Chicago, Illinois

October 20, 2010

The Manufacture America event in Illinois was held on October 20 at the High School District 214 Headquarters in Arlington Heights. To view or download presentations from this event, click here.

Manufacturing contributed $78.8 billion to Illinois’ overall economy in 2008, which was 12% of the total economic output of Illinois that year.

In 2009, the manufacturing sector employed 577,600 workers, accounting for 10 percent of Illinois’ total nonfarm employment. Average annual pay for manufacturing workers was $55,829 in 2009, compared to $48,388 for the overall workforce.

In 2008, nearly one-quarter (24.7 percent) of all manufacturing workers in Illinois depended on exports for their jobs (latest data available.) Illinois’ export shipments of merchandise in 2009 totaled $41.6 billion, the 6th largest export total among the 50 states that year. Illinois’ $5.5 billion increase in exports from 2005 to 2009 was the 8th largest among the 50 states.


List of confirmed speakers

Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services

Congresswoman Melissa Bean, Illinois Eighth Congressional District

Sharon Barner, Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Patent Office

Peter Perez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for ITA

Michael Imber, Grant Thornton

Don Graves, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Treasury

Duncan Bourne, Wynnchurch Capital

Don Shaner, IMEC Business Improvement Specialist

Dr. Praveen Gupta, Illinois Institute of Technology

Joe Bhatia, President, American National Standards Institute

Sean Callahan, Executive Editor, B2B Media Business Magazine

Neil Brown, managing partner of FusionB2B

Carrie Halle, Marketing Manager for Knaack Div. Emerson Electric Co

Joe Lardieri, ThomasNet

Matt Eggemeyer, President, Keats Manufacturing

Robin F. Mugford, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce - Commercial Service

Michael F. Howard, Midwest Regional Director, The Export-Import Bank of the U.S

John A. Nevell, Regional Manager, Office of International Trade, Small Business Administration

Tony Beyer, President, Tek Pak, Inc.

Jason Speer, President, Quality Float Works

For further information, see Resources for Illinois Manufacturers

Last Updated: 11/10/10 10:46 AM