Corporate Social Responsibility – Why Nike and Others Are Re-Using, Recycling and Refurbishing Products for Sale

Posted by IMEC on Aug 16, 2021 2:31:59 PM

Written by Travis Epp and Lise Stewart of EisnerAmper.

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and its flipside—environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) practices—stand to be some of the most defining criteria for businesses since the introduction of quality standards. Any business seeking investors, wishing to sell, wanting to attract young and talented team members, or looking to improve its standing in the eyes of customers will need to pay close attention to the array of practices that make up this way of doing business. 

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Talent Acquisition:  What is your Strategy?

Posted by Glenn Edwards on Jul 22, 2021 1:35:13 PM

“I can’t find people!"

This is without a doubt a common challenge for companies today. Challenges do not go away on their own. As leaders we must develop strategies to use available tools and resources to overcome the challenges. In most key areas of business there are strategic plans. The activities are planned, monitored, and managed to ensure the best results and minimize business impacts.

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Talk is the Technology of Leadership

Posted by Stacey Curry on Jul 12, 2021 1:11:15 PM

I like this quote from Jeanne Liedtka, design thinking guru: “talk is the technology of leadership.” It is one of those quotes that came to me at a perfect time, and often I find myself reflecting on its meaning as it relates to leadership coaching practices.

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Manufacturing Execution Systems: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Posted by IMEC on Jun 17, 2021 1:07:58 PM

This article is written by Chuck Werner,  Manager of Operational Excellence at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center - part of the MEP National Network, and originally published in IndustryWeek.

Smart Manufacturing is the manufacturing of the future, and, at its core, works to save time, money, and resources. One valuable tool in the move toward Smart or Smart(er) Manufacturing is the implementation of a manufacturing execution system. A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an automated system that utilizes real-time data to assist you in measuring how your production equates with financial performance.

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A Deeper Dive into the Bradley-IMEC Relationship

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Jun 16, 2021 1:28:14 PM

As the host university for IMEC, Bradley University has a unique relationship with us and with the Illinois manufacturing community. In order to take a deeper dive into how Bradley and manufacturing go hand-in-hand, we sat down virtually with one of our newest board members, Erin Kastberg, who also happens to the be Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Bradley University.

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Cybersecurity Resources for Manufacturers

Posted by IMEC on Jun 8, 2021 5:30:17 PM

Cyber risk is a clear and present danger to manufacturers. The threat is real and the impact can be damaging to a manufacturer’s reputation, operations and finances. Is your company doing everything possible to prevent cyber attacks?

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Do This One Thing to Increase Sales Revenue and Profits

Posted by IMEC on May 10, 2021 4:42:15 PM

This article is written by Mark Allen Roberts, CEO and Founder of OTB Solution sand first appeared in Soar to Success Magazine.

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New Tax Credit to Fully Offset the Cost for Small Businesses Who Provide Paid Leave for Employees to Get Vaccinated

Posted by IMEC on Apr 23, 2021 11:08:17 AM


 
Today, President Biden called on employers across America to do everything they can to help their employees – and their communities – get vaccinated. As part of that effort, President Biden is calling on every employer in America to offer full pay to their employees for any time off needed to get vaccinated and for any time it takes to recover from the after-effects of vaccination. Now is the time to step up our efforts to reach every working-age adult in America, and today’s announcement to help employers offset the cost of paid time off is an important step in getting America’s workforce vaccinated.
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Beyond Prototyping: Scaling up to Additive Manufacturing for Production

Posted by IMEC on Apr 8, 2021 8:42:32 AM

This is an original article from Fast Radius.

Most are well-acquainted with additive manufacturing (AM) — as a rapid prototyping tool, at least. And while many companies believe and perpetuate the myth that AM is only a prototyping tool, innovators in a range of markets (e.g., aerospace, healthcare, consumer goods and more) are already using AM for production-grade manufacturing when design, performance and cost factors align.

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Get to Know the IMEC Board of Directors: Marcia Ayala

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Mar 30, 2021 4:09:09 PM

One of IMEC’s newest board members Marcia Ayala sat down with us (virtually) to tell us a little bit more about herself. Ayala is the President of Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., a textile processing operation right here in Illinois that has been around since the 1880s.

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