Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast on US Industrial Outlook Report

September 28, 2015

The latest Manufacturing Talk Radio podcast discusses the US Industrial Outlook Report. The guest is Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies at the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation. The discussion includes information on economic indicators, employment trends, global competitiveness, industrial economics, and macroeconomic conditions. Click here for more information and to access the […]

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INAM MFG Day 2015 Events

September 24, 2015

Manufacturing Day is October 2 and Illinois will host many great events throughout the entire month. Following is a list of all INAM (Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing) related events: John Wood Community College Manufacturing Expo Quincy, IL September 25 12:00pm – 2:00pm During the expo, participants will learn about the new technology used in […]

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Prairie State College Opens New Maker Lab

September 24, 2015

Prairie State College recently opened its SouthWorks MakerLab. The lab was created through the partnership and joint efforts of INAM (Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing) and SouthWorks MakerLab Network. The Chicago Heights lab houses 3D printers and scanners, welders, electronics, mills, lathes, and prototyping equipment. These can be used for a variety of interests and […]

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Etsy Opens Doors for Manufacturers and Makers

September 23, 2015

Etsy, the handmade marketplace, has updated its operating policies to allow designers and sellers to work with small manufacturers and makers through its new Manufacturing Marketplace. This new forum allows sellers to work with small scale manufacturers that operate according to Etsy’s guidelines for responsible manufacturing, focusing on authorship and transparency. Partnerships between designers, production, and […]

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Senator Durbin Visits TMA in Schaumburg

September 22, 2015

US Senator Dick Durbin recently visited the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) of Illinois in Schaumburg. Durbin toured the training facilities and classrooms and met with manufacturing students, faculty, and professionals. He said “TMA is a leading voice for manufacturing … these workforce initiatives are helping close the skills gap and are preparing a new generation […]

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US Dept of Education’s Johan Uvin Visits ECC to Highlight Accelerating Opportunity Programs

September 21, 2015

Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Education Johan Uvin recently visited Elgin Community College (ECC). The visit focused on ECC’s Accelerating Opportunity Programs for welding, computer numerical control (CNC) operation, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), integrated systems maintenance technology (IST), and other career-based programs. Click here for more information on ECC’s Accelerating Opportunity Programs in Advanced Manufacturing.

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Southwestern Illinois Leaders Look to High School Students to Study for Manufacturing Careers

September 18, 2015

Southwestern Illinois area business leaders and educators are trying to encourage high school students to consider careers in manufacturing. The area is anticipating a skills gap of 1,500-3,000 open manufacturing jobs over the next five years due to a retiring workforce and manufacturing growth. Madison County Regional Superintendent Bob Daiber said, “we are looking at […]

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Manufacturing Talk Radio Podcast on Lean Manufacturing

September 17, 2015

The latest Manufacturing Talk Radio podcast deals with lean manufacturing. Christian Koestler, Vice President of Operations at STIHL, Inc., and Michael Daly, Director of Operations for Hypertherm, discuss lean processes and elimination of waste and overburdened systems. Also included in the episode is a discussion on Purchasing Managers Index reports. Click here to access the podcast.

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IMA Presents $25,000 Scholarship to Richard J. Daley College

September 16, 2015

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) recently awarded Richard J. Daley College with $25,000 to be used towards scholarships for students interested in pursuing an education in manufacturing. The college’s program offers training in computer-integrated manufacturing, robotics, and factory automation. Dr. Jose Aybar, Daley College President, said “this gift will help us continue to provide our […]

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Arne Duncan Visit Highlights Harper’s Promise Scholarship

September 15, 2015

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently visited Harper College. The visit highlighted Harper’s Promise Scholarship Program which offers free tuition to district students who meet performance, attendance, and service requirements while in high school. Harper’s program mirrors federal initiatives that will make community college more accessible nationwide. Programs such as these will offer opportunity to […]

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