How do you replace a retiring generation of experienced workers in a high-tech, highly demanding field? For local industries and educators, it begins on a pathway that equips our young people with region’s most in-demand skill sets. ...

Maybe you’ve never heard of Flocon Inc., in Woodstock, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen their work. Take a look inside this growing firm and its strategy for staying globally competitive. ...

Six brothers set out to find their fortunes, each guided by his work in the family bakery. This is the story of how those brothers have carried the lessons and work of their youth into successful enterprises that all lead back to home. ...

Long used as an aid to traditional manufacturing, 3-D printing is coming into its own as a unique means of production. Step inside one of the region’s top printing studios and explore how this Crystal Lake team continues printing its way into the next big thing. ...

A simple solution and some creative engineering were all it took for Jim Schultz to sell his product to MasterCraft Boats. See how engineering drives this Lake Zurich manufacturer's innovative products. ...

Part of a series: Meet a roofing specialist who's built a reputation for quality through three generations of ownership. ...

Forget what you think you know about factories. Many of today’s production centers are clean, high-tech places to work – and these employers are thirsty for a new generation of workers. ...

What if college wasn’t the only post-high school path for our students? That’s what a dedicated group of business, city and education leaders are asking, as they pull back the curtain on manufacturing. ...

We’re fascinated with that “Made in America” label, but where do our favorite goods really come from? Some of the best are made right at home. ...

Manufacturing has come a long way from the dark, dirty factories of yesterday. Meet the educators, businesses and civic leaders who are promoting today’s high-tech, high-skilled manufacturing companies along the I-90 corridor. ...