Ministers for Manufacturing Stepping Into Leadership for Inclusive Manufacturing Development

On December 14, the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC), program operated by Manufacturing Renaissance (MR), held its first in-person Ministers for Manufacturing (M4M) committee meeting since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was hosted at Matot, Inc., manufacturing company in Bellwood, IL in the western suburbs of Chicago. Jim Piper, President of Matot and CeCe […]

Perspective: ShoreBank co-founder calls expansion of manufacturing sector a “once in a lifetime opportunity”

This year, Manufacturing Renaissance has played a leading role in a national coalition that is advancing an agenda to transform the manufacturing sector in this country. Earlier this fall, the coalition’s efforts reached the national stage when Cong. Jan Schakowsky introduced the Manufacturing Reinvestment Corporation Act in Congress. Ron Grzywinski has a distinctive perspective on […]

Damron: West Side Company Keeps Eye on Equity, Jobs and Community

For more than 35 years, Damron Corporation on Chicago’s west side has manufactured and distributed tea products, sourced from the most famous tea-growing areas in the world. Companies that Damron supplies its products to include McDonald’s. In fact, Damron was the first African-American owned company to become a national supplier to McDonald’s. Recently, the company […]

Mfg Day 2021: An Inside Look

What’s it like to work in a manufacturing company? What kind of opportunities are available? These are the kinds of questions asked by participants in Manufacturing Connect, Manufacturing Renaissance’s program that exposes, inspires, and prepares young adults for the field. Participants in the program had a chance to learn about the field this fall at […]

Success Story: Marla “…learns something everyday…”

Shipping, receiving, operating machines, working in a company’s quality department. In nearly a decade of working in the manufacturing field, Marla Sanders has had many responsibilities over the years. Sanders participated in the Manufacturing Renaissance training program at the Austin Polytechnical Academy, graduating from the program in 2012 in its second graduating class. Sanders grew […]

Dan Swinney Receives Harold Washington Award from IVI-IPO

Dan Swinney, Founder and Senior Advisor of Manufacturing Renaissance, received the Harold Washington Award this fall from the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO). During a virtual awards ceremony on October 22, Swinney reflected on the honor and Mayor Washington’s legacy. “I’m deeply honored to receive the Harold Washington Award from the Independent Voters […]

Brence Turner: A Passion for Teaching and Expanding Opportunities for Youth

Brence Turner, Senior Machining Instructor at Manufacturing Renaissance, grew up in a family where numerous people worked in manufacturing. “I have seen the opportunities it gave them for a solid income, insurance,  a paycheck – and  a career,” he says. Turner is a native of Chicago’s South Side. After high school, he attended Daley College […]

Save the Date: Manufacturing as a Strategy for Inclusion and Development

On Wednesday, November 3rd, 3-4:30 pm CST, the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council will be featuring US Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves. Deputy Secretary Graves will share his latest thinking and moderate a panel of Chicagoland leaders in a discussion on the role of manufacturing as a strategic vehicle for expanding inclusion and equity, […]

Program Highlights: Towards Expanding a Manufacturing Ecosystem

Manufacturing Renaissance completed its Career Pathway Services program year over the summer, concluding a dynamic period stretching September of 2020 through August 2021. Career Pathway Services consists of two program models: Manufacturing Connect (serving high school seniors) and Young Manufacturers Association (serving young adults 18-24). Though trainings were held online during the pandemic, data show […]