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Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

Igniting Illinois manufacturing excellence and global competitiveness.

BECOME A PREMIER DOMESTIC MANUFACTURER

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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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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BECOME A TOP SHOPS BENCHMARKING SURVEY PARTICIPANT

Apply for our Exclusive Top Shops Program, where 10 Illinois machine shops will be enrolled in Gardner’s Top Shops Benchmarking Survey and given a free customized market research report.

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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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2020 Manufacturing Impacts

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  • Talent Acquisition:  What is your Strategy?
    on July 22, 2021

    “I can’t find people!" This is without a doubt a common challenge for companies today. Challenges do not go away on their own. As leaders we must develop strategies to use available tools and resources to overcome the challenges. In most key areas of business there are strategic plans. The activities are planned, monitored, and managed to ensure the best results and minimize business impacts.

  • Upskilling for the Move to the Smart Factory
    on July 20, 2021

    On the heels of the global pandemic comes yet another challenge for manufacturers to face: The coming of the “smart factory”. The factory that requires you to upskill your workers just to stay afloat and will leave you and your employees behind if you don’t start planning now. Right now.

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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