CMMC Mission

Create a regional cluster organization to enhance the growth and development of the fabricated metal and machinery sectors.

On October 13, 2016 in celebration of National Manufacturing Month, the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium partnered with DesignHouse to host Women in Metals Design Jam.

About CMMC

CMMC offers manufacturers resources to grow their businesses through collaboration and networking, market intelligence, and promotion of the region as a leading center for manufacturing. 

The Chicago region, including Northeast Illinois' seven counties (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will) and the city of Chicago, have been working together across county/city borders to bring more economic opportunities to the larger metro Chicago area.

Along with our partners, the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) was formed in 2014 and was designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, an "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership" (IMCP). Since its formation, CMMC has developed into a pivotal platform for metal manufacturers and partners in the Chicago region.

CMMC has grown from 25 to over 80 diverse partners from government, universities, research institutions, workforce agencies and training colleges, trade associations, other member organizations, and private businesses. CMMC has developed programs and activities which support and advance the region's metal cluster, such as successful supply chain matchmaking events. And over the last two years, CMMC has leveraged over $46 million in public and private resources directly impacting manufacturers in Illinois, with a focus on strengthening the fabricated metal and machinery sectors. 

Our Priorities

Our Goals

CMMC is committed to focusing our efforts in the following three areas, which are aligned with the U.S. Economic Development Administration's IMCP's priorities, to accelerate growth in key segments of the metal manufacturing industry.


Innovation and Technology

Trade and International Investment

Learn more about our priorities here.

Learn more about our goals here. 

CMMC in Action

Our Team

Irene Sherr and Vanessa Uribe at Sciaky, Inc. in Chicago, home of North America's largest 3D printer

Irene Sherr and Vanessa Uribe at Sciaky, Inc. in Chicago, home of North America's largest 3D printer

Irene Sherr

Assistant Deputy Bureau Chief, Bureau of Economic Development, Cook County

Vanessa Uribe

Program Manager, CMMC, Cook County