Success Story: Brandi’s Road to Success

Brandi S., participated in the Manufacturing Connect (MC) program as a high school student to get work experience and learn professionalism skills, graduating in 2013 from Austin Polytechnical Academy with career goals of being a medical assistant. In the Fall of 2013, Brandi registered for school at a local college with a major of medical […]

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 […]

Profile: MR’s Newest Board Member, Montez King

Montez King, who joined the Manufacturing Renaissance board in March 2021, is Executive Director of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the nationally-recognized organization responsible for developing national standards and competency-based credentials in manufacturing trades.   King says that being on the board of Manufacturing Renaissance is both a way to promote manufacturing and get back […]

Manufacturing Renaissance Agenda: Shaping Industrial Policy in the U.S.

The movement for a stronger and more equitable manufacturing sector in this country is growing. It is being shaped by the Manufacturing Renaissance Agenda (MRA), a national coalition that is working to advance manufacturing policies on a national level.  Partners in the MRA have had two successful meetings with senior White House economic advisors since […]

Erica Staley Appointed to National Workforce Panel to Advise Biden Administration on Economic Recovery Policies

Manufacturing Renaissance is pleased to announce that Erica Swinney Staley, Executive Director has been appointed by National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) to serve on a national Manufacturing Panel that will advise the Biden administration on its “Made in All of America” initiative and related policies. Erica Swinney Staley, […]

Next MC Youth Training Starting 3/15/21 – Limited Space!

The Career Pathways Services programs Manufacturing Connect (MC for in-school youth) and the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA for young adults) online training programs launched new cohorts on February 16th and February 18th. MC’s first cohort include 16 youth representing 13 high schools and community organizations across Cook County. Among these, are: Morgan Park, Prosser, Curie, […]

Success Story – Power Couple!

Kyana was an active participant in the Manufacturing Connect (MC) program since her freshman year at Austin College & Career Academy. Kyana had multiple work experiences throughout her H.S. career and entered into an internship with Ferrara Candy after graduating in 2019. Kyana was trained to work in the kitchen as a Mogul Operator, responsible […]

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.