Representing 25% of the county's economy, manufacturing is alive and well in McHenry County and continues to be a vital focus of our activities and programs.
In January, the updated and greatly enhanced manufacturing website - www.illinoismanufacturing.net - was released. McHenry County manufacturers are able to provide details information on core competencies, sectors served, products, and areas of expertise. Additionally, press releases and announcement for our local manufacturers will be posted as well as events and activities.
February will see some of our efforts to expand opportunities for our manufacturers begin to pay off. We have been working with Navistar on expanding their suppliers and twenty of our manufacturers will be meeting with them later this month.
April 12 & 13th! Go Global IV: Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands (Importing, Exporting and Everything in Between). Only 45 minutes away, both the Rockford & McHenry County EDC's are working together on complimentary programing to provide exceptional opportunities for our regional manufactures. President Pam Cumpata is on the advisory committee for Go Global IV which will emphasize building successful relationships both domestic and foreign - as a key to success in the world of global business. Take advantage of the Early Bird Special and register by February 28! http://www.goglobalrockford.com/registration.asp
June 23rd! Save the Date! The Manufacturing series continues with a forum on first steps and what you really need to know to do business in China. Industry experts, breakout groups, keynote speaker and lunch! Details to follow.
Fall, 2011! Back by popular demand, the EDC Manufacturing Matchmaking Event - speed dating for manufacturers. Details to follow.
Did you know McHenry County is seeing some of the strongest manufacturing growth in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin? According to census figures released in December 2010, manufacturing sales shot up nearly 35% between 2002 and 2007, second-highest among Chicago's collar counties and just fourth among 13 counties in northeastern Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin. This sector has undergone a transformation toward more high-value goods over the last decade, with a heavy high-tech focus: machinery, electrical products, electronics, plastics, fabricated metals, printing and medical supplies.