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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Rollicking Buckaroo Pepper Jam was an idea, built on a seed of several great friends who wanted to offer a wholesome product made with the freshest peppers at the peak of the seasons. Prepared the old way; with lots of hands-on prep.

Rollicking Buckaroo is dedicated to offering only the finest and freshest jams with the freshest ingredients.  Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and FDA approved.


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Stockwell Greetings

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Stockwell Greetings is a Chicago manufacturer and global distributor of vibrant and cutting-edge greeting cards since 1994. Creative thinking, quality-oriented and American made, we are the human approach to social expressions by connecting people in a real way.

Stockwell Greetings is committed to helping customers stay profitable.  Their cards start as low as 15 cents and can be used for a number of occassions; from weddings and graduations to bar mitzvahs and Valentine's Day.


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Highland Machine

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

For more than 50 years, Highland Machine has been providing the best in fabrication, machining, and finishing services to companies in a wide variety of industries. Our reputation for quality and service has allowed us to become one of the region’s largest, and most reliable, metal fabricators.

Still employing the Midwest smarts and muscle that helped build their reputation, Highland Machine remains client-focused, ensuring only the highest quality products are delivered at competitive prices. We offer a full range of services from engineering to assembly, making Highland Machine the ideal choice for your unique specifications.


Client Success in Process Management: CIM TECH Plastics

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 18, 2017 3:46:02 PM

CIM TECH Plastics is a precision customer injection molder with extensive experience with production of small to medium sized precision components utilizing engineering and commercial grade thermoplastic materials. As a division of Tramec Plastics & Composites, CIM TECH leveraged an internal and external network of expertise to achieve their recent ISO registration success.


Made in Chicago Featured Company: PGDirect

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 13, 2017 3:23:43 PM

PGDirect is not your typical online bookstore.  PGDirect only sells books that are manufactured by Publishers’ Graphics.   Publishers’ Graphics has become one of the leading manufacturers capable of printing and binding one book at a time, both hard and soft cover, black and white or color.
PGDirect allows a consumer to get a book that was produced specifically for them with all efforts being respectful of the earth.  The manufacturing process, as well as selling directly to the consumer, eliminates waste, conserves energy and reduces the carbon footprint to its very minimum. The materials used in producing the books are all FSC certified. So the end result and why this matters is important to everyone.  

Made in Illinois Featured Company: Rothan Millwork Company

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 13, 2017 3:23:23 PM

Rothan Millwork specializes in the manufacturing of fine wood products customized to your architectural specifications. They fabricate custom casework, cabinetry, commercial fixtures, sports facility fixtures, residential fixtures, countertops, and many architectural products, providing one-of-a-kind treasures for any environment.

At Rothan Millwork their experienced team works directly with architects, designers, contractors, builders, carpenters and homeowners to ensure quality fabrication and installation tailored meet customers's personal needs and desires.  The company was founded in 1873 and continues to provide the highest quality millwork possible.


Elevate your Marketing Efforts to Perform with Agency Precision

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Nov 27, 2017 9:18:59 AM

Written by Jim Dunbar, IMEC Marketing Coordinator

What methods are you or your marketing team employing to achieve the highest ROI? How are you using your skills and time to be most efficient?

You are more than likely in a position where you, a small team or a single employee, are tasked with multiple with duties including marketing outreach.  If you are like most other small companies, you have a web presence, post on some social media sites and maybe even compose a newsletter.

You can spend a lot of time and money to market your products but do you really know what’s getting you the best results? The ultimate goal is to generate more revenue.


Deadline Approaching: OSHA Injury and Illness Reporting

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Nov 20, 2017 9:54:22 AM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist and OSHA Authorized Trainer

UPDATE (12/1/17) – OSHA has extended the deadline to December 15 for electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses.

ATTENTION: The OSHA electronic reporting of injury and illness records has gone into effect!

Certain employers are required to submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Most manufacturers fall into those certain industries.


Project Management Expert joins IMEC Team of Technical Specialists

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Oct 23, 2017 10:18:53 AM

Antuanet Sanchez has joined the IMEC team bringing a strong background in project management and customer service skills to Illinois organizations. As a Technical Specialist with more than 15 years of experience working in a Fortune 500 project management office, Antuanet has a passion for continuous improvement and prides herself on leading cross-functional and remote teams.


Finding energy efficient products made in the U.S. is easy with the Building Clean website

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Oct 19, 2017 12:15:55 PM

The Building Clean database lists more than 2500 U.S. facilities manufacturing energy efficient products in the key energy and water efficient product sectors of appliances, HVAC, insulation, lighting, plumbing, roofing, and sealants – plus an added section on certified water filtration systems. You can search by product type, market sector, locality (both state and zip code), manufacturing tier, and the product’s material composition. Included is information on chemical hazards associated with certain products and those that are certified by third parties as healthy.


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