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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Twisted Traces

Twisted-Traces-LogoTwisted Traces is a US-based company that specializes in manufacturing printed circuit board designs and board assemblies. With over 30 years of experience, our vision is making manufacturing MADE IN USA a reality once again with a goal to exceed off-shore facilities in cost, quality, and delivery times- providing overseas pricing here at home. The idea is simple and with our technology, the execution is seamless.

Creating a venue for low-pressure manufacturing connections

More than 70 manufacturers and partners attended the February 24th Manufacturing Matchmaking event in Sugar Grove. Hosted by IMEC, Chicago Metro Metals Consortium, Valley Industrial Association, and Kane and Kendall Counties, the buyer-supplier forum provides a low-pressure opportunity for manufacturers to connect with a variety of potential business partners in one location. From the very small to medium and large Illinois-based manufacturers, all of the participants are able to identify an opportunity for growth and/or new sales.

“We really enjoyed meeting other manufacturers and building a new network.”

2014 Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Summit

In January 2013, Walmart announced a ten-year plan to spend an additional $250 billion on U.S. made products. A key upcoming event for this initiative is the 2014 U.S. Manufacturing Summit, to be held August 14-15 in Denver, Colorado. The Summit addresses the challenges that some suppliers have identified in finding key domestic “value chain providers” – those that make and sell materials, components, technologies, or services to manufacturing possible – for their products.

Walmart Made in USA Open Call

Over the next 10 years, Walmart will spend an additional $250 billion on U.S.-made products as part of its commitment to domestic manufacturing and American jobs. With this Walmart Made in USA initiative top of mind, Walmart will be hosting the first ever domestic manufacturing Open Call Summit on July 8th in Bentonville, Arkansas.Walmart Made in America

Current suppliers that want to present new categories will be featured alongside suppliers with US manufacturing capabilities who are currently not doing business with Walmart. They’ll have a chance to meet with senior leaders, buyers and Walmart executives. Typically the vendor rooms are open by appointment only – so this is the first time that Walmart has put out an open invitation to all suppliers – to come on one specific day. They’re expecting hundreds of companies to attend and pitch their products.

The Open Call Summit will be focused on new business development on products and categories that are made or grown in the US. Applicants will be evaluated on the ability of their items to meet Walmart customer needs including:

·         Product: design, quality and innovation

·         Price: competitive costing, value, EDLP (Every Day Low Prices)

·         Strategic fit within merchandising strategy

·         Ability to execute: production, logistics, etc.

For applicants, proposed items must be able to qualify as US Country of Origin $3m+ in annual cost shipments (suppliers with less than $3m in revenue may be interested in Walmart’s Local Supplier Program). The review process will close on June 6th – if applicants are selected for the Summit, they will be notified by June 17th. Find the “Open Call Registration” link below to learn more about event times, logistics, and more!

Helpful links:

Walmart’s Commitment to U.S. Manufacturing

Learn How To Become a Walmart Supplier

Open Call Registration

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.

Sumitomo & Nippon Sharyo Bi-Level Railcar Opportunity

sumitomo logoSumitomo Corporation of America and Nippon Sharyo USA are the chosen manufacturer of 130 new Bi-Level Passenger Railcars for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Sumitomo is currently seeking DBE and Small Businesses to participate in the supply and delivery of materials, services and equipment for this project.

Keson Industries Buy America Supplier Opportunity

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has partnered with the departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to focus on finding business opportunities for small manufacturers by matching their capabilities with the supply chain needs of America’s original equipment manufacturers. In addition, IMEC has taken a local initiative to help companies in Illinois source their products through local suppliers.

Made in Illinois’ Featured Manufacturer: Heidtman Steel Products

Made in Illinois' Featured Company Heidtman Steel Products

Made in Illinois‘ featured manufacturer this week is Heidtman Steel Products is a steel service center incorporated in 1954.

Heidtman Steel Products – Granite City division processes steel coils for the automotive, lawn and garden, truck and trailer, irrigation and wheel manufacturing sectors. Heidtman brings steel coils in from a variety of mill sources and pickles, slits and cuts the steel into sheets. The steel can be used in a wide variety of manufacturing operations, including stamping, rollforming and laser cutting.

Buy America Supplier Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration have released five new supplier opportunities for Buy America Supplier Scouting, in conjunction with Next Generation Rail Service in the U.S.  If you are a manufacturer that is currently making these (or similar items), or have the capability and capacity to make these items, please contact IMEC for more information at The deadline is November 7, so act quickly!  Continue reading to see the item descriptions.

Buy America Opportunity

Several new Buy America Opportunities are being issued by NIST- MEP for the U.S Department of Energy and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. If you are a U.S. manufacturer currently making these or similar items, or have the capability to make these, and would like to pursue the Buy America opportunity, please contact IMEC.

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