Made in Chicago Program Launched by IMEC and Citi Community Development


Chicago, Illinois – The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and Citi Community Development, supported by World Business Chicago, have joined forces to create a new collaborative program and web tool for the Chicagoland design and manufacturing communities, which will be introduced at the Made in Chicago launch event on January 21, 2014. The event will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. The website will be available for demonstration at the event.

The Made in Chicago program will serve as a new hub for locally sourced ideas and manufacturing capabilities; ultimately matching designers and manufacturers for nearby production. David Boulay, President of IMEC, will give an introduction of Made in Chicago and the origins of the collaboration between IMEC and Citi Community Development, followed by remarks from Jeff Malehorn of World Business Chicago regarding the correlation to the Mayor’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. As the second largest metropolitan manufacturing cluster in the U.S. and generating 85% of all private R&D in the region, Chicago and its surrounding cities provide the ideal climate for manufacturing fellowship and innovation.

“From the White House to city halls all over the country, there is a new appreciation of the resurgence of American manufacturing and its potential to revitalize our cities and our economy and to create more quality jobs for diverse individuals,” said George Wright of Citi Community Development. “The re-launch of Made in Chicago reflects our commitment to expanding economic opportunity and job growth, and our recognition that urban centers are where we have the best opportunity to achieve those goals at large scale.”

Also on the agenda will be the opportunity to engage with partners of the initiative including Zach Kaplan, CEO of the Inventables, a Chicago-based “hardware store for designers” focused on providing machines and materials for low volume production and projects. Local Chicago designers will hear a “state of the union” on digital manufacturing and Zach will also announce an upcoming opportunity for a select few designers to have their work honored by Inventables.

To learn more about Made in Chicago, head to www.madeinchicago.org where you can search for local products, list your company, or submit a request for sourcing support. To learn more about IMEC or other supporting organizations, contact Amy Fitzgerald, IMEC Marketing Manager at 309-677-2977 or afitzgerald@imec.org.