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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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...

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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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IMEC welcomes two new Regional Managers to the Metro East

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jul 2, 2014 3:30:19 PM

Welcome the newest members of the IMEC team, Lisa Kenney and Doug Moehle

Doug Moehle comes to IMEC with more than 28 years of experience in Operations Management and Quality Assurance, primarily from the metal stamping industry. With extensive experience in all facets of operations and quality including the implementation of Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement and Quality Assurance systems, Doug is proficient at converting customer needs and business objectives into operational strategies. Specific skills and expertise include operations leadership, six sigma, lean product development, TPM, planning and scheduling, capacity modeling, budgeting and cost control, and safety improvements.

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Hitachi Foundation previews upcoming Chicago workforce initiative at SIPI Metals

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jul 2, 2014 10:34:43 AM

Excerpt from The Hitachi Foundation blog. The Hitachi Foundation is partnering with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), and several local funders through the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance to launch a new initiative aimed at growing the number of high-quality manufacturing jobs in the Chicago region. 

From Scrap Metal to Precious Metal: Chicago's SIPI Metals Creates Great Products and Great Jobs

Chicago has been at the epicenter of American manufacturing throughout the 20th century. Today 3,700 firms account for more than 100,000 jobs and over $30 billion in annual sales. Despite its endurance, the Chicagoland manufacturing sector faces challenges - securing a skilled workforce, adapting to new technologies, and bringing innovative products to market. To strengthen its position for the future, the region will need to build on lessons from what works among exemplary firms like SIPI Metals Corporation.

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Is your company's market position helping you flourish or flounder?

Posted by IMEC on Jun 23, 2014 1:00:45 PM

Global competition, OEM pricing, delivery and quality demands, and other threats to a profitable market position require more strategic marketing plans that focus on the right products and services reaching the right customers in the right way at the right time. Without planning, success can be a result of luck.

Companies need to have a balanced distribution of profitable customers, products and sales methods focused on value to the customer, and a position in the marketplace that supports their strategic plan.

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