Illinois is on the Upswing, Governor Quinn Visits Local Manufacturer

May 17, 2014

Unemployment in Illinois, at 7.9%, is now at the lowest point in five years. To announce the numbers, and to discuss “Illinois’ comeback”, Governor Quinn visited local manufacturer, United Gasket Corporation. The Cicero company, which manufactures custom die cut parts for automobiles, has experienced growth over the last three years and is expanding into markets […]

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Harper’s new “Computer Classroom on Wheels”

May 16, 2014

As part of the Advanced Manufacturing grant, Harper received federal funds to purchase and convert a recreational vehicle into a mobile testing center — “mobile” being the operative word. This state-of-the art mobile unit can travel to various companies to provide testing for employees on certain manufacturing exams or provide online assessments, small group instruction, […]

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American Made Movie – Named Official Movie for Manufacturing Day 2014

May 13, 2014

The documentary film American Made Movie is about manufacturers, both large and small, who have seen success in producing their materials locally. On Manufacturing Day, taking place on October 3, hundreds of local manufacturers will host tours of their facilities and show screenings of the film. This is a great opportunity for students to meet […]

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Illinois Valley Community College offering Manufacturers Scholarship in Fall 2014

May 12, 2014

Students considering a career in manufacturing could be eligible for a $1,500 scholarship to Illinois Valley Community College next fall. Students enrolling full-time in next fall’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificate program can apply for up to 10 awards for the fall semester through the newly created Illinois Valley Manufacturers Scholarship. Recent high school graduates, […]

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Manufacturing Growth

May 5, 2014

Check out this article featured in Progress Illinois showing that US manufacturing is continuing to grow, and doing so at a faster rate as the year progresses. Contributing to this growth is an increase in exports, greater consumer and business spending, and demand for new manufacturing hires. This is certainly great news in an otherwise […]

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Is a Four-Year Degree Still the Right Way to Go?

May 1, 2014

Fox News’ Rebuilding America segment has an interesting new video addressing this question. According to the piece, many with expensive four-year degrees are graduating with excessive debt and no solid opportunities available to them in the marketplace. With 48% of grads working jobs that did not require a four-year degree, with 600,000 jobs in the […]

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College of Dupage to Create Advanced Digital Manufacturing Center

April 23, 2014

By Joseph Moore College of DuPage is preparing to roll out DuPage County’s newest advanced manufacturing training and development resource. The Advanced Digital Manufacturing Center will provide expertise, technology and space to meet current and emerging, highly sophisticated technical training needs. The College recently announced that it will retrofit classrooms this summer to add dedicated […]

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What Manufacturing Means to America

April 8, 2014

[youtube id=”OJo1xlppqzg” ] The NAM has produced a video to show young people across America that there is a future in manufacturing. You know through your work that manufacturing is making a comeback, and we want the next generation to get excited about the opportunities ahead.

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Marmen Energy Wants You!

April 7, 2014

Ready to start your career? Limited experience? Eager to expand your knowledge? Marmen Energy, located in Brandon, South Dakota, is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of equipment for wind power, hydropower, steam and gas turbines, oil and gas production, mining, aviation, and more. Marmen is currently looking for welders and industrial maintenance workers to […]

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