Chris BlumhoffRegional Manager

“There is a great amount of value in change.”

Contact Information:

Northern Illinois University
Chick Evans Field House
1050 Lucinda Avenue, Room 223
DeKalb, IL 60115

Cell: 815-590-6826
Fax: 309-677-3289
Email: cblumhoff(at)imec.org

Lending a Hand:

I am responsible for expanding business development relationships with manufacturers and partners in the Northwest Region of Illinois; assessing challenges as well as opportunities. With an emphasis on Next Generation Manufacturing I can offer IMEC’s Strategy, Technology, Supply Chain, and Efficiency Solutions to help organizations become more profitable and competitive in both the local and global marketplaces.

I have assisted manufacturers in the Northwest Region of Illinois with Lean Transformation Projects, Quality System Implementations, Process Specific Training, Leadership Training, Succession Planning, Relocation Projects, and Continuous Improvement Coaching. I work with area manufacturers to help identify specific solutions that can be customized to meet their needs. In addition to working with the manufacturers, I am continuously collaborating with area learning institutions and economic development leaders in an effort to grow manufacturing and foster relationships throughout the entire manufacturing community in the region.

My Background:

I have over 18 years of operations experience focusing on manufacturing systems, continuous improvement, and project management. I have worked in the automotive, medical, industrial, and building markets. Prior to joining IMEC, I served as the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Supervisor responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a Lean/Six Sigma base Continuous Improvement Program and the ISO 9001:2008/ ISO 17025:2005 Quality Management Systems.

I earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Hamilton College and am a certified Lean/ Six Sigma Black Belt with experience in the following: Lean Manufacturing, Value Stream Mapping, Kanban, 5S, Quick Changeover/Set-up Reduction, Cellular Manufacturing, Inventory Management, Quality Management Systems and Six Sigma.

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