iBi - March 2015

by Stevie Zvereva
Photography by David Vernon

Peoria’s maker movement has industry experts and amateur tinkerers alike exploring the new age of manufacturing.

Making the Region

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi

"Caterpillar will stay in Peoria. I repeat: Caterpillar will stay in Peoria." And with those words, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman revealed the long-anticipated plans for the company’s headquarters complex.

Made in the Region

From modular homes and heavy equipment simulators to metal tools and food items, a wide range of products are being manufactured in the heart of the Midwest.

Inspiring Manufacturing Through Mini-Golf?

by Jennifer Daly
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

An unusual competition is the latest project from the Greater Peoria EDC’s Strategic Manufacturing Group.

The Case for Additive Manufacturing

by Mark Cotteleer
Deloitte Services LP

AM, also known as 3D printing, can play an important role in the pursuit of performance improvement, innovation and growth.

Is Your Six Sigma Stifling Innovation?

by Edward Hess
Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

The quest for operational excellence has a dark side: it can stifle innovation. Here are five ways not to let it.







A Safe Haven for Mothers

by Stevie Zvereva

A Peoria couple’s BumpBox takes one heavy load off expectant mothers’ minds. 

Global Companies Come Together

On November 13, 2014, Amec Foster Wheeler plc announced the creation of a new force in global engineering, project delivery, asset support, power equipment and consultancy following the completion of the combination of AMEC plc and Foster Wheeler AG.

Tackling the Nonprofit Business Model

by Stevie Zvereva

All of Peoria Production Shop’s revenue comes from the sale of services and goods to its customers. For a nonprofit in the social service realm, that’s a unique business model.

Also in this Issue...

Social Media Blues... Manufacturing Pays... Printing Ink... Fight Back When Hacked... When a Client Says You're Too Expensive... Set the Stage for a Memorable Presentation

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