start by reviewing any emergency procedures and documentation you have for the organization. Are they up-to-date? Do your staff know how to respond in the event of an emergency?

Fire in a business setting can cause an interruption in production, loss of revenue, and even worse, it could put your team at great risk. Understanding a few simple preparedness techniques may save you from a future catastrophe.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: PIRTEK Fluid Transfer Solutions

Pirtek Fluid Transfer Solutions

PIRTEK is the fluid power system leader in sales and service. It is the only brand of its kind in franchising in the United States. PIRTEK boasts more than 400 service and supply centers in 23 countries around the world, and has more than 30 years of experience in the hydraulic and industrial hose replacement field. Powered by an industry-leading approach to sales and service and backed by a corporate center passionate about its franchisees and customers, PIRTEK offers unmatched service and logistics. They offer on-site hydraulic and industrial hose replacement service.

Some of their top products include Bridgestone hydraulic and industrial hose adapters, quick disconnects, tube cutting and bending, and hose clamps.  PIRTEK will arrive on-site and remove, assemble, and replace for any project needed.

Made in Chicago Featured Company: Z Print

Z PrintZ Print is a Chicago based company specializing in graphic design, print, sign production,  mailing services and website design.  Z Print is a small company that enjoys working with customers on projects.  At Z Print, whether the customer has “camera ready artwork” or just an idea for what a flyer or business card should look like, their team can help with the project.

Z Print has the capability to serve customers in a wide array of areas.  They can do anything from the design of invitations or flyers to building websites all while providing 24/7 customer service.  They are a one-stop shop for all printing needs.

Made in Chicago Featured Company: Puckered Pickle Company

Puckered Pickle Company

The Puckered Pickle Company uses the best quality ingredients to produce the best quality product.  They take pride in producing premium pickles, pickle relishes and fine condiments like sport peppers, giardiniera and muffalata in their state of the art facility. All products manufactured at the Puckered Pickle Company are gluten-free and Kosher certified.

The Puckered Pickle Company is family-owned and operated.  They have been serving the food service and retail trade for three decades. Today their products can be found in locations from coast to coast.

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Profile Plastics, Inc.

Profile Plastics, Inc.

Profile Plastics, Inc. specializes in supplying custom molded, highly engineered, plastic parts manufactured by the thermoforming processes of vacuum, pressure, and twin sheet forming. Most customers’ parts require close tolerance and CNC trimming for a precise, consistent fit. Profile Plastics has established a reputation as an industry leader in expanding the viability of the thermoforming processes through value added engineering.

Their facility allows for a broad range of product requirements and, more importantly, production flexiblity.  Profile Plastics has developed highly repetitive thermoforming processes to support high volume, close tolerance, and high value production.

Bringing Diversity to Manufacturing

Written by Melissa Basa, IMEC Regional Manager

With more than 500,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs in the United States in recent years, much has been hypothesized and written about the cause(s). If we consider the words of Warren Buffet, who in 2013 told Fortune Magazine that America has built our prosperity using only 50%Diversity of our talent and left an entire gender out of the equation for most of our history, we see that a solution is very much within our reach.  But balancing the gender equation and bringing more women into manufacturing doesn’t require the same approach as increasing the ranks of men.  Let’s look at an example (or three) from my Alma Mater.

In 2016, Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering was the first US national research university to graduate an undergraduate class of engineers that was more than 50% female.  Compare this to the national average that has yet to break 20%.  But gender parity didn’t happen for Thayer overnight and it certainly didn’t happen without intentional cultural changes.  I believe Thayer’s successes could be those of America’s shop floors as well.

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