Constellation Energy

Intelligent Energy Management Solutions

As a member of Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, you have the power of Constellation, a national leader in the retail energy industry and the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association’s endorsed energy supplier.

Constellation helps members like you develop intelligent energy management solutions to stabilize their energy budgets, reduce energy costs, improve facility operations, and advance sustainability goals. Teaming up with Constellation allows you to take advantage of powerful benefits offered to Illinois Manufacturers’ Association members. These benefits include:

  • Flexible purchasing options
  • Knowledgeable, dedicated energy representatives
  • Customized energy plans
  • User-friendly online energy management tools
  • Transparent billing

As a leading integrated energy company, Constellation touches every aspect of the energy value chain. We can help members like you free up capital and regain control of operational expenses through a turn-key financial solution. Customers across the U.S. rely on Constellation to help them intelligently buy, manage and use energy.

Introducing the IMA Electricity Purchasing Pool

As the endorsed energy supplier to the IMA, Constellation helps members develop energy management solutions to protect their bottom line. Our newest energy management solution, the IMA Electricity Purchasing Pool, aggregates electricity load from participating members and creates a structured, systematic purchasing strategy to manage energy costs and risk over time.

For more information about Constellation:

Contact: Rich Cialabrini
Call: 888.312.1563
Visit: http://www.constellation.com/ima

Employee Training Investment Program (ETIP)

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is pleased to announce receipt of an Employer Training Investment Program grant (ETIP) for fiscal year 2019 through the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) with support from the Governor and lawmakers who approved funding for the job training program. The grant term will be July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. All training that occurs during this time period may qualify for reimbursement based on eligibility requirements.

The IMA administers the ETIP grant on behalf of the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity for manufacturing companies in Illinois. Participating companies must have a physical location in the state of Illinois and agree to train only their full-time Illinois based employees. The IMA works with its member companies through the entire process to help them receive reimbursement for their job training expenses. Each participating company must complete a company profile identifying the company location from which their employees will be participating and schedules detailing all training each company has completed. The schedules must include number of participants, dates of training, and cost of training. The reports for the next submission (July 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) must be forwarded by email only to Janie Stanley, Revenue & Grant Administrator at jstanley@ima-net.orgno later than Friday, March 1, 2019.

The grant is being administered on a quarterly basis with funding allocated on a first come, first-served approach. With the state’s bill payment cycle, there may be some slight delay in receiving reimbursement once approved. Grant funds may be used to cover no more than 50% of actual approved expenses related to the training for a company’s full-time employees. Participating companies are required to fund a match amount of the remaining 50 percent. Eligible expenditures must fall within the following budget categories:

  • External vendor/trainer or tuition expense (copies of paid invoices must also be submitted)
  • Internal company-based instructor wages at the actual hourly wage rate

The IMA will work with companies to collect and submit the proper forms. DCEO has the sole discretion in determining the final approved funding level for ETIP grants. Historically, the ETIP multi-company awards have excluded expenses for trainee wages and fringe benefits.

Definitions

Participant/Participating Company – An Illinois-based company who meets the eligibility requirements of the Award and is selected by the Grantee for participation in the employee job training grant opportunity.

Trainee – Is a full-time employee of a participant company who receives training from funds made available through the grant opportunity.

New Trainee – a full-time, Illinois-based employee hired or transferred by the company on or after July 1, 2018 and trained during the Award Term.

An Existing Trainee – is an Illinois-based employee hired prior to the beginning of the Award Term and trained during the Award Term.

Grant Eligible Expenses

Grant funds may be used to cover no more than 50% of a participating company’s actual expenses related to the delivery of training for their full-time employees. Participating companies will be required to fund an equal or greater match amount of the remaining eligible training cost. Expenditures for participant companies must fall within the following categories:

  • Internal company-based instructor wages at the actual hourly wage rate
  • External instructional vendor/trainer expenses related to tuition costs of course. No materials.
  • Employee external training tuition or training fee expenses

All training activities and related expenditures must have been initiated and completed during the Award Term.

