Archives for the ‘Strategic Alliance’ Category

Hitachi Foundation previews upcoming Chicago workforce initiative at SIPI Metals

Excerpt from The Hitachi Foundation blog. The Hitachi Foundation is partnering with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), and several local funders through the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance to launch a new initiative aimed at growing the number of high-quality manufacturing jobs in the Chicago region. 

From Scrap Metal to Precious Metal: Chicago’s SIPI Metals Creates Great Products and Great Jobs

logo1b.aiChicago has been at the epicenter of American manufacturing throughout the 20th century. Today 3,700 firms account for more than 100,000 jobs and over $30 billion in annual sales. Despite its endurance, the Chicagoland manufacturing sector faces challenges – securing a skilled workforce, adapting to new technologies, and bringing innovative products to market. To strengthen its position for the future, the region will need to build on lessons from what works among exemplary firms like SIPI Metals Corporation.

Grant Awarded to IMEC-ManufacturingWorks Partnership

Workforce Funder Alliance Last week, the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance announced it will award its first industry-workforce partnership grant to the newly-aligned Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and ManufacturingWorks.

The Funder Alliance has chosen to award its first industry-workforce partnership grant to the IMEC-ManufacturingWorks partnership due to the partnership’s focus on building a platform that will drive additional value to both manufacturers and underprepared workers across the city and the region. The grant provides $300,000 – $400,000 annually for two to three years, beginning this fall. The Funder Alliance is a collaborative of 11 workforce development funders working with employers and other workforce stakeholders to increase employment and earnings for underprepared workers in the Chicago region.

National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security Meeting

National Strategy MeetingJoin Us Thursday May 24, 2012 for the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security Meeting

On behalf of the Cross-Sector Supply Chain Workgroup:

With the release of the President’s National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security (the Strategy) in January 2012, the Department of Homeland Security and the Cross-Sector Supply Chain Workgroup (CSSCWG) are reaching out to state and local governments, and industry, on a regional level to conduct meetings to discuss the Strategy and a path forward for its implementation.  These outreach meetings seek to bring together parties to gather thoughts, comments, and concerns on how best to implement the Strategy.

Specifically, we hope to gain input on the following:

Waste to Profit Teams Up with OSHA Grant

by Mary Hallock

imec_waste_to_profit_logoFor our most recent Rockford area Waste-to-Profit meeting we combined the areas of safety and environmental compliance into one program.   We presented the Chemical Safety Workshop material and  added some material that focused on hazardous waste recycling and pollution prevention.

The more I worked on my material and tied it into the Chemical Safety Workshop material, the more I realized how the sustainable aspect of handling chemicals goes hand in hand with the safety aspect.  If we minimize exposure to our employees, then we minimize exposure to the environment.

Alliance Will Help Chicago Area Manufacturers Improve Environmental Practices

IMEC and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Combining Forces to Drive Sustainability

IMEC_Sustainability_ISTCHelping Chicago area manufacturers reduce the impacts of their operations on the environment and improve profits is the aim of a newly created strategic alliance between the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC) and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC).

Under the agreement, the two non-profit business assistance organizations will jointly conduct in-depth assessments of manufacturing production processes, and deliver training and technical support to help companies prevent pollution, divert solid waste from landfills, and increase energy efficiency.  The collaboration will also focus on providing manufacturers with information on waste-reducing technologies and sustainable management practices.