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 […]

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, […]

CMRC’s Ministers for Manufacturing: The Faith Community Plays a Key Role in Development

Photo caption left to right: Rev. Anthony Haynes, David Robinson, Erica Staley, Tanesha House, Jim Piper, Rev. Timothy Wright III Ministers in the region who are working with Manufacturing Renaissance came together in September to build the faith community’s support for manufacturing as a tool for social inclusion and sustainable community development. The gathering of […]

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 […]

Profile: Rev. Anthony Haynes, Chairman, Ministers for Manufacturing

As a teenager on Chicago’s South Side in the 1970s, Rev. Anthony Haynes trained to be a minister at the African Methodist Episcopalian Church. Now, more than four decades later, he is serving as associate minister for the River Jordan Ministries on the city’s South Side. Meanwhile, Rev. Haynes has had a wide variety of […]

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 […]

New Report: Faith-based Organizations, Manufacturing’s Emerging Partners

Faith leaders and manufacturers are partnering in ways that create economic opportunities and have great potential to benefit communities in the future, according to a recently released report by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA). Last month, the UMA released Manufacturing’s Emerging Partners: Faith-Informed Organizations Supporting Employment and Entrepreneurship. Manufacturing Renaissance is featured in the report, […]

Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council Program Updates

So much has changed over the last year. Since our last event hosting a discussion with Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi in May 2020, Manufacturing Renaissance and our CMRC Leadership Committee maintained minimal CMRC programming, meeting monthly to keep one another informed of the significant changes and challenges we faced in light of responding to […]