CHICAGO, IL – Today, the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) and mHUB, a physical product innovation and manufacturing hub, announced a partnership between the two major manufacturing organizations that is a crucial step in increasing workforce development and connecting physical product entrepreneurs with manufacturing industry leaders to create opportunities for collaborative innovation.
The new partnership will allow both TMA and mHUB to aid and grow the manufacturing industry in Illinois by cultivating the next generation of manufacturer leaders. Through the agreement, TMA and mHUB will provide members of their communities with a wide range of training courses and access to machines, as well as networking opportunities at mHUB’s state-of-the-art facility in Chicago.
“TMA is excited about this partnership with mHUB,” said Steve Rauschenberger, President of TMA. “By providing physical product innovators with access to resources like labs and machines, workshops, mentors and industry connections, mHUB is making a real difference for our community. TMA is proud to be one of the initial founders of mHUB, and happy to install machines that will be used for the next generation of industry leaders. We look forward to working with mHUB to help foster creative solutions and innovations for the manufacturing industry.”
“TMA has been a true supporter of mHUB since the beginning, and we’re looking forward to taking the partnership to the next level,” said Haven Allen, mHUB Executive Director. The bright future of our region’s manufacturing leadership depends on workforce preparedness and bringing fresh ideas and perspectives into the industry. Through our partnership with TMA, our startups will engage with manufacturers and collaborate to bring the next generation of products to market, as we in turn prepare new workforces with the necessary training to support them.”
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Founded in 1925, the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) represents and supports manufacturers in the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding counties in northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and southern Wisconsin. TMA has almost 1,000 members and represents over 32,000 employees and nearly 26M square feet of manufacturing in Illinois.
mHUB is creating the conditions for product innovation to thrive. We’re an innovation hub for physical product development and manufacturing with a diverse membership of over 300 entrepreneurs focused on developing breakthrough products in IoT connected device, consumer products, medical device and more. mHUB’s mission is to galvanize the manufacturing ecosystem of industry leaders and entrepreneurs to drive collaborative product innovation. By providing our members with access to labs and equipment, industry experts and workshops, and a community of other product innovators, we’re helping turn ideas into prototypes, and prototypes into sustainable new businesses that will ensure the region’s continued leadership in global manufacturing.