Posts Tagged with ‘manufacturing’

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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Pinnacle Foods Expanding its Manufacturing Center in St. Elmo

April 23, 2015

Pinnacle Foods is expanding its St. Elmo manufacturing plant, with $50 million in new equipment, expanded floorspace, and improved infrastructure. The expansion will add 90 more jobs in the first half of 2015. This is in order to add the production of Wish-Bone salad dressings at the facility. The St. Elmo site was chosen for […]

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Kankakee Community College Starts GirlSTEM Program

April 19, 2015

This June, Kankakee Community College (KCC) will introduce its new GirlSTEM program. The college will host a group of girls from fifth through eighth grades and introduce them to science, technology, engineering, and math. The program will offer fun ways to learn STEM, including The Cookie Jar Mystery to teach forensic science, The Carnival Ride […]

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Advanced Manufacturing Training for Chicago’s West Side

April 18, 2015

Two local groups, BLUE1647 and Bethel New Life, have partnered to bring advanced manufacturing training to residents of Chicago’s Austin community and surrounding West Side. Classes will provide awareness, training, certification, and technical resources for residents interested in preparing for careers with local manufacturers. BLUE1647, a provider of technology workforce development, has partnered with Bethel […]

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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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Oakton Manufacturing Expo – April 14

April 14, 2015

On Tuesday, April 14, Oakton Community College will host its annual Manufacturing Expo. This exciting event welcomes over 500 local high school students to learn more about careers in manufacturing. The event will have a keynote speaker, Jeremy Bout of Edge Factor, and tours of two local manufacturing facilities. Students will learn about the latest […]

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Report on the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

April 14, 2015

A new report from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte estimates that, by 2025, the skills gap in manufacturing will find 2.7 million unfilled replacement positions, and another 700,000 unfilled that will be necessary to meet growth needs. The gap is based on retirement rates, anticipated expansion of US manufacturing, and lack of a skilled workforce to […]

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1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing Campaign to Help Bridge Skills Gap

April 9, 2015

It is estimated that 30,000 – 50,000 jobs remain open in Chicagoland. The cost for positions remaining open is considerable – according to CareerBuilder, “a company loses, on average, $14,000 for every job that remains open for more than three months.” World Business Chicago’s (WBC) new 1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing Campaign seeks to bridge […]

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Governor Rauner Stresses Importance of Community Colleges

April 8, 2015

At a recent visit to the College of Lake County (CLC), Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stressed the importance of community colleges in providing a skilled workforce in Illinois. The Governor spoke with students and faculty about the need for there to be a smooth transition between educational levels starting in high school, into community college […]

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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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