Anyone who thinks manufacturing in America is dead probably wasn’t at Elk Grove High School on Monday, when dozens of businesses and hundreds of visitors saw the forefront and enormous potential of the oft-maligned industry. .
The Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo returns for its eighth year to promote the village’s large industrial business community and connect local manufacturers with corporate decision makers from across the country. .
Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee was also on hand to meet participants and serve as guest speaker.
at the exhibitors’ lunch and at the company awards ceremony. The athletics legend named by Sports Illustrated as the greatest female athlete of the 20th century was also in town on Sunday to run a youth clinic with other Olympians.
“The exhibit is a vital opportunity for networking, collaboration, communication and sourcing within our thriving marketplace, and having Jackie Joyner-Kersee highlight the event is a unique opportunity to promote the business community and the village, ”said Craig Johnson, Mayor of Elk Grove Village. in an earlier announcement of the event.
The village presented several prizes during the exhibitors’ lunch in the categories innovation, sustainability and industrial development of the year. The village also honored several businesses with a community support award for their response during the COVID-19 pandemic. These companies either donated masks and gloves to first responders, donated to local social service agencies, or retooled their facilities to produce PPE when supply chains faltered.