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Quinn announces manufacturing research project

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn and University of Illinois officials have announced an effort to bring research and technical resources to Illinois manufacturers.

The newly launched Illinois Manufacturing Lab was announced Friday. It will start with pilot projects at 10 Illinois companies, targeting solutions to manufacturing challenges.

Crain's Chicago Business reports (http://bit.ly/1dxj3a2 ) that the state is committing $5 million to the effort and University of Illinois trustees are expected to vote on matching funds for the project. UI Labs is the umbrella organization for the initiative.

The manufacturers involved in the pilot projects are Chicago-based Gold Eagle, Addison-based SWD Inc., Chicago-based Transco Products, Dixon-based Raynor Manufacturing, Congerville-based Premier Fabrication, Pekin-based Excel Foundry, Batavia-based Tek Pak, Streamwood-based Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, Lake Zurich-based Morgan Bronze Products and Wheeling-based Numerical Precision.

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