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    Elon Musk's manufacturing dreams just beginning

    CAPE CANAVERAL - This week, Tesla founder Elon Musk sent his very own red convertible Tesla Roadster via his vast enterprises' rockets. It was the beginning of a whole new vision for travel - and for manufacturing.  Musk has a vision that Forbes Magazine is ridiculing - the idea of an almost completely automated plant that makes a million Teslas a year via an underground tunnel to delivery parts to the factory floor. 

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    Illinois manufacturers excited about US economic future, not so much about state's

    SCHAUMBURG - The Technology & Manufacturing Association's ongoing membership survey showed in January that while a sampling of TMA's 800+ members indicated they're at a high level of optimism about the U.S. Economy, their hopes for the state of Illinois' economic future are drastically different. 

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    Surge in McHenry High's manufacturing program shows revived interest in trade

    McHenry High School in McHenry IL's manufacturing program enrollment is up by 65%, and TMA's Education Foundation has had a part in reviving the next generation's interest in manufacturing.  TMA Education Foundation board member Nicole Wolter went back this week to see how the program's going, and this is what she found: 

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