About our Manufacturing work

Cook County leads the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium and belongs to a national network of manufacturing communities and works closely with its partners to leverage resources for supporting manufacturers.

Chicago Metro Metal Consortium offers manufacturers resources to grow their businesses through collaboration and networking, market intelligence, and promotion of the region as a leading center for manufacturing. Recognizing the challenges that COVID-19 creates for manufacturing, Cook County created the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Manufacturing Concierge program to assist manufacturers during this challenging time. 

Join our network:

If you are a manufacturer in one of the seven counties of northeastern Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will, including the City of Chicago), our network can provide:

  • Access to talent solutions
  • Opportunities to diversity your supply chain
  • Resources to grow your business

Our Partners, go here

For more information, contact Christine Nappo

Developing the future of the Manufacturing Workforce

Cook County Bureau of Economic Development offers talent solutions to businesses to attract, retain, and retrain employees. Cook County, selected by the State of Illinois, serves as an Apprenticeship Navigator for the 10 counties of the Chicago metro area will assist and educate employers about apprenticeships

For more information, contact: Kindy Kruller

Looking for a great paycheck, innovative work, and an opportunity to grow? 

Manufacturing faces a continual need for new talent as its workforce ages and enters retirement.  Learn about the future of manufacturing, and connect to job opportunities from our partners, providing employment and job training assistance:

Learn how we are supporting employers during the pandemic

The Recovery Manufacturing Concierge Assistance Program is designed to help manufacturing businesses access the tools and services they need to recover and rebound from the effects of COVID-19. This program will be administered by our partner the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).  IMEC will reach out to Cook County’s manufacturing leaders to conduct a 5-minute survey and gather insights into manufacturers' urgent and important priorities.  IMEC will assess the issues and needs put forth by these businesses, providing direct assistance, and connecting them to applicable tools and services. Some of which include:

  • Grants
  • Technical Assistance
  • Guidance on taxes, daily operations, supply chain, and human resources
  • Webinar training and educational services (available in multiple languages)
  • Workforce training resources
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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the program work?

IMEC will reach out to Cook County's manufacturing leaders via a quick 5-minute survey to gather insights into manufacturers' urgent and essential priorities. IMEC will assess the issues and needs put forth by these businesses, providing both direct assistance and connecting them to useful tools and services.

How do I qualify?

If you have a manufacturing NAICs code and conduct business operations within suburban Cook County and outside of the City of Chicago, you are eligible for this program.

Is there a cost to the program?

There is no cost for this service. We are here to learn about your needs and provide support. Our findings and resulting recommendations are provided to you free of charge.

How long will assistance through this program be offered?

Outreach and needs assessments will be conducted through the end of 2020. From the results gathered, assistance to participating manufacturers will remain ongoing until their priorities have been addressed.

 

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