IMEC & TMA joined forces to serve Chicago area manufacturers in 2010.

The alliance enabled small and mid-sized companies the ability to create jobs and improve global competitiveness.

Illinois’ premier full service manufacturing association combined resources with the state’s manufacturing improvement experts to provide Chicagoland companies with new tools, capabilities and services to increase productivity and grow.

Under the alliance, members of the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) have rapid access to implementation-training and consulting services provided by the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).



IMEC’s full-time industry specialists, many who have recognized credentials in areas such as lean manufacturing and six sigma – work on-site at TMA-member facilities, providing them with the capability to improve quality and efficiency, contain costs, develop new products and growth strategies, and more. Since being created in 1996, IMEC has generated more than $1 billion in productivity, sales and cost-saving economic benefits for Illinois manufacturers. Among a wide network of federally-funded non-profit organizations, IMEC was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to serve the Chicagoland market. IMEC’s expansion to the region makes it Illinois’ exclusive provider of quality, efficiency, cost reduction, and growth services under the MEP umbrella.

Both TMA & IMEC produce informational workshops and webinars, and IMEC markets TMA member-benefits to its clients. Several IMEC specialists and project managers are based at TMA’s headquarters in Park Ridge. Contact the offices at 847-825-1120 for more information or to get in touch with an IMEC specialist.

About IMEC


IMEC was established in 1996 to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. We link your long-term plans and related goals with on-site implementation services by identifying performance gaps, solving these gaps, and building a culture to support sustained improvements. We help optimize operating capacity, implement advanced product and process innovations, increase sales and enter new markets, and improve profitability.

IMEC customizes every solution to address the client’s specific needs, uses training to transfer knowledge and skills to the client’s employees, and serves as a mentor and coach to sustain success.

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