Made in Illinois Featured Company: US Weight

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 6, 2019 10:25:56 AM

US Weight was founded in 1996 by Larry Mitchell and Matt Buchannan who were both entrepreneurs working in Olney, Illinois. The two partners purchased some of the fitness related assets from RoadMaster Corporation which was one of the largest sporting goods companies at the time. US Weight focused initially on the fitness market since it acquired the fitness weight manufacturing technology from RoadMaster originally developed by Diversified Products (DP) in the 1960s.

DP pioneered the concept of nonferrous weight sets encased in blow-molded polyethylene which significantly broadened the reach and appeal of fitness equipment and usage in the USA. These newly designed weights did not rust, did not scuff floors, were easy to handle, and were much lower cost than traditional cast iron fitness weights.

Escalade, Inc. purchased US Weight in 2001 from Larry and Matt to further expand its sporting goods business. Escalade, founded in 1927, is publicly -traded company on the Nasdaq (ESCA) and has been a leading manufacturer of sporting goods and outdoor recreation equipment for nearly 90 years. Escalade is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana and has operations throughout North America.

US Weight has called Olney, Illinois its home since the company started in 1998. The management team and manufacturing facility are both located in Olney. With an entrepreneurial team and unique manufacturing capabilities, US Weight has grown and expanded its product range over the years. Today, the US Weights product range includes tractor wheel weights, suitcase weights, tiller weights, and canopy weights. 

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Leading in a Multigenerational Healthcare World: Strategies to Maximize the Benefits

Posted by Simone Erskine on Mar 5, 2019 11:22:47 AM

 This is blog is written by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

You may know these numbers. Or, they may simply make sense of what you experience daily. As a healthcare leader in the 21st century, you could be managing six generations of healthcare associates. Consider these generations by approximate birth years and how many of them your employees likely represent:

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Entech Fabrications

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 27, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Founded in 1992, Entech designs, fabricates, installs and services custom can conveying, rinsing and cleaning systems. Their customers are leading food and beverage manufacturers and co-packers, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Boston Beer, Sentry Equipment, Ross Laboratories, Cott, and craft brewers including Revolution, Lagunitas and Founders.

Entech Fabrications provides their customers with inventive, technologically advanced solutions that go hand-in-hand with personalized service. Internationally recognized by the leading food and beverage producers, Entech and the Gatling Gun® can rinser are known for quality, experience, responsiveness and value. They continually expand their production capabilities and service personnel to meet the evolving needs of global food, beverage, nutrition and pharmaceutical companies.

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Cybersecurity: It's Only One Piece of the Business Security Puzzle

Posted by John Remsey on Feb 25, 2019 9:42:00 AM

Cybersecurity continues to be a hot topic for manufacturers – and rightfully so! According to the State of Industrial Cybersecurity 2018 by Kaspersky, “Over three quarters of the companies surveyed state that it is very likely or at least quite likely to become a target of a cybersecurity attack in the operational technology and industrial cybersecurity space. Despite this, only 23% are compliant with minimal mandatory industry or government guidance and regulations around cybersecurity of industrial control systems.”

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Team Spotlight - Rob Newbold

Posted by Simone Erskine on Feb 22, 2019 1:18:04 PM

 

With 8 years of expertise in the manufacturing industry, 10 successful years in sales and nearly 30 years of leadership proficiency, Rob is responsible for leading IMEC’s field staff. He joined IMEC 5 years ago as a Regional Manager and within the last few months, transitioned to serving as IMEC’s Client Engagement Manager. His wealth of experience and his passion for building relationships - with teammates, clients, community leaders and partners - makes him a valuable asset to the IMEC team.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Laystrom Manufacturing Co.

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 15, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Laystrom is a full-service provider of precision sheet metal fabrications and component parts, value added assemblies, and low and high volume metal stampings. Their specialties include prototype production in as little as 2-3 days, and rapid development of cost effective and consistently manufactured sheet metal parts, stampings and assemblies.

They also provide cost effective support for on-going production requirements that supports your JIT needs.  As prototype development ramps up to production builds, Laystrom has the ability to scale up to stamping production methods to facilitate productivity improvements when appropriate.

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2019 DIOSH Day Offers Best Practices for Protecting Workers

Posted by Emily Lee on Feb 11, 2019 10:26:00 AM

US Department of Labor's OSHA to co-sponsor DIOSH Day, Illinois workplace safety and health conference in Peoria on February 27, 2019.

Peoria, Ill. – Construction safety, combustible dust, fall protection, crane safety, organizational change management and developing a safety culture will be featured topics at the workshops and breakout sessions of this year’s Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day. The event will be held Wednesday, February 27, at the Peoria Civic Center located at 201 Jefferson St. SW.

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: All-Rite Industries

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 6, 2019 12:49:04 PM

All-Rite has been a proud supplier to the North American and international industrial marketplace for over 60 years. They are a direct JIT supplier to many industries including automotive direct to Ford and GM, and Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers. Other customers include automotive aftermarket, electronics, and appliance, military, aerospace, medical and entrepreneurial industries.

All-Rite houses state of the art tooling and production equipment to provide the highest quality products and services. Production capability ranges from pre-production samples to multi-million piece production runs. They utilize high precision production equipment to produce ISO/TS16949 level quality parts, including punch presses, four-slides, CNC, spring coilers, injection molding presses, insert molding presses, and other secondary operation equipment.

As a J.I.T. supplier, they utilize E.D.I. to perform multiple daily interfaces to check customer inventory and to generate All-Rite industries daily shipping schedules. Their production planning system allows them to meet all of their customer’s needs.

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Community Partners Celebrate February as CTE Month®

Posted by Simone Erskine on Feb 1, 2019 10:43:59 AM

 Written by Carly McCory, partner and Executive Director - Champaign County Economic Development Corporation

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and Parkland College will join community, regional and state partners to celebrate February as Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, which recognizes the value and accomplishments of career and technical education programs in the U.S.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Oval Fire Products

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 31, 2019 3:29:56 PM

Oval Brand Fire Products is innovating the fire protection industry to increase safety and improve design. Oval Brand offers the world’s slimmest fire extinguishers in an efficient, aesthetically pleasing form that is as much as 40 percent slimmer than standard 5-pound and 10-pound portable fire extinguishers.

Oval Brand’s fire products are made in the United States from more than 85 percent domestic materials. Their innovative designs make working with fire safety easier for architects, installers, fire marshals and fire extinguisher service technicians because they are more convenient, the most ADA compliant, and the safest comparable fire safety equipment on the market today.

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