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Manufacturing Month October 2023

Manufacturing: “Reimagining the Industry of Tomorrow”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is proud to support October as Manufacturing Month and celebrate the present and future makers across our great state. Join us and industry partners as we explore one of Illinois’ top industries, learning about its rich legacy and robust ecosystem.

We are the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, with over 14,000 companies employing over 650,000 Illinoisans. In the years ahead, this industry is on pace to grow for the future – and this month we will join the national celebration of Manufacturing Month to educate, inspire, and cultivate the next generation of makers in Illinois.

Throughout the month of October, DCEO, agency leaders and partners will be hosting a series of webinars, participating in events and visiting industry leaders and the next generation of Illinois makers.

Partner Webinars

ELEVATE YOUR WORKFORCE: Create Onboarding Excellence From Day One
Monday, October 2 | 11:30 a.m.

ELEVATE YOUR WORKFORCE: Refreshing Recruitment to Attract & Retain the Next Generations
Tuesday, October 10 | 11:30 a.m.

ELEVATE YOUR WORKFORCE: Incorporating DEI Into Your Retention Strategies
Tuesday, October 17 | 11:30 a.m.

ELEVATE YOUR WORKFORCE: Integrating Learning and Development Into Organizational DNA
Tuesday, October 24 | 11:30 a.m.

Explore additional statewide Manufacturing Day events.

Check out “Makers on the Move”, an eight-day bus tour across Illinois to celebrate Manufacturing Month.  Designed to showcase modern manufacturing, which is high-tech, clean, diverse, and sustainable, the Makers on the Move bus will visit manufacturing facilities, colleges, and high schools across the state to highlight the innovative manufacturing sector and amazing job opportunities that are available today.