Supply Chain and Policy: Past, Present and Future

Panelists in the event, clockwise from bottom right: Dan Swinney, Founder of Manufacturing Renaissance; Harry Haney, a supply chain and operations expert; Haven Allen, CEO and Co-Founder, mHUB, an independent hard tech and manufacturing innovation center; David Boulay, President of IMEC (the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center).  Top right, moderator, Jeff Korzenik, Chief Investment Strategist, Fifth […]

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 […]

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 […]

Profile: Jim Piper, CMRC Welcomes Newest Leadership Committee Member

As a kid growing up west of Cleveland, in Elyria, Ohio, Jim Piper was closely acquainted with the benefits of vocational education. His dad was an assistant principal at a school that provided many options for students to pursue a wide range of trades. ”My dad would tell these stories of kids having great success […]

New Bill Proposes Major Reinvestment in Manufacturing Communities

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Manufacturing Reinvestment Corporation Act. The legislation will ensure that a revitalized manufacturing sector can create the products, processes, and transition opportunities that are necessary to […]

Update: Re/Cast, Advisors in Ownership Succession

The Manufacturing Renaissance’s RE/CAST program provides advising services to companies that face ownership succession issues and want to stay open and thrive. One look at the demographics of Illinois manufacturing companies tells a compelling story about why ownership succession is a timely issue.  Far more often than not, company ownership is older, overwhelmingly lacking in […]

Update: Cook County Early Warning Network

The Cook County Early Warning Network was set up in 2020 to help small and mid-sized manufacturers in Cook County that are facing financial distress because of COVID-19. Companies that can benefit from the program typically have fewer than 40 employees. The program is funded by the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development in partnership […]

Laystrom Manufacturing Co. Wins THE FABRICATOR’s Industry Award for 2021

Long-time MC program partner and CMRC Leadership Committee Co-chair Colin Cosgrove and Laystrom Manufacturing Co. was recognized this month as a model company for outstanding performance which is thanks in large part to prioritizing creating a great work culture. Congratulations Colin and the Laystrom team! Read more here.