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Minority Businesses Keep the “Made in America” Brand Strong

Created on September 26, 2014   Recent studies have shown that the pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rise. Minority businesses are playing an integral part in that growth and are helping to keep the &ldq… Read more at: MBDA Syndicated News Feed

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7 Common Profit Leaks and Cost Savings Opportunities

The following are a number of common cost improvement opportunities that I have witnessed when working with my various clients. This list, by no means, covers all the potential situations where unnecessary costs may exist and savings are possible but it is a good starting point. My hope is that what I have shared here […]

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SIOSH October 30th – OSHA Fatality Study

Written by Lori Amerman, IMEC Operations Coordinator and OSHA Authorized Trainer 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. Southern Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day Register online! At […]

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Safety and Health

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

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 […]

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Make it in America

2014 Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Summit

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 […]

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Hitachi Foundation previews upcoming Chicago workforce initiative at SIPI Metals

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 […]

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Market Position

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

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 […]

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Megan Falconer

Continuous Improvement Specialist Brings Knowledge and Enthusiasm to IMEC Clients

Welcome the newest member of the IMEC team, CI specialist serving the Greater Chicagoland area… Megan Falconer, a Technical Specialist with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, has four years of manufacturing experience as a Product Engineer, Materials Coordinator, Quality Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, and Process Engineer in both the steel and plastics industries.  APICS certified, Megan has […]

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