Success Story: Two Brothers On Their Way!

Kevin and William both completed our last YMA Training and worked with DeeDee Jones, MR’s Industry Coordinator, to find good jobs. They both applied to Novolex Duro Bag in Alsip, IL, but only Kevin was called back for an interview. Kevin relies on William, who owns a car, for transportation. Kevin’s interview went well but […]

MR is Named an Inaugural Stanley Black & Decker Makers Grant Recipient!

Chicago, IL – Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced the recipients of its first “Empower Makers” Global Impact Challenge. Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) is honored to have been named as a Makers Grant Recipient for our Manufacturing Connect program and our efforts to expose, inspire and prepare high school youth for careers in manufacturing. Initiated […]

Profile: Dee Dee Jones, Industry Coordinator, Extraordinaire!

Dee Dee Jones, Industry Coordinator for Manufacturing Renaissance  works closely with companies and students to make our programs work. She is responsible for recruiting companies for field trips, job shadowing experiences, internships, and career opportunities. She also prepares students for careers in manufacturing. We asked her to share her perspective about what we do – […]

Ministers for Manufacturing Quarterly Meeting Updates

The Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council‘s Ministers for Manufacturing (M4M) committee convenes quarterly to share the latest program and policy updates with faith leaders in our communities. This quarter’s meeting on February 18, 2022 featured Craig Freedman, CEO of Freedman Seating, Andrew Stettner and Michelle Burris of The Century Foundation, DeeDee Jones of Manufacturing Renaissance, and […]

Chicago Teachers Union Local 1 Endorses Manufacturing Reinvestment Bill

On February 2, 2022, the CTU House of Delegates voted to endorse HR 5124 by a vote of 600 to 1.  The union recognized the importance of re-building our manufacturing sector in a way that’s profoundly inclusive.  They’ve also committed to reaching out to the American Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and […]

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 […]

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, […]