Chicago metal syndicate renews national designation
Among one dozen U.S. communities earning re-designation status by the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), the region’s Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) recently gained continued certification from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The confirmation coincides with the designation of October both as National Manufacturing Month as well as Manufacturing Awareness and Appreciation Month in Cook County, which acknowledges the magnitude of manufacturing in the region.
"McHenry County’s most impactful regional collaboration has been CMMC," McHenry County Chairman Joe Gottemoller said. "We are stronger together and I look forward to even greater impact with the renewed designation."
To inform and involve the public, CMMC has planned various activities during the month, with approximately 43 events promoted by 55 organizations in the Chicago region alone and more throughout the state.
Scheduled gatherings featured “Manufacturing Matters,” sponsored by the Illinois Alliance for Manufacturing, plus an occasion hosted by the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership, drawing attendance from nearly four dozen businesses and schools.
“The CMMC represents an unprecedented regional collaboration between the seven counties of Northeastern Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and the city of Chicago,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.
CMMC engages in networking, collaboration, publicity and industry-related events for regional stakeholders in the fabricated metal and machinery sectors.
Among the consortium’s achievements over the past few years were coordinating “matchmaking” among suppliers and end users, supporting manufacturing improvements and job creation and establishing an exchange program with the Midwestern office of the German American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago to nurture global research and information sharing.