Grant Thornton and Crain’s Chicago Business magazine are proud to bring you the 2012 monthly manufacturing video series, Retooling Chicago. These short, five-minute videos will feature an Illinois-based manufacturing business and depict the steps they’re taking to improve their operations.
Amid the backdrop of a sluggish domestic market and U.S. military withdrawal, local manufacturers are diving into Iraq as the country rebuilds its entire infrastructure.
With unpredictable customer demand wreaking havoc on supply chains, one Chicago logistics company is putting more control in manufacturers' hands.
Chicago's growing medical manufacturing sector has high potential but will flourish only with the support of more local skilled labor.
Two competing old-line Chicago hardware and plumbing companies have formed a unique partnership to thrive while many of their counterparts struggle to survive.
There is one machine at the heart of the production sector's skilled labor shortage, and some Chicago companies are cashing in on training the workforce to use it.
A small part of the city's TIF program is helping to keep Chicago manufacturers from heading for the suburbs.
While many companies are getting accolades for bringing overseas operations back to the United States, there are still plenty that are off-shoring to reap the benefits.
A north side training program is aimed at getting more women into skilled manufacturing jobs to help both them and labor-starved employers.
The International Manufacturing Technology Show offers some of the latest innovations in production and, this year, a job center to help skills-hungry companies find workers in a shallow pool of qualified labor.
A West Loop company is disrupting a niche segment of the packaging industry with a new product aimed at eliminating waste and speeding up work on warehouse floors.