Mechatronics Technology Certificate at COD

February 5, 2015

To help prepare for the estimated 100 million new interdisciplinary jobs that will be created this century, College of DuPage (COD) will now offer a new Mechatronics Technology certificate. This program will provide students with multidisciplinary skills in mechanics, electronics, industrial electronics, and computer control. The certificate was created as an entry-level credential that will help students […]

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The Strong Position of Illinois in Manufacturing

February 3, 2015

This article addresses the many strengths, as well as a few weaknesses, seen in Illinois’ manufacturing sector. The state ranks fourth in the nation for industrial jobs. The 542,000 positions are located in 14,000 facilities throughout the state, have a combined payroll of $28 billion per year, and produce 10% of Illinois’ gross product. Many […]

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10 Supply Chain and Manufacturing Predictions for 2015

January 30, 2015

This press release from Software AG, a business solutions provider, discusses 10 predictions they foresee for supply chain and manufacturing in 2015. Manufacturers will add more high quality sensing technology, more automation, and local fabrication. Their predictions include: the Internet of Things (IoT) will provide high visibility for supply chains; increased automation; real-time demand fulfillment; re-shoring; […]

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Middle-Market Illinois Companies Ready for Growth

January 28, 2015

This article addresses the ways that middle-market companies in Illinois are positioning for growth in 2015. These companies have an annual revenue between $10 million and $1 billion, and they are one of the best places to look to reflect what is happening with the economy. They are traditionally cautious regarding investment, but their plans […]

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Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance Receives Grant for Manufacturing Training

January 26, 2015

A $1.2 million state grant has been awarded to the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance. This will be used to offer free training to over 100 people in several high-demand areas of manufacturing, including industrial machinery service, welding, repair, assembly, and more. The grant covers Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, and DeKalb Counties. Click here to watch the […]

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Community Colleges Can Help Rebuild the Middle Class

January 24, 2015

This article outlines some important steps that will be necessary to rebuild our currently shrinking middle class. Some of the problems facing industries such as manufacturing are: competition from other countries, a skills gap between need and talent, and a younger workforce reluctant to enter the field. The article states that we must “out-skill” the […]

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PartyLite Opening Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Batavia

January 22, 2015

Blyth, Inc is a leading international designer of candles, accessories, fragrance, household convenience items, and personalized gifts. The company is set to open a new Global Center of Excellence for its PartyLite division in Batavia, IL. PartyLite concentrates on the design and manufacture of candles, accessories and fragrance, and will be moving to Batavia from […]

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New Training Approach to Attract Millennials to Manufacturing

January 18, 2015

According to the Manufacturing Institute, 2.7 million manufacturing professionals will retire in the next 8 years, and the replacement workforce is not yet there. Part of the issue is the need to update the misconception of manufacturing as being a “dirty job in a dirty place”, and to show its potential as a highly-skilled career […]

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3D Printed Car Debuts at NAIAS 2015

January 16, 2015

The 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is now underway in Detroit, MI and will continue until Jan 25. One of the exciting things being shown is the Strati, the first in a line of 3D-printed cars from Local Motors. The company will completely print and assemble a full car right from the show […]

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Another Illinois Manufacturing Company Expansion

January 14, 2015

Stertil-Koni is a major manufacturer of heavy duty bus and truck lifts. The Streator, IL company is now set to expand over another 4.5 acres of land to add to its production plant. Construction is set to begin in the spring and will be completed in late 2015. The expanded facility will be used to […]

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