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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 100 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 three 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 and making Chicago a global manufacturing powerhouse. 

CMMC Goals

  • Grow and promote the Chicago region as a global manufacturing powerhouse. 

  • Nurture and expand regional collaboration and inclusive growth to collectively support the metal and machinery cluster's increased productivity. 

  • Create a one-stop network to serve the needs of metal manufacturers in the region.

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