Sterling Engineering recently attended the Crain’s Midwest Manufacturers Summit on May 20, 2014 at the Swissotel in Chicago. Some notable guest speakers included Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, speaking about the future of manufacturing research, infrastructure, and jobs around the Chicagoland area. He honed in on Chicago’s large number of four-year Universities as a strong advantage for the city’s manufacturing industry and economic stability, and their potential to maintain a “flow of employees to these good paying jobs.”
Also speaking was Caralynn Nowinski, the Executive Director for UI Labs. UI Labs will unite industries, universities and government by bringing manufacturing technologies to the Midwest and displaying them at various locations to educate small and medium businesses how their manufacturing can be a resource to them. They have been awarded the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Grant and will be located right here in Chicago.
The conference also featured two panels answering questions about the growth of manufacturing and competition/cooperation of Illinois’ surrounding Midwest states. These panels discussed questions about states competing for companies and talent within the manufacturing industry as well as growing new talent from within companies. The overall majority of CEOs and political leaders believe manufacturing is coming back to the Chicagoland area and one of the biggest challenges will be filling those new roles with qualified talent.
In attendance were companies from numerous associations Sterling Engineering is a part of including, Aim, IMA and TMA.
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