Posts Tagged with ‘growth’

Advanced Flexible Components Expands Facility

October 27, 2015

Another Illinois manufacturing company is expanding. Advanced Flexible Components, a leading manufacturer of silicone, PTFE coated belting and fabrics, recently expanded its manufacturing facility. The expansion will help to accommodate the growth of the company’s coatings and food services business. The Lake in the Hills facility expansion will add another 37,000 square feet of space. […]

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For the Fourth Straight Year, Wisconsin Gains Manufacturing Jobs

September 29, 2015

According to the Manufacturers’ News Inc. 2016 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register, the state has gained manufacturing jobs for four straight years. The number of manufacturing employees has risen by 18,568 to a total of 572,189 workers at 10,694 manufacturers, reflecting a 3.3% growth. Click here to read the full news release.  

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Manufacturing Growth in the Suburbs

September 10, 2015

Illinois has always been a prime hub for manufacturing due to its central location, transportation, and infrastructure. There is a lot of growth currently happening in the suburbs. Many manufacturing companies are moving to the suburbs from the city and other locations, and existing suburban companies are expanding. Major manufacturers in Schaumburg are building new facilities […]

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A New Study on Women in Manufacturing

August 28, 2015

US manufacturing continues to grow and there is an urgent need to fill a large number of open positions. In addition, a gender gap exists where women remain a relatively under-utilized resource within the industry. A recent study conducted by APICS Supply Chain Council, Deloitte, and the Manufacturing Institute provides some insight on women in […]

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Addressing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

August 27, 2015

Manufacturing in the US is growing. Technology is changing. Many skilled workers in the field will soon be retiring. 60% of the jobs currently unfilled in manufacturing are due to a lack of skilled applicants. A sample of Chicago area manufacturers indicated shortages of essential positions such as CNC programmers and operators, industrial machinery mechanics, and […]

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The US Manufacturing Renaissance, Re-shoring, and the Skills Gap

July 28, 2015

Foreign manufacturers are coming in greater numbers to the US to manufacture a variety of their products. 3,500 German companies are here and employing 600,000 Americans. China is planning to spend a good share of $1 trillion on investments in manufacturing facilities. Many US companies have been re-shoring, bringing production back from overseas locations. This article addresses […]

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Southwestern Illinois College Helps to Fill Skills Gap for Machinists

July 15, 2015

In manufacturing there is a high demand for machinists. Southwestern Illinois College is helping to meet the demand with its Precision Machining Technology Program. The program started small quite a few years ago but has since grown to include 90 students (and growing) from a variety of backgrounds. Many of these students are working part time while studying. […]

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College Education Drives US Economic Growth

April 24, 2015

A recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce shows that technical innovation, along with a college-educated workforce, has resulted in increased manufacturing productivity over the last decades. The percentage of manufacturing jobs has decreased since World War 2, but the output for each position has increased dramatically. More sophisticated machinery and […]

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Governor Rauner to Bring Businesses to Illinois

April 16, 2015

Using some strong language, Illinois Governor Rauner recently stated his commitment to bring jobs to Illinois, and away from states that have been taking businesses away. The Governor singled out Indiana, as well as Wisconsin and Texas, as states that have been trying to “poach” from Illinois since 2011, when Illinois had to raise corporate […]

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Manufacturing Index Shows Growth

April 4, 2015

An index measuring manufacturing growth, produced by Marquette University’s Center for Supply Chain Management and the Institute of Supply Chain Management, shows that manufacturing for southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois is growing. The Purchasing Managers index was 53.25 (up from 50.32), indicating a growth in market conditions. New orders were 54.42 (up from 41.70). Employment was 46.14 (down […]

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