Grant Ineligible Expenses

  • Employee Travel costs
  • Training Program Development/Preparation/Planning Conference/Workshop/Seminars (unless certificate of completion is issued)
  • Depreciable Equipment
  • Consulting Fees

Eligible Training Activities

Training activities should be delivered in structured group training or classroom setting overseen by qualified internal employees or external instructors hired, contracted, or paid by the participating company. Training should be directly associated with an employee’s day-to-day activities and must enhance skills related to the job that the employee is performing. One-on-one and on-the-job (OJT) training can be considered for approval (pre-approval from Grantor required) when group training is not practical, and the training can be delivered through a structured training platform where skill progression is documented and verified. The Grantor reserves the right to deny reimbursement of any training submitted that it deems not to meet program eligibility.

Examples of acceptable training activities include but may not be limited to:

  • Training programs required to respond to new or changing technologies, processes, product lines, machinery or equipment being introduced into the workplace.
  • Training necessary to implement continuous improvement systems in the workplace, including quality certifications.
  • Training employees in skills necessary to enable company to establish, maintain or expand into new export markets.
  • Training related to regulatory compliance as mandated for the workplace.
  • Basic and/or remedial training of employees ONLY as a prerequisite or pathway for other vocational or technical skills training.
  • Training to upgrade technical workplace skills.

Ineligible Training Activities
Examples of ineligible training activities include, but may not limited to:

  • Tuition Reimbursement for GED, College Credit/Degree
  • Professional Continuing Education
  • Skills Assessment
  • Team Building
  • On-the-Job (non-structured)
  • Employee Orientation Training
  • Soft Skills Basic Remedial
  • Human Resource Practices
  • Time Management
  • Strategic Planning Development

Ineligible Employee/Trainee

Employees of participating companies who are part-time, seasonal, contractual or temporary are not eligible to participate in ETIP/Award sponsored training activities. To be eligible as a participant, a person must be a full-time, Illinois-based employee of the participating company working from a facility located in Illinois.

DOWNLOAD FORMS HERE:

Company Profile fy19
Company Course Expenditure Report for Participant Company fy19
Company Expenditure Report fy19
Company Master Training Roster fy19
Company Sign In Attendance Sheet fy19

This publication and material were supported in whole or in part by a special appropriation multi-company grant program awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Representations made by this publication and material do not necessarily reflect the opinions and conclusions of the Department.

Heritage-Crystal Clean Parts Cleaning

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association has partnered with Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCC) as its preferred provider of parts cleaning and industrial waste services. HCC provides premium services at competitive prices, and has the capability to provide all of your parts cleaning, industrial waste, used oil collection, and vacuum services needs. All IMA members are entitled to special discounts of at least 25%. Additional member benefits include zero installation fees on all new machines and no waste profile fees on all new waste streams. HCC guarantees to reduce your environmental services cost. The IMA is proud to have HCC as an Affinity Partner and member. Please feel free to contact HCC at 877-938-7948 or visit our Web site at www.Crystal-Clean.com.

Manufacturers Marketplace

The Manufacturers Marketplace is a nationwide manufacturing database designed to bring together companies looking to expand their market and/or secure their supply chain.  It provides the most comprehensive search capability including locations, processes, certifications, NAICS & SIC codes, capabilities and much more.  It allows for unlimited searches and constant profile updating.

The IMA partnered with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to develop and offer this database to manufacturers of all sizes, on a nationwide basis.  Over 300,000 companies are currently listed.  The IMA and the NAM are continually reaching out to manufacturers to encourage enrollment so profiles can be completed and searching for the perfect partner can begin.  Activity grows daily.

Any manufacturer can enroll in the Marketplace without being a member of the IMA or the NAM but will be charged the full annual license fee of $2,500.00 per manufacturing location.  It is only through membership in either the IMA or the NAM that a company can get the code to obtain an 80% Discount.

The IMA is the only manufacturers’ trade association in Illinois to offer this resource.

Benefits for a small to mid-size manufacturer:

  • Nationwide EXPOSURE
  • Control of your profile content
  • Ability to update your profile as your capabilities and market offerings change
  • An affordable and efficient way to market your company
  • An efficient way to search for suppliers

Benefits for large manufacturers:

  • Comprehensive, precise search ability based on manufacturers’ capabilities
  • Instant access to hundreds of thousands of manufacturers across the country
  • Meaningful search fields like processes, certifications, products, NAICS & SIC Codes
  • Efficient and cost effective supply chain diversification and risk mitigation tool at your fingertips

Manufacturers Marketplace FAQ – To learn more, click on this link for more details.

