Artwork: Maclyn for Choose DuPage

Meet manufacturers making products in DuPage:

 

What do a stove and shopping cart have in common? 

 

Hint: The answer does NOT involve food. 

 

Still thinking??? Ready to give up? 

 

Here’s the answer: Both contain BENT WIRES! 

 

The wire rack inside your oven is shaped by the same machine that creates your Costco cart.

Made in DuPage artwork by MACLYN for Choose DuPage

Automotive Seating Wireform

A wine rack made with an IP Automation machine

From your car seat to your car hood, everyday objects contain wires – both seen and unseen.

 

Manufacturing those wire products is an important part of the manufacturing landscape in DuPage County.

 

When you put a key in a door and turn the lock, odds are strong the Downers Grove company IP Automation Inc. might have played a role. Known for its wireforming machines and automation lines, IP Automation Inc. is one of several players in a supply chain of vendors, suppliers, and consumers comprising our regional economy.

 

Like other businesses in the area,  IP Automation was impacted by COVID-19. Spacious suburban facilities made social distancing easier -- up to 25 feet between workers; however, some things were out of the company's control. 

 

“We shipped two machines at the beginning of this year to Canada, but to this day, we still can’t get there to finish installing them. Still, certain customers are actually busier – the people making shopping carts are busy and automotive is picking back up,” says President Tom Christofilis.

IP Automation’s i8D-33L-Dual Head Bender

When it comes to doing business in DuPage County,  Tom Christofilis calls the region ideal. “There are simply more resources,” he says, emphasizing the high-tech workforce and access to large suppliers, vendors, and engineering support. “When you can call in the morning and have it in the afternoon, it’s a huge deal - specifically, if you’re trying to time to market.”

 

Employees at IP Automation typically have an engineering background or experience with machine building, machining, fabrication, or welding. “We’re always looking for CNC machinists, welders, and technicians,” Tom says. “A lot of what we look for is attitude. It really comes down to how much drive someone’s got.”

 

Resourceful people, DIYers who turn to YouTube to fix a broken dryer or repair a leaking faucet, make the best hires.

 

Manufacturing has undergone rapid modernization over the past 20 years to keep pace with the global economy. Incorporating cutting edge technologies and developing new products, manufacturing companies in DuPage County are constantly innovating. Behind these creative processes is a skilled workforce of “makers” carving out career paths for themselves in rewarding fields.

If you answered yes, then a career in manufacturing might be for you.

Manufacturing is the process of adding value to raw materials by turning them into products. In DuPage County, the primary manufacturing industries are metals and food, but the world of high-tech manufacturing encompasses a wide-range of industries with employers eager to add more highly skilled workers to their team.

Manufacturing has undergone rapid modernization over the past 20 years to keep pace with the global economy. Incorporating cutting edge technologies and developing new products, manufacturing companies in DuPage County are constantly innovating. Behind these creative processes is a skilled workforce of “makers” carving out career paths for themselves in rewarding fields.

In-Demand Manufacturing Jobs

We identified 7 high-demand jobs with available training programs in manufacturing. A WIOA grant can pay for up to $10,000 of training.

Meet more manufacturers making products in DuPage:

Metal Manufacturing

MADE AT FUSION OEM

  • Fusion OEM assembles the machines that produce the air-filled “pillows” that protect all those items you order from Amazon, machines that place the plastic “six pack” rings on beer cans and the Carvey, a unit that small businesses, “makers” and students use to mill untold number of innovative products!