Advancing Inclusive sustainable Development anchored in Manufacturing.

Income inequality in the United States is at its highest level in 50 years.

Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, founded in 1982 in effort to address the wide scale loss of manufacturing jobs and its impact on communities.
Today, MR envisions advancing a new paradigm of development that builds thriving communities, companies and social institutions. Working with high road manufacturers, community and labor leaders, we can develop a mix of locally integrated education, training, community and economic development programs.
Together we can expand inclusive prosperity through workforce, economic and wealth creation opportunities among historically disenfranchised communities.

What we Do:

MR works with manufacturers, youth, schools, social services, labor and communities to grow inclusive manufacturing ecosystems that can build thriving communities.  Currently we operate across two program areas: Career Pathway Services and Manufacturing Ecosystem Services.

Manufacturing Ecosystem Services

Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council

Expand the coalitions, technical assistance supports and policies that support manufacturing-related programs to advance scalable, sustainable development. The primary program activity is through the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) network. The CMRC is a network of organizations and individuals who are advocates for policies and programs related to expanding inclusive manufacturing in our region. Join us!

Career Pathway Services

Manufacturing Connect & Young Manufacturers Association

Training, job placements and supports for youth and young adults. Manufacturing Connect (MC) serves in-school youth, ages 14-18, and the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) serves young adults, ages 18-29. 

Let our numbers speak:

NIMS industry credentials earned by participants
Work-experiences (job shadow, internships, summer jobs) completed by participants
$ 0 M
Raised by MR to expand manufacturing training opportunities in Chicago
Manufacturing employers who have participated in programming


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