President Preckwinkle delivers opening remakrs at the CMMC Inaugural Matchmaking Event

President Preckwinkle delivers opening remakrs at the CMMC Inaugural Matchmaking Event

The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC), Cook County and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) hosted a metal manufacturers event at UIC for a morning of “speed-dating”  to meet new suppliers and end users.  The matching event, held on December 9, was the first in a series of industry-specific events to be held throughout the region to provide manufacturers with an opportunity to meet with potential new customers and/or suppliers; share information, samples, and more that could help secure new business partnerships. Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle opened the event and noted that, “Under the umbrella of the CMMC, we hope to further innovation, cultivate an interested and qualified labor pool and grow exports at rates higher than the national average for the metal cluster.” View Photos:
President Preckwinkle meets vendors as they are setting up.

President Preckwinkle meets representatives from companies as they are setting up.

Courtney Pogue (Deputy Director for Economic Development), talks with neighboring vendor from    Private Bank.

Courtney Pogue (Deputy Director for Economic Development, Cook County), talks with neighboring vendor from
Private Bank as  they set up their areas.

The Calumet Industrial Commission was also represented.

The Calumet Industrial Commission was also represented.

While the clock ticks, companies and end users have a chance to meet and talk.

While the clock ticks, companies and end users have a chance to meet and talk.

Chemcoaters had a vendors table with valuable information.

Chemcoaters had a vendors table with valuable information.

 (8) Forty manufacturers signed up to particpate at the inaugural matchmaking event


Forty manufacturers signed up to particpate at the inaugural matchmaking event

Our team who spearhead CMMC for Cook County meet up with President Preckwinkle :  (from left to   right): Courtney Pogue, Deputy Director, Jennifer Ptak, Irene Sherr, Meisha Holmes, President   Preckwinkle and Mike Jasso, Director.

Our team who spearhead CMMC for Cook County meet up with President Preckwinkle : (from left to
right): Courtney Pogue, Deputy Director, Jennifer Ptak, Irene Sherr, Meisha Holmes, President
Preckwinkle and Mike Jasso, Director.