Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

Igniting Illinois manufacturing excellence and global competitiveness.

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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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  • Rethinking Old Hiring Rules to Achieve a Diverse Workforce
    on June 20, 2022

    This is an original article from the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog. Many manufacturers have struggled for years to hire qualified workers. The outlook is for more of the same. With an aging workforce, emerging new technologies requiring more skilled talent, and the continuing decline of trades education in high schools and community colleges, an estimated 2.1 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled in the U.S. by 2030.

  • The True Cost of Turnover
    on June 17, 2022

    If we have a lost cost in our business of $100,000, $500,000 or $1,000,000 would you know about it? Should you know about it? Would you take action to reduce the lost cost? What is the actual cost of turnover for your business?Unfortunately, well over 90% of companies do not capture this true cost or know how to calculate it specifically for their company. To get a total annual cost, one must look at the cost per person multiplied by the number of employees lost in a year.

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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