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Harper Hosts Manufacturer Summit 2015

February 26, 2015

There are many opportunities in advanced manufacturing for skilled workers. Harper College will host the 2015 Manufacturer Summit which brings together top industry experts to discuss these opportunities as well as the state of the industry. Presented by the Schaumburg Business Association, this event will feature a panel of experts in the fields of education, […]

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A New Wave for 3D Printed Electronics

February 24, 2015

Recent research by a team made up of professionals from University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Illinois Institute of Technology has demonstrated a way that semiconductors could be soldered together using a new solder material, 3D printed and display the proper electronic performance. The new solder is made up of cadmium, lead, and […]

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Small Increase in Illinois Manufacturing Jobs

February 23, 2015

According to Manufacturers’ News, Inc’s 2015 Illinois Manufacturers Directory, jobs in the state are on the rise. It is a small increase, and not without some issues, but it is an increase nonetheless. Between Nov of 2013 and Nov of 2014, Illinois has added 2,397 jobs, an increase¬†of a half percent. This is behind the […]

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College of DuPage Offers New Welding Certificate

February 22, 2015

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 6% increase in metalworking positions over the next 10 years. College of DuPage (COD) will help meet the demand by offering a new welding certificate. The certificate was developed with American Welding Society (AWS) and provides AWS Level 1 training. The certificate is a 17 hour program with […]

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Non-profit Group to Help Illinois Manufacturing

February 21, 2015

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), a non-profit organization which helps manufacturing companies to improve their productivity and competitiveness, has established a new location. The group has opened an office in the Madison County Community Development (MCCD) building in Edwardsville, IL. This move will help the IMEC to establish a stronger presence in Southwestern Illinois where […]

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Manufacturing Skills Needed in Illinois

February 19, 2015

Statistics show that Illinois manufacturing jobs declined 5.7% last year. This is due in large part to the lack of skilled workers available to fill open positions. William Stuflick, Dean of Career, Technical and Health Education at John Wood Community College, says “We constantly hear from businesses that they need a skilled workforce. Whether it’s […]

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Chocolate Company Expands Manufacturing in Chicago

February 17, 2015

Barry Callebaut Group, the word’s leading manufacturer of high quality chocolate, will lease space in the manufacturing facility and acquire the manufacturing assets of World’s Finest Chocolate in Chicago. This is to establish a new manufacturing base and stronger footprint in the midwest. Deliveries from the new manufacturing base will begin on March 1. Barry […]

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Fish Processing Plant to Move to Beardstown, IL

February 16, 2015

Kencor Ethnic Foods, a Wisconsin-based fish processing plant, is likely to move to Beardstown, IL this summer. A preliminary Beardstown city council straw vote showed that the city would be in favor of the move. An official city proposal will be made to Kencor, and the council will vote officially at its next session on […]

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Manufacturing Opportunities in Central Illinois

February 13, 2015

A new skills gap survey was performed to reflect the hiring status of companies in central Illinois. The No Job Left Behind initiative conducted the survey. The initiative facilitates partnerships between manufacturing and education to help bridge the skills gap with a new wave of skilled and trained professionals. The survey found that in Coles, […]

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Illinois Company Voted Among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

February 9, 2015

Field, a global distributor of fasteners and small components located in Machesney Park, IL was recently listed among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. The company was a People’s Pick for “15 Great Places to Work in Manufacturing and Production.” Field was chosen for the list due to its people-focused culture based on […]

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