Matchmaking event second in a series for the Chicago metro region – Event connects manufacturing suppliers and end users
The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) in partnership with the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) hosted the second metal matchmaking event, think “speed dating” for manufacturers, on May 14th. Cook County staff participated on behalf of the CMMC. The purpose of the event was to increase sales opportunities for firms in primary metals, metal fabricating, and metal working and machinery industries. The matchmaking event took place on May 14th at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook, IL. Thirty-three manufacturing and related organization attended. Participants noted that the event offers valuable opportunities to network and identify new leads while directly connecting with other suppliers and manufacturing firms.
For more information the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium and other events, please visit www.chicagometrometal.org.
Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC)
The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium brings together more than 40 organizations and governments, including the seven counties of Northeastern Illinois and the City of Chicago, to focus on the region’s cluster of more than 3,700 metal manufacturing firms. The Consortium was one of just 12 recipients nationwide to receive an “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” (IMCP) designation through the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2014 and seeks to support economic development strategies focused on workforce development; supplier networks; research and innovation; infrastructure and site development; trade and international investment; and operational improvement and capital access. Kendall County and IMEC, both committed partners of the CMMC, serve as co-chairs for CMMC’s Supplier Networks Subcommittee.
Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development fosters economic development through business growth, attraction, and retention programs, supports job creation and workforce development, and makes sustainable community investments connecting housing, employment development, and transportation. Guided by Partnering for Prosperity, Cook County’s economic growth action plan, the Bureau has a focus on regional economic development and supporting the growth of target industry clusters like metals.
Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)
The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) was established in 1996 with the goal of improving the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and through fees paid by Illinois manufacturers for IMEC’s services. IMEC has 11 offices statewide and 40 full-time manufacturing improvement specialists.