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Manufacturing Extension Centers (MEC)

The Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC) mission is to continually improve the competitiveness of small and mid-sized Illinois manufacturers. IMEC and its affiliated support organizations help manufacturers with productivity, technology modernization, and enhanced business practices.  The IMEC is a partner program of the Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and is part of a broader economic development program of assistance for small businesses administered by DCEO. It is also affiliated with a national network of manufacturing extension centers. Manufacturing Extension Centers offer the following services:


Assessment - an on-site team provides an objective analysis, identifying your company's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. IMEC can suggest steps you can take immediately to improve performance.

Benchmarking- an inexpensive way to compare your performance to that of similar businesses. IMEC delivers a customized report showing where you stand on more than 50 performance indicators.

Projects- based on your needs and priorities, projects are clearly defined up-front. A project manager qualifies the service providers and manages the project hands-on to ensure your satisfaction.  Projects can address various manufacturing needs including, but not limited to manufacturing modernization, quality assurance, best manufacturing practices, product development, and market development.


The Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC)

Serves all of Illinois