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$5M Cook County grant program will help suburban manufacturers

Friday, August 12, 2022
The Daily
by Erin Hegarty

COOK COUNTY MANUFACTURING GRANTS — A new $5 million grant program is expected to help local suburban manufacturers become more competitive and resilient amid the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced on Thursday. Preckwinkle joined the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center to launch the Manufacturing Reinvented program. Under the program, the county will reimburse suburban Cook County companies for expenses tied to approved projects aimed at improving operations including automation, enhanced productivity, supply chain resilience and strategic planning. “Manufacturing plays a critical role in Cook County’s economy,” Preckwinkle said in the news release. “It is an economic engine, driven by family-owned firms, not by a powerhouse of a few large multi-nationals. Manufacturing in Cook County is a community of small businesspeople who live and work in the Chicago region and represent diverse business sectors, such as metal fabrication, food manufacturing and processing, and machinery.” The program is funded with federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars and the grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000. Additionally as part of the program, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center is set to work with manufacturers on the scope of their projects and evaluating solutions (Hegarty)


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