Quad Cities Manufacturing lnnovation Hub Will Help Regional Manufacturers Grow

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Aug 11, 2015 10:09:12 AM

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has announced the official launch of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub. The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub will advance the area economy by helping regional manufacturers grow, diversify, and stay competitive.

"There’s a revolution underway in the manufacturing industry, and the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub is here to help small and medium firms sort through the new technologies available, determine the impact to their business, and decide how to implement the changes,” says Curt Burnett, Executive Director, Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub. "We are at a unique point in time with so many new product forms, materials, manufacturing processes, and the internet of things coming together on the shop floor. Over the next few years, the ability to deal with this change will produce winners and losers all over the globe. The Hub is working proactively to make this region a winner.”


Welcome the newest IMEC team members: Gretchen Clifton and Ashley Beaudoin

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jul 30, 2015 8:29:54 AM

Gretchen Clifton - Located in central Illinois, Gretchen has over 35 years of experience in manufacturing. She challenges her clients to enhance their knowledge and skills to continually improve their operations themselves. Gretchen provides management skills in auditing, quality, continual improvement, problem solving, coaching/training and manufacturing trouble shooting and she is experienced in implementing, auditing and certifying quality systems as well as mentoring project teams while finding problem resolutions.


Welcome the newest IMEC team member: Andy Cave

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jul 2, 2015 8:21:59 AM

IMEC is proud to announce Andy Cave as the newest Regional Manager to the team.  Andy will have primary responsibility serving the north and northwestern Chicagoland region.


Welcome the newest IMEC team members: Jesus Dominguez and Hong Rickett

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jun 16, 2015 2:43:55 PM

Jesus Dominguez, Technical Specialist - Based in Chicago, he brings bilingual skills (English and Spanish) and United State Marine Corps discipline to work in a high performance team helping companies implement actions to improve productivity and competitiveness.


SIU Releases Reshoring Report for Innovation and Growth

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on May 15, 2015 11:45:08 AM

Our partners at Southern Illinois University's Office of Economic and Regional Development recently compiled a report for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

"RESHORING An Opportunity for Innovation and Economic Growth in Southern Illinois" report is linked for your review.


Go Global in the Digital Age

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on May 4, 2015 1:45:54 PM

Taking on the International Market

Presented by Laurel Delaney, Founder & President of GlobeTrade.com

On May 28th, join IMEC, the SIUE International Trade Center and Small Business Development Center for a special presentation on "Go Global in the Digital Age". Register online by visiting commerce.cashnet.com/siuebus for only $15.

In order to remain competitive, businesses must be ready to adapt to the changing nature of the international trade environment. Global Small Business Blog creator Laurel Delaney will provide expert insight on export readiness and how to expand your business in a global market.


Caldwell Lifting Solutions Introduces New Dura-Lite Technology

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 11, 2015 8:25:43 AM

Dura-Lite™ Composite Lifting & Spreader Beams

The Caldwell Group has introduced a brand new Dura-Lite™ product technology in their new Composite Lifting and Spreader Beams in which durable composite materials are bonded together to form ultra-strong lifters. The lightweight products are engineered to withstand the demands of rugged environments while being easy to handle and transport. 


IMEC and ILPEx welcome two new team members

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 22, 2015 12:20:35 PM

With the merger of Illinois Performance Excellence and IMEC, the organizations welcome the addition of two new professionals to our staff.


IMEC welcomes two new Manufacturing Specialists to the Metro East

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 16, 2014 4:52:54 PM

IMEC is pleased to announce the addition of two new manufacturing specialists for the Metro East St. Louis region. As a Technical Specialist, Brad Rodgers will service Illinois manufacturers with his experience in lean and project management capabilities. Ryan Langdon, joining the team as a Regional Manager, will help ensure his background in continuous improvement implementation will sustain IMEC clients well into the future. Learn more...


Growth and Innovation for Manufacturers: IMEC Top Line Consulting

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Aug 26, 2014 1:04:45 PM

What happens after you’ve focused and improved upon the bottom line? You’ve already made strides to optimize the efficiency of your supply chain and internal production, emphasizing continuous improvement and identifying wastes; but now you need the revenue. What comes next? A new video from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) looks to share how Top Line improvements can drive growth and provide long term success.


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