Spotlight on Success: 80/20 Business Optimization Process Training Improves Employee Focus, Profitability and Customer Value

Posted by Simone Erskine on Apr 18, 2019 1:51:56 PM

Litania Sports Group | 150 employees | www.litaniasports.com

Litania Sports group is an athletic equipment manufacturer located in Champaign, IL.

Situation

Litania was interested in zero based budgeting, which the CEO had proposed to the management team in August 2016.  The idea around this was that it would address the company’s desire for aggressive growth in untapped markets. Having done previous work with IMEC, Litania trusted the experts to deliver the training they needed to implement true zero based budgeting which they hoped would result in cost reduction by the end of their fiscal year, September 30, 2017.

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Precision Stone Design

Posted by Marketing Support on Apr 10, 2019 2:05:00 PM

Precision Stone Design is a custom fabricator of natural and engineered stone. They pride themselves on their competitive pricing, rapid turn around times and the high level of customer service provided to each client. With 3D design software to assist in material selection & planning, a huge on-site selection of more than 300 colors in full slabs of granite, marble, and quartz or engineered stone, they are a one-stop shop for all countertop needs.

By embracing technology at all stages of sales & production with Laser Templating process, Vein matching Software, CNC Waterjet & Bridgesaw & CNC Fabrication & more, Precision Stone Design ensures the highest level of customer satisfaction.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Bramic Industries

Posted by Marketing Support on Apr 3, 2019 2:05:00 PM

 

Bramic Industries is a full service machine shop located in the suburbs of Chicago. After specializing in industrial cams for more than 30 years, they have proven that they possess the equipment and knowledge to produce complex components to exact specifications. Bramic Industries prides themselves on providing high quality products that meet specifications, on time, every time. 

Some of their top products include: Industrial Cams, Precision Complex Machined Components, Light Assembly, Engineering Services.
Special capabilities include: Multi-axis CNC Machining, and Multi-axis Grinding.

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Smoky Joe's Clothing

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 27, 2019 1:25:00 PM

Smoky Joe’s Clothing is known for their innovation, including the Zoot Suit, Mr. B. collars, Italian knit shirts faced in butter leather and even reverse pleated slacks. They take pride in the many entertainers whose names are now famous shopped at Smoky Joe’s.

Since their founding, Smoky Joe’s clothing has become increasingly popular throughout the fashion industry in North America and around the world. They provide their unique American made jackets and accessories for businesses, corporations, events, and clubs.

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Lean Best Practices & The Role of AR as a Lean Manufacturing Tool

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 22, 2019 10:32:00 AM

This is an original article, written by Ed Sowoski of Light Guide Systems.

As a lean practitioner of many years, I have had the privilege of applying lean concepts in many different businesses including project engineering, repetitive manufacturing, process manufacturing and even in a sales capacity. I’ve had to apply lean principles in areas where the cycle times ranged from seconds to days, which allowed me to apply lean manufacturing tools in very different ways.

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Apprenticeship Programs: Vital to Closing the Skills Gap

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 22, 2019 9:30:51 AM

Written by: Virginia Rounds, Director of the ICATT Apprenticeship Program

The price of vacancy in the high-tech manufacturing industry is staggering, and while companies recognize this is a problem, the true cost has become such a part of the status quo that it is often overlooked.

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Team Spotlight - Mike Waight

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 20, 2019 10:22:05 AM

Mike has a diverse manufacturing background which allows him to connect with different areas of an organization and offer valuable insight at a strategic level. As a Regional Manager at IMEC, he uses his deep understanding of process efficiencies to help businesses in Central Illinois create their competitive futures.

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In 2019, Customer Understanding Is the Key to Growth

Posted by Andrea Olson on Mar 19, 2019 12:09:41 PM

Written by Andrea Belk Olsen, MSC and CEO of Pragmadik
https://www.linkedin.com/in/olsonandrea1/

Most "predictive rundown" articles that kick off at the beginning of the year focus on big technologies, major disruptions, or massive breakthroughs that will upend your market. While these possibilities may manifest at some point, there's something to be said for going back to the basics. They say, "what got you here, might not get you there", that doesn't mean as an organization you toss out the good with the bad. More importantly, you don't lose sight of the practical essentials that make a business successful - customers.

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Manufacturing the Future: A New Sales Landscape

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 15, 2019 8:16:00 AM

Written by Marie Hale of At Revenue.

Globally the manufacturing industry has undergone a massive transformation in the past decade. Recessions choked demand, employment continues to fall and the floors and lines don’t have the same consistent flow of work to be done. With all of the nuances between each manufactured product and the manufacturers themselves, what is to be done to start to right the ship and save one of the most critical industries to America’s economy?

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