iBi - March 2010

Winning in the Next Generation

by Tucker Kennedy

Years back, a young person who was “good with his/her hands” could walk out of high school and into a factory job that paid a substantial wage. Good enough to support a family, pay the bills, buy a few toys and put everyone through school.

Publisher's Note

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi

No longer captive to a handful of major customers, small manufacturers are exploring and entering new markets. They are embracing change, diversifying across product lines and geographic boundaries.

Made In The Region

We still make things in the U.S.? Why yes, yes we do. Despite an overall decline in domestic manufacturing over the last three decades, we haven’t lost everything to China. All kinds of products are still being made and manufactured here in the Peoria area.

Growing the Region Through Teaming

by Linda Krendick
Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Illinois Central College

A coalition of companies that performs all of the manufacturing processes and delivers a completed product allows small business to participate in major manufacturing.

Teaming in Action

by Jonathan Wright

Four central Illinois manufacturers are building a network of trusted partners to take their businesses to the next level.

A Lean & Clean Approach to Manufacturing

by Tucker Kennedy

An emerging concept in continuous improvement balances the efficiencies of a company’s processes with development of sustainable operating practices.

A Role to Play in Manufacturing

State Sen. David Koehler, 46th District

As someone who has worked with unions and manufacturers for much of my life, I know how important manufacturing is to Illinois.

A FIT Evolution

by Jeff Bahnsen
Foremost Industrial Technologies

This re-manufacturer of electric motors, pumps, generators and industrial gearboxes was able to survive and stay healthy during the recession.

Sustainable Operations Excellence

by Darrell Casey, Celerant Consulting

Companies are creating distinctive competencies through operations excellence, specifically through the application of lean manufacturing.







Making It Count for Central Illinois

by Michael Wojtas

With the dawn of a new decade comes the national necessity of an updated census, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution to occur every 10 years.

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