To schedule a demo of the Marketplace,  visit ManufacturersMarketplace.us and click on the ‘Attend a Demo’ link for scheduling.

How do I get started?

Contact anyone from the IMA Membership Team to discuss next steps.
Cindy Tomei, VP of Sales & Marketing – 630-824-9372
Barbara DiMonte, Membership Rep – 630-824-9374
Randy Prince, Membership Rep – 217-303-8493

Aramark Uniform Services

The IMA’s partnership with Aramark Uniform Services was conceived in 2010. As a supplier of uniforms and dust control products, Aramark has a reputation for taking care of its customers and has consistently been recognized by Fortune magazine as the best in their industry. If you’re looking to give your team and location a fresh look, now is an excellent time to talk to Aramark. Aramark can outfit your employees and business site with the professional image that’s right for you. Uniforms, dust control products and a complete line of restroom supplies are available. As an IMA member company, you can take advantage of Aramark’s exceptional services and large variety of products at great negotiated prices. Aramark’s goal is to fit the way your team works. Please contact the IMA to learn how you can begin saving on your uniform and dust control needs today.

First Communications Association Program

First Communications Association Program

As a member of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, you can take advantage of First Communications’ program helping bridge technology with world class customer service.

First Communications is a leading technology solutions provider offering data networking, voice and managed services throughout the Midwest, with a 24x7x365 Network Management Center in Chicago. First Communications is dedicated to pairing effective customer communications with next generation technology.

Technology solutions from First Communications are built to help your business grow and operate seamlessly.  With your membership in the IMA, First Communications will provide your organization Discounted Pricing, Customized Solutions, and a Dedicated Account Support team.

Let First Communications help with all of your technology needs from:

  • Cloud PBX Services – move your phone system to the cloud to reduce costs
  • SIP Trunking
  • SD-WAN Service – software defined network to improve network performance
  • Managed Security
  • Ethernet/MPLS/VPLS
  • Data Center Services

For more information about First Communications, please contact John Madura at (312) 334-0047 or jmadura@firstcomm.com

IMA Ship and Save

YRC

IMA members can save at least 70% on qualifying less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments.  YRCW offers flexible, efficient solutions, including comprehensive regional and national coverage with a full suite of guaranteed, expedited and specialized services.

  • Expedited Precision™ offers you expedited, time-definite, air and ground service backed by our industry-leading customer satisfaction guarantee.
  • Guaranteed Precision™ will get your goods to their destination with a guarantee, ensuring delivery, on or before the standard service date by noon, 5 p.m., or within a customer-defined window, or you don’t pay.
  • Exhibit is a single source to satisfy your shipping needs to, from and between trade shows – including air and ground, expedited and guaranteed.
  • Cross-border dedicated service to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
  • YRC.com allows users to easily access shipping information 24/7.

To enroll visit www.1800members.com/ilma. For more information or if you would like a quote on a pending shipment emailsaveonfreight@1800members.com or call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377)


 

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Ship and Save with UPS

IMA Members now have access to even better members-only discounts of up to 40%, plus get 50% off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll* – no matter how much you ship, when you ship, or where it’s going.Open a new account, or if you are already taking advantage of our UPS savings program, re-enroll and apply the new discounts to your existing account by visiting: http://www.savewithups.com/ilma or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., ET.

*Visit http://www.savewithups.com/ilma for specific services and discounts.

Receive enhanced protection.

Minimize financial setbacks with insurance through UPS Capital Insurance Agency, Inc., by protecting your shipments. Members can save up to 17% over their current declared value and there is no fee to sign up, simply enter the value of your goods in the declared value field of the shipping system.

Click here  for additional information.

Print and produce a wide variety of marketing materials online.

The UPS Store® provides members with quick, affordable and effortless digital printing solutions with easy online ordering and expert customer service.

First time users, visit: meridianone.upsstoreprint.com/offer/ilma

Returning users, visit: meridianone.upsstoreprint.com


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With Estes, IMA members receive at least 70% off qualifying less