Client Success in Strategy Implementation: Greenwood Plastics

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 4, 2018 1:18:18 PM

Greenwood Plastics Industries is a woman-owned, fourth generation manufacturer serving custom thermoforming needs and the deathcare industry since the early 1970s. As a true contributor to the Danville community, it was important for GPI to continue to improve their business processes, making the company a great home for employees and a leader in customer service for the next generation.

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Avoiding Disruption Through Change

Posted by Marketing Support on Nov 17, 2017 11:00:07 AM

Written by Andrea Olson, MSC and CEO of Prag’madik

We all know change is inevitable. There's also been a lot of talk, especially in the manufacturing sector, about impending disruptions, or creating disruption to transform the industry. No one wants to be disrupted, or caught off guard when something new comes along and upends your business. You can't predict the future, but you can protect your organization from disruption through change.

What do we mean by change? Change doesn't have to be massive. Change can be small. Incremental. Change is the basis for which every successful business operates. Finding new ways to do things simpler, faster, and easier. Identifying and acting upon new customer and market needs. Modernizing the way you do business. Staying open to new ideas.

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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.

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Common misconceptions for aligning Total Productive Maintenance with your business strategy

Posted by Marketing Support on Jul 10, 2017 1:48:49 PM

Written by Roger Shrum, IMEC Regional Manager

Recently in conversation with manufacturers I have fielded questions about Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and what it might do for their business. It is eye opening for me to realize many manufacturing leaders are unclear about TPM and how it serves as a strategic element of the robust Lean program many clients believe they have deployed.  Several key reasons exist for this disconnect. The following explores those reasons and offers suggestions to overcome the misconceptions.

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10 Suggestions for Facility Layout

Posted by Marketing Support on Jul 5, 2017 12:00:24 PM

Written by Scott Czysz, IMEC Technical Specialist

“10 Commandments of Facility Layout” has more punch, but when it comes to facility layout, very little is written in stone. Compromise is needed almost every step of the way; this does not mean there should not be a structured approach to facility layout and design. In fact, a structured approach is even more important when there is so much uncertainty and compromise.

The suggestions below are written with factory layout in mind - moving to a new facility, or rearranging your existing facility.  Many of these suggestions can also apply to smaller scale department or cell layout, office layout, or even the layout of your dream home or home workshop.

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How Can We Make Our Strategic Planning More Efficient and Effective?

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 24, 2017 9:00:06 AM

Written by Steve Barnhart, IMEC Technical Specialist

There really is no secret sauce to conducting an effective strategic planning process. You need to develop a strategy and you have to execute on that strategy. The hard work is the creative exercise of building the vision and bringing it to life with processes and measurable results. Here are a set of questions to help you think through developing your strategy and implementing your strategy. How many of these questions can you answer clearly? And, how many of them can you answer with evidence (proof and results)?

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Metro Chicago Exports - Your navigator in the path to exporting

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 7, 2016 2:38:30 PM

What does Metro Chicago Exports Do?

Building Connections. Through our network of service providers and other partners, Metro Chicago Exports provides vetted referrals to help companies hit the ground running with an exporting strategy.

In 2016 Metro Chicago Exports established partnerships with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), U.S. Commercial Service, and Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank).

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Report: The Future of Manufacturing

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Nov 9, 2016 8:46:54 AM

Recently, IndustryWeek Custom Research and Kronos Incorporated released a new manufacturing industry report titled "The Future of Manufacturing: 2020 and Beyond".  The report explores the current and future states of the manufacturing industry and focuses on the strategic management and technological priorities required for manufacturing competitiveness in the years ahead.

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Metro Chicago Exports and IMEC seek manufacturers for ExporTech cohort

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Sep 30, 2016 11:43:44 AM

Calling all manufacturers with an eye on global sales!

Are you re-actively selling to international customers who find you, rather than taking a proactive and strategic approach to international sales?

Are you struggling to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets?
If YES… ExporTech could be the answer.

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IMEC and Metro Chicago Exports partner for manufacturing access to export assistance

Posted by Marketing Support on Apr 1, 2016 2:02:18 PM

Are you struggling to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets?

Are you re-actively selling to international customers who find you, rather than taking a proactive and strategic approach to international sales?

If YES... ExporTech could be the answer. 

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