DuPage Metals and Machinery Manufacturing event will be discussing the challenges many companies face in keeping DuPage County a world-class manufacturing center. By learning ways to support the existing talent, further development, and maintain retention of Metals and Machinery Manufacturing companies in the region, attendees will ensure DuPage County can retain its proper position in the global manufacturing landscape.
Coming in May, the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) will host it's third annual Mayors for Manufacturing event in conjunction with the Cook County "On the Table" initiative. This event will bring together mayors and other local elected officials with area manufacturers to discuss issues ranging from taxes to pensions and workers compensation - hot button issues for today's business leaders. Last year's Mayors for Manufacturing event saw more than two dozen elected officials and 60+ TMA members and guests at the College of DuPage.
The Monetary Value of Time
Why Traditional Accounting Systems Make Customers Wait
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 2:30 to 7 PM
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
East State Street & Bell School Road, Rockford
Rick Bastian, Blackhawk Bank Chairman & CEO: “I attended Joyce Warnacut’s presentation at the QRM conference and found her presentation to be eye opening and a challenge to my traditional understanding of manufacturing accounting. Now a college financial officer, she was a CFO at two manufacturing companies in Wisconsin that adopted QRM and put her methods and metrics into successful practice. It is a presentation that puts the power of QRM in perspective.”
"The Monetary Value of Time" presentation is indispensable for manufacturing CEOs, CFOs, GMs and Directors; CPAs, Business, Accounting and Finance Consultants, Advisors and Professors, and Economic Development Professionals. The framework presented will enable organizations to develop consistent measures and ensure that their cost accounting system isn’t motivating behaviors that add to lead time and make customers wait.
More than 70 manufacturers and partners attended the February 24th Manufacturing Matchmaking event in Sugar Grove. Hosted by IMEC, Chicago Metro Metals Consortium, Valley Industrial Association, and Kane and Kendall Counties, the buyer-supplier forum provides a low-pressure opportunity for manufacturers to connect with a variety of potential business partners in one location. From the very small to medium and large Illinois-based manufacturers, all of the participants are able to identify an opportunity for growth and/or new sales.
"We really enjoyed meeting other manufacturers and building a new network."
Skokie Smart Manufacturing Summit
November 4, 2015
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Social/Networking/Tours: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Illinois Science + Technology Park (IS + TP)
8045 Lamon Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
Technology advances are increasingly changing the way products are designed and produced. The Village of Skokie is hosting an informational event on November 4, 2015 to bring together thought leaders and local business owners to discuss ‘smart manufacturing’ technologies and share ideas about collaborating in preparation for the next age of industrial design and production. The goals of the summit are to provide:
- A broad overview of technology trends that impact product design, customization and production
- Practical information regarding software and hardware capabilities and information about how manufacturers are adopting new processes
- Insights into workforce development and training resources
The latest Manufacturing Matchmaking event brought together more than 35 organizations focused on manufacturing competitiveness yesterday.
Manufacturing firms represented capabilities in industries like automotive, medial devices, military and defense, mining, aerospace, construction equipment and many more. Participating manufacturers were hoping to identify future sales or procurement opportunities with others in attendance and many positive interactions were reported through initial evaluations.
April 30th marked the first annual MFG Day event for the Freeport area manufacturing community and local schools. Eleven area businesses opened their doors for manufacturing-focused tours including Berner Foods, Hunter Haven, TR Machine, Honeywell, Adkins Energy, Anpec Industries, TriStar Metals, Titan Tire, Danfoss, Modern Plating, and Protocutter.
"Freeport’s MFG Day was a great success! It was exciting to see area manufacturers, students, and resource providers interacting and discussing career opportunities that exist in our backyards," said Chris Blumhoff, IMEC Regional Manager.
On April 8, the Rota Skipper Corporation/Pizzamatic Corp., a family owned, third generation manufacturer in South Holland hosted the Board of Directors of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and IMEC to tour their facilities.
“Make Your Career Here” scheduled for April 30, 2015
Northern Illinois communities are jumping onboard with a new, spring launch of the MFG Day program for students and community members in the area. Twelve employers will provide tours to students from seven area schools including Dakota, Durand, Freeport, Orangeville, Pearl City, and Pecatonica. Each school will tour two locations.
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) conference: Today’s Challenge Tomorrow’s Reward (TCTR) focuses on providing educational and skill building workshops, best practices, and networking opportunities to statewide DBE firms. The overall goal is to help advance the firm’s skill set and knowledge in order to increase their competitiveness and opportunities for work on federally funded highway contracts.
TCTR has been held for over a decade, addresses FHWA goals, and is always well attended by minority and women owned firms in construction, trucking, engineering, professional consulting, and design. DBE Supportive Service consultants are on site to provide both management and technical assistance to certified DBE firms during the conference. Workshops are provided covering topics such as estimating and bidding, deletion of quantities, project management, erosion control, advanced financing, social media marketing, and much more. The conference concludes with an awards luncheon recognizing outstanding firms throughout the state.