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NIMS Training Video on Credentialing

January 12, 2015

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) provides credentials and uniformity of information between companies, instructors, employers, and workers. The new NIMS Credentialing 101 video is a tutorial for training programs that are new to NIMS testing. The 38 minute video covers credentialing “from A-to-Z” and provides instructions on every phase of testing. It […]

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New Products and Good Fun at CES 2015

January 9, 2015

What types¬†of products are being introduced at CES 2015 in Las Vegas this week? All kinds of fun and interesting new consumer electronics products, some of which are manufactured right here in Illinois. Stern Pinball of Melrose Park, IL is at the event to showcase its new WWE Wrestlemania pinball machine. The game features state-of […]

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Manufacturing Scholarship Available in Rockford Area – Act Now!

January 7, 2015

Women of Today’s Manufacturing is a nonprofit networking group for manufacturing professionals in the Rockford, IL area. The group is offering a scholarship to promote careers in manufacturing in the area. Applicants must reside in Ogle, Winnebago, Boone or Stephenson counties, or Rock County, WI. The student should plan to attend college, university, trade, or […]

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Opportunity for Certified Production Technicians at IVCC

January 6, 2015

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program at Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) offers great opportunity for students interested in manufacturing. Students, such as Everado Orozco of Mendota, IL, are seeing success as graduates of the school’s program. Everado graduated from the college’s CPT program in May 2014. He was quickly hired by Eakas and has […]

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Growth of Manufacturing in Illinois

January 6, 2015

In this article, Daniel Goff, of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, addresses some of the reasons that many global companies are opening new production, distribution, and sales offices in Illinois. Illinois is the largest exporting state in the midwest, and fifth largest in the nation. Many business incentives are in place, including […]

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Kishwaukee College Showcases Collision Repair Technology Excellence

December 23, 2014

On December 11, Kishwaukee College’s Collision Repair Technology (CRT) program hosted a contest for students of their CRT 114, Introduction to Coating and Painting class. The contest was to see who could provide the highest quality top coat painting and refinishing on an automotive hood. Judges included INAM (Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing) and Kishwaukee […]

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Danville Area Community College Dedicates New Advanced Manufacturing Expansion

December 21, 2014

Danville Area Community College (DACC) recently dedicated the new Julius Hegeler II Advanced Technology Center. The ceremony took place on December 10, and was attended by Hegeler, faculty, local dignitaries and community members. The event marked the completion of the 18-month expansion of the college’s technology complex. Hegeler’s $3 million gift helped expand lab spaces […]

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Surges in 3D Printing

December 20, 2014

This article details some of the exciting things happening in 3D printing. While the market for 3D printing is still growing, 2014 has seen a surge in innovation and investment in the technology. Spending on the technology reached $3.07 billion and is projected to continue to grow to reach $21 billion by 2020. Voxel8, a […]

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US Apparel Manufacturing on the Rise and Re-Shoring

December 19, 2014

The apparel manufacturing industry was one of the top three “re-shoring” US industries, making up 12% of cases of re-shoring businesses. Retailers, such as Wal-Mart, are already on-board to bring manufacturing back the the US with plans to buy an additional $50 billion in US goods by 2023. Contributing to this trend is the rise […]

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US Factory Output at Pre-Recession High

December 17, 2014

US Manufacturing output in November reached its highest pre-recession point (since Dec 2007). Total industrial production grew 1.3% to address increased demand for automotive, food, and products utilizing wood, plastics and rubber. Even in a generally down global market, manufacturing has continued to increase in the US, with 165,000 jobs added this year. Click here […]

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