Manufacturing Month 2021

"Celebrating Industry Innovation, Resiliency & Inspiring the Next Generation of Makers"

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is proud join the national initiative to officially proclaim October Manufacturing Month and celebrate present and future makers across our great state.  Led by the Offices of Regional Economic Development (RED), and Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE), in partnership with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), DCEO will honor one of Illinois' largest industries. As a leader in next generation manufacturing, Illinois has a rich legacy and a robust ecosystem to showcase. We are the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, with over 18,000 companies employing over 550,000 Illinoisans. In the years ahead, this industry is on pace to grow for the future – and this month we will educate, inspire, and cultivate the next generation of makers in Illinois.

Throughout the month of October, the State of Illinois, agency leaders and partners will be hosting a series of webinars, participating in events and presenting over 30 proclamations to industry leaders and the next generation of makers.

Read the Manufacturing Month 2021 proclamation.


EXPAND YOUR SEARCH: Recruitment Marketing in a Digital World Webinar
Friday | October 8 | 11:30am

This session will highlight tactics that enable your organization to more quickly find and attract the right candidates, increase awareness of your company, and also build your talent pipeline to support recruiting for future roles.  

Welcoming Remarks: Acting Director Sylvia Garcia, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


CATCH YOUR BREATH: Improve Team Engagement in Manufacturing Amidst Changes Webinar
Wednesday | October 13 | 3:30pm

Registration Fee: $50

Many manufacturing organizations around the world are reporting logistics delays, shortages of supplies, labor shortages, and due to the PPE guidelines for COVID and increased demand for products.  Many workers are having to do 1.5 to 3 times the amount of work they did in 2019. This is leading to massive burnout, disengagement, and high voluntary turnover.  If you are experiencing any of this, come join us for an interactive webinar where we will showcase ideas that are working around the world to help. 

Welcoming Remarks: Deputy Director Jonathan McGee, Office of Regional Economic Development, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity


Building a Sustainable Workforce Through Apprenticeships and the Integration of Advanced Technologies

Wednesday | October 20 | 3:00pm

This webinar will allow you to hear directly from manufacturers utilizing Apprenticeship Illinois and advanced technologies to address common pain points changing the future of manufacturing.

Welcoming Remarks: Acting Director Sylvia Garcia, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Kristy Johns, Marketing Manager, IMEC.


ADME: "Making It: Women Manufacturers Find Success"

Wednesday | October 27 | 10:00am

Panelists will share best practices and offer advice that can help entrepreneurs in all industries. This event is in honor of Manufacturing Month and Women's Small Business Month!

Welcoming Remarks: Deputy Director Vanessa Uribe, Office of Minority Economic Empowerment, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Kristy Johns, Marketing Manager, IMEC.


IGNITE YOUR FUTURE: Automation and Workforce Solutions for Manufacturers
Thursday | October 28 | 8:30am – 1:00pm

During this onsite event held at Richard J. Daley College attendees will learn from manufacturing leaders who have identified ways to address the skills gap and hiring challenges. A tour of the new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Lab will also be provided.  The event is at no cost, however, registration is required.



Meet the Illinois Makers and see why manufacturers continue to choose to invest and expand in Illinois.  Learn more about resources and events during Manufacturing Month at