Roundtable: Illinois manufacturers turn to technology and talent for growth
Intersect Illinois CEO Dan Seals recently took part in a roundtable discussion on the future of manufacturing moderated by the executive editor of Crain’s Chicago Business, Jim Kirk.
Brought together by the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), the group included small and medium-sized manufacturing leaders, along with Lake County Partners and SME lender, SomerCor. Topics such as modernizing manufacturing, attracting new and younger talent, the importance of innovating, and keeping manufacturing jobs in Illinois were discussed.
Employing 592,000 people and generating $304.8 billion in output in the state (according to the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association), Illinois is well-positioned for manufacturers to succeed. Key advantages such as the state’s robust infrastructure that allows easy access to the country and world, and its skilled workforce make Illinois a premier location for industry growth.
“Manufacturing is having a moment… the sector is in transition.” said IMEC President David Boulay. Read the roundtable recap to find out more about how Illinois’ manufacturers are tackling complex issues with innovation and an eye toward the future.
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