Skip to content

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center releases book, ‘Made In Illinois’ 

Experts share insights to help companies be successful global competitors 

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center has produced a book described as a resource to help manufacturing companies become successful competitors on the global stage.

IMEC, which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary serving manufacturers, introduces “Made In Illinois: A Modern Playbook for Manufacturers to Compete and Win.”

Readers gather insights from leaders from Illinois-based companies such as Motorola, Watchfire Signs, F. N. Smith Corp., G&W Electric, Header Die and Tool, GAM Enterprises, and Ace Metal Crafts. Some of the subjects covered include the value of customer relationships, defining excellence, and integrating technology for greater process innovation.

Illinois has a rich manufacturing tradition that presents many assets and strengths, IMEC President David Boulay says in the book.

“Every company aims to leverage leadership and strategy to better focus on customers and align operational performance, workforce talent, and knowledge management,” he wrote. “As efforts such as the U.S. Department of Commerce NIST Baldrige Performance Excellence Program has long demonstrated, these are powerful aspects of business success. We frame these elements into three parts: people, performance, and mindset.”

Boulay said manufacturers are essential to everyday life, creating many items that are used around the world.

“Everything we buy from the store or get ‘magically’ delivered to our doorstep comes from a manufacturer,” Boulay wrote. “It’s a reminder how important our incredibly talented makers are for society. With that, we hope Made in Illinois offers readers new insights, validates tried and true practices, and gives way to new thinking about modern manufacturing and its many unsung heroes across the great state of Illinois.”

About The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center:

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center is a team of improvement specialists and technicians dedicated to providing organizations in Illinois with the tools and techniques to create sustainable competitive futures. The team at IMEC works closely with its clients to plan critical business improvements in the areas of leadership, strategy, customer engagement, operations, and workforce.

For information about IMEC, visit

Leave a Comment