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Illinois CPA Shares Expert View on How New Interest Write-Off Rule Will Affect Manufacturers

Posted by Simone Erskine on Dec 20, 2018 1:48:05 PM

This is an original article written by Lydia O'Neal.

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The Fundamentals to Begin a Lean Transformation

Posted by Simone Erskine on Dec 13, 2018 2:29:03 PM

Lean manufacturing techniques are proven to eliminate wastes in manufacturing processes, leading to sustained improved efficiencies and systems. However, it is important for organizations to understand that lean manufacturing is more than just a set of tools, but it is also an attitude that begins with the culture. It is a continuous improvement process that requires discipline from everyone in the organization - a lean company culture. For that to occur, the principles & benefits of lean manufacturing must be understood by those involved in the manufacturing process.

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Team Spotlight - Ashley Beaudoin

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 28, 2018 10:12:00 AM

 Ashley is a technical specialist who has been creating competitive futures across Illinois with IMEC for the last 3.5 Years. She brings 8 years of employee engagement and leadership development expertise to the team, as well as her passion for people.

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Help us Welcome Marketing Manager, Kristy Johns and Regional Manager, Johnny Him to the IMEC Team

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 27, 2018 8:37:25 AM

IMEC is proud to announce the addition of a marketing manager and a regional manager to our growing team of improvement specialist. Both of our new team members are enthusiastic and eager to help create competitive futures in Illinois.

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The Skills Gap Isn't The Only Workforce Challenge

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 7, 2018 11:25:15 AM

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

We talk extensively about the “skills gap” facing manufacturing. The problem is this only partially true. Yes, there's a deficit in our skilled trades pipeline, and as employers, educators, and communities, we need to rally around the value of skilled trades, and support the growth of this critical workforce - starting in junior high and beyond. Yet, there's another gap that mid-market manufacturing is facing - The Strategic Gap - and it has many facets.
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Facilitating a Successful Employee Engagement Survey: 5 Lessons Learned on Leveraging Organizational Success

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 5, 2018 11:23:14 AM

Written by Ashley Beaudoin, IMEC Technical Specialist 

Are you planning to implement, or have you recently deployed, an employee engagement survey to your workforce? Are you unsure of what to do next or are seeing little to no improvement? From my involvement with companies as they implement and evaluate aspects pertaining to engagement levels, I have witnessed many hurdles and successes. Based upon my findings, here are five lessons I have learned for leveraging organizational success through an employee engagement survey.
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Team Spotlight- Rick Winkler

Posted by Simone Erskine on Oct 29, 2018 12:37:24 PM

 

Since joining IMEC 8 years ago as a technical specialist, Rick has used his expertise in lean enterprise, engineering and continuous improvement to drive productivity and competitiveness across Illinois. He brings over 35 years of relevant industry experience to the team.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Cybersecurity Professional

Posted by Simone Erskine on Oct 18, 2018 12:41:37 PM

This is an original article by Kathleen Martin, MEP's IT Security Officer and a Certified Information System Security Professional.

Almost weekly we hear about another company or organization that has fallen victim to a cyber-attack. We know cybercriminals are more persistent and we need to be more diligent about protecting information.

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Share Manufacturing Day Through Social Media

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 28, 2018 3:25:11 PM

 This is an original article from the MFG Day blog.

 The 7th annual celebration of modern manufacturing is upon us - October 5, 2018! Over 100 event hosts have already registered in Illinois, and are finalizing presentations and preparing to host attendees. All of this activity is taking place behind the scenes, as we get ready for the Manufacturing Day events that will commence on October 5th, 2018, continuing throughout the month of October.

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Team Spotlight- Maria Moran

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 28, 2018 1:20:31 PM

 

With over 20 years in the industry, Maria joined the IMEC team 2 years ago as a regional manager. Her expertise as a business leader with a passion for strategic change, proves to be an asset as she works with Illinois manufacturers to realize their visions into actionable plans, helping to create their competitive futures.

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