Five Welding Scholarships Available at Illinois Valley Community College

December 15, 2014

Enbridge, a leading energy supplier, recently donated $5,000 to Illinois Valley Community College. The money will be used by the college’s welding program to fund five scholarships of $1,000. The hope is that the donation will encourage more students to consider studying to begin careers in welding. Click here to read the full My Web Times […]

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Industry Week’s Five Manufacturing Trends for 2015

December 14, 2014

This Industry Week article outlines five trends that will change the manufacturing industry, globally, in 2015. Changes to supply chain dynamics, consumer expectations, time-to-market, global competition, internet and mobile interaction mean that manufacturers need to accelerate their production cycles, selling products faster and at more competitive rates. The trends we should expect include use of […]

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University of Illinois Students Design Wheelchair and Start New Company

December 12, 2014

A new wheelchair design has been developed by two former U of I students. Seeing an opportunity to provide wheelchair users with more efficient operation, Marissa Siebel and Scott Daigle developed a new design. This wheelchair uses gears similar to a bike to improve mobility and speed. A fellow student, and wheelchair user, Joshua George, was […]

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Richland Community College Opens Workforce Institute

December 11, 2014

Richland Community College in Decatur, IL has just opened a new Workforce Institute. The institute is a new, $16 million, 45,000 square foot expansion that will house various programs. These programs will provide students with “portable” work skills, education and certifications to benefit their careers. Click here to watch the report on WICS News Channel […]

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New Zealand Invests in Skokie’s LanzaTech

December 9, 2014

The New Zealand government is funding Skokie-based LanzaTech with a new $60 million investment. LanzaTech converts waste gases into useful chemicals and fuels, such as ethanol. The company, started in New Zealand, is now headquartered in Skokie, IL. It shares a $500 million, 23 acre bioscience campus with other biofuel companies. Click here to read […]

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JWCC Hosting Supply Chain Seminar

December 5, 2014

John Wood Community College (JWCC) in Quincy, IL and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) are hosting a half-day Supply Chain Optimization seminar to discuss functionality, fundamentals, and theory of supply chains in manufacturing. The event is open to the public. The cost of the event is $99, and includes a light lunch. Wed, December 10 […]

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US Secretary of Commerce in Chicago to Discuss Future of Manufacturing

December 5, 2014

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is in Chicago Monday, December 1, to discuss the future of manufacturing. A major part of the discussion will be the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) being built on Goose Island. The institute will become a key resource for the development of new ideas and the bringing of those […]

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American Manufacturing is Up

December 3, 2014

According to this Wall Street Journal article, US manufacturing is doing well, and is on route to providing the base for a strong 2015. October numbers were up and matched a three year high, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) index of manufacturing activity. The rating for the month rose from 56.6 to […]

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John Wood Community College Celebrates 40 Years

November 28, 2014

John Wood Community College is celebrating its 40th year of providing higher education to students in West Central Illinois. This article details how the college has provided benefits to students, area businesses in need of specific skills, and the local economy as a whole. The college’s career and technology programs help students to learn skills […]

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Morrisville “Hardware Store” Offers Space to Develop New Ideas

November 26, 2014

Bi-Link, a contract manufacturer in Bloomingdale, IL, is offering an interesting new venue for professionals who want to develop new ideas. Their “Hardware Store” is a 2,000 square foot space where design engineers and entrepreneurs can go to work on ideas, tinker, and further develop their designs. This great resource is not intended for hobbyists, […]

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