Freeport Area Manufacturers Host First Annual MFG Day

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 30, 2015 10:00:12 AM

“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.


Today's Challenge, Tomorrow's Reward: 2015 DBE Conference

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 6, 2015 9:30:57 AM

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.


Crain's Midwest Manufacturers Summit - Feb 26th

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 6, 2015 9:03:55 AM

Crain's Midwest Manufacturers Summit

Aimed at Senior Management of Manufacturing Companies

February 26, 2015

7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Ritz-Carlton, 160 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL

On February 26th, Crain's will host the region's premiere educational and networking event focusing on the Midwest's vital manufacturing sector. Topics will include manufacturing for growth, Midwest competitiveness and cooperation, innovation, global supply chain and workforce development.


National Economic Outlook for Manufacturers & Wholesalers

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Sep 5, 2014 12:42:49 PM

In honor of National Manufacturing Day and the health of an American industrial economy, PNC will host their annual National Economic Outlook for Manufacturers and Wholesalers on October 2, 2014.
Join us as PNC Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman provides an economic update for U.S. manufacturers and wholesalers. The outlook will be comprehensive in nature, but will also describe regional trends and how to access detailed regional data.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Pace of recovery
  • Jobs/unemployment
  • Housing markets
  • Interest rates
  • Inflation
  • Economic risk factors

Register online. The complimentary webinar presentation will begin streaming nationwide at 10:00AM Eastern Standard Time.


2014 Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo is coming up!

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Aug 12, 2014 12:00:51 PM

The Made In Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo hosted by the Village of Elk Grove is exclusive to the manufacturing community. The Expo provides attendees from around the Midwest a unique opportunity to connect, collaborate, and cultivate relationships with Elk Grove-based manufacturing companies. The event successfully connects procurement, supply chain, and similar reps from companies across the region with Elk Grove manufacturers and their valuable offerings.

Imagine the Unites States’ largest industrial park under one roof!


Southern Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (SIOSH) Day is Oct 30th

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jul 9, 2014 10:00:43 AM

Written by Lori Amerman, IMEC Operations Coordinator and OSHA Authorized Trainer

The Southern Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (SIOSH) Day conference will be on October 30th in Carterville, Illinois.  We are excited to announce a full line up of presentations from the U.S. Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health programs.

A series of blogs will be produced to share resources on the topics to be presented.  This should help prepare company safety teams to gain a better understanding of tools available and prepare staff.



2014 Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Summit

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jul 7, 2014 9:34:20 AM

In January 2013, Walmart announced a ten-year plan to spend an additional $250 billion on U.S. made products. A key upcoming event for this initiative is the 2014 U.S. Manufacturing Summit, to be held August 14-15 in Denver, Colorado. The Summit addresses the challenges that some suppliers have identified in finding key domestic "value chain providers" – those that make and sell materials, components, technologies, or services to manufacturing possible – for their products.


Walmart Made in USA Open Call

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on May 14, 2014 2:06:08 PM

Over the next 10 years, Walmart will spend an additional $250 billion on U.S.-made products as part of its commitment to domestic manufacturing and American jobs. With this Walmart Made in USA initiative top of mind, Walmart will be hosting the first ever domestic manufacturing Open Call Summit on July 8th in Bentonville, Arkansas.


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