Chicago Metro Metal Consortium

Investing in six areas

Our Priorities

The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) is committed to focusing our efforts in the following six 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.


Workforce and Education

Address regional workforce and education gaps by promoting stronger partnerships between manufacturers and training providers, identifying and finding solutions for the skills/wage 'gap,' and encouraging careers in manufacturing.

Co-Chairs: McHenry County Economic Development Corporation and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership


Innovation and Technology

Accelerate process innovation by identifying 'open innovation' strategies in metal manufacturing and promoting university research and engaging SMEs in applied research for increased competitive advantage.

Co-Chairs: Cook County and World Business Chicago


International Trade and Investment

Increase exports and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of the Chicago region through Metro Chicago Exports and connections to regional services, opportunities for peer learning, and reducing barriers for entering new markets.

Co-Chairs: Lake County Partners and the University of Illinois


Infrastructure and Site Development 

Identify and support transportation and infrastructure projects to faciliate worker access to manufacturing jobs and contribute to the region's economic competitiveness.

Co-Chairs: Kane County, Will County Center for Economic Development, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)


Supplier Networks 

Improve the regional supply chain by hosting 'manufacturing matchmaking' events that connect metal manufacturers and a variety of end users.

Co-Chairs:  Kendall County and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)


Operational Improvement and Capital Access

Improve business operations and sustainability by increasing access to capital, reducing manufacturers' production costs, and building efforts to faciliate industrial energy efficiency.

Co-Chairs: Choose DuPage and Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing