Manufacturing Discussion Draws Congresswoman to Sandvik Coromant Productivity Center

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) visited the Schaumburg, Ill., Sandvik Coromant Productivity Center on August 23, to participate in a discussion on future of manufacturing in the particularly fertile Chicago area.

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U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) visited the Schaumburg, Ill., Sandvik Coromant Productivity Center on August 23, to participate in a discussion on future of manufacturing in the particularly fertile Chicago area. Recent studies have shown the region to possess a unique mix of infrastructure, geography, and potential labor force that makes it suitable for ramped up technology and manufacturing sectors. Local manufacturing business owners attended the event, co-hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning (CMAP).

This event provided an opportunity for public and private stakeholders to discuss the issues facing manufacturing, and actions being taken to support the regional economy. The congresswoman addressed the skills gap in manufacturing by highlighting the need for a stronger link between skills certifications and job placement.

“This is a continuation of the work that I've been doing since I got to Congress--moving this district forward is all about manufacturing,” Congresswoman Duckworth says. “We have the largest concentration of tool and die manufacturers in the entire nation right here in this congressional district, but we still have capacity. And this is all about capacity, not just in businesses themselves, but in terms of the manpower and workforce, and the capacity we have there as well.”

Sandvik Coromant’s Kevin Clay addressed the important support role productivity centers, like the one he manages in Schaumburg, Ill., have in the equation. Staffed with highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors and engineers, these centers serve as resource centers for both theory-based training and education, and real-world manufacturing consultation and solution. ​