Schaumburg Manufacturing Month

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Schaumburg Manufacturing Month

SCHAUMBURG, IL., Oct. 29, 2018 – The Schaumburg Business Association (SBA) celebrated Illinois Manufacturing Month by hosting Illinois Deputy Governor Leslie Munger on a Schaumburg Manufacturing Showcase tour highlighting the economic importance of manufacturing to Schaumburg and the need for workforce alignment to support further job creation.

The Showcase included facility tours of Innovative Components, Sodick Inc., Felsomat USA, and Sandvik Coromant as well as included a roundtable discussion with regional workforce partners to emphasize the need to better communicate the opportunity that manufacturing careers have for young people.

“Manufacturing employs 17% of Schaumburg’s workforce and is a significant employer for Cook County, and the State of Illinois and with this Showcase the SBA is able to educate the economic importance that manufacturing has on our economy and show our support for programs that will grow this important industry” said Kyle Schulz, Director of Economic Development for the Schaumburg Business Association.

While 17% of Schaumburg’s current workforce employed by the over 225 Schaumburg manufacturing firms there is an opportunity for further employment of the talent pool existed for manufacturers. As noted throughout the Showcase the biggest challenge facing each of the manufacturers was attracting young talent into careers in manufacturing. Through the SBA’s economic development efforts, the issue of talent/labor is noted by Schaumburg manufacturers 15% of the time as their biggest challenge to future growth. Recognizing this need the SBA organized a roundtable with providers like the Golden Corridor Advance Manufacturing Partnership and the Manufacturing Career Internship Program to highlight how they are engaging young people and express the need for statewide leadership to ensure the increased awareness of manufacturing jobs.

“As the leading economic development organization in the Northwest Suburbs the SBA has an important role in enhancing job creation and we recognize the need to better connect workforce with employers desperately seeking to fill openings. The roundtable discussion with Deputy Governor Munger is the SBA’s first step at addressing the access and alignment of workforce and economic development for the betterment of our businesses” noted Lisa Gilbert, President of the Schaumburg Business Association.

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