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Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

Igniting Illinois manufacturing excellence and global competitiveness.

RESHORING & IMPORT SUBSTITUTION

Apply for an opportunity to open new sales channels offering locally produced components to large OEMs, as substitutes for imported products.

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BECOME AN INDUSTRY 4.0 SHOWCASE MANUFACTURER

Apply to be on the cutting-edge of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Services to solve productivity and innovation challenges.

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  • Senator Dick Durbin
    “The work of IMEC, its partners, and the hard-working businesses in the state will mean that ‘made in Illinois’ is not a thing of the past but a thing of the future.”
  • Craig Zoberis
    “IMEC has been investing in the future of Illinois manufacturers by helping them break through growth barriers and sustain competitiveness. This is a great new opportunity for our small and medium-sized manufacturers to take control of their future and lead the way for Illinois to pioneer the next era of manufacturing.”
    Craig Zoberis
    President, Fusion OEM
  • Joseph Krueger
    "We were able to bring our manufacturing back online in shorter amount of time due to the service provided." (COVID-19 Emergency Cleaning Service)
    Joseph Krueger
    COO, Element Food Solutions - Hodgkins
  • Tom Titone
    In a small manufacturing community, it’s essential to build close relationships and leverage the experience of others. IMEC provided that for us and internally forced us to examine our network of resources, pulling in the right people and resources to get the job done.
    Tom Titone
    Nudo Products Inc.
  • William Hanson III
    "IMEC has been extremely helpful in presenting Lean Manufacturing approach to my employee's in a way they all understand across generations that I could not." (5S Workplace Organization - Training and Implementation)
    William Hanson III
    President, A. L. Hansen Manufacturing Company
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  • Apprenticeship Is Vital to Manufacturing's Post-Pandemic Recovery
    on June 17, 2021

    This is an original article from JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the manufacturing industry hard, and apprenticeship may be one strategy toward a stable recovery. As the novel coronavirus spread across the country and around the world, many manufacturers had to cut back operations and lay employees off. These moves contributed to the overwhelming surge in new claims for unemployment benefits, which had surpassed 40 million in just ten weeks as of May 23, 2021. Some companies were able to revamp their operations and pivot to producing much-needed goods like personal protective equipment and coronavirus test kits. But when the National Association of Manufacturers surveyed its membership in early March, more than 78 percent of the 558 respondents said they expected the pandemic to have a negative financial impact on their businesses, and 53 percent said they anticipated operational changes as a result of the crisis.

  • Manufacturing Execution Systems: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
    on June 17, 2021

    This article is written by Chuck Werner,  Manager of Operational Excellence at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - part of the MEP National Network, and originally published in IndustryWeek. Smart Manufacturing is the manufacturing of the future, and, at its core, works to save time, money, and resources. One valuable tool in the move toward Smart or Smart(er) Manufacturing is the implementation of a manufacturing execution system. A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an automated system that utilizes real-time data to assist you in measuring how your production equates with financial performance.

Affiliations

At IMEC, we recognize the value of a strong team and partnerships to bring our mission alive. Our key partners listed below serve in vital roles to provide strategic guidance and to set important policy priorities. Together we craft the direction and provide the resources to help our state’s competitiveness. Read More


 

 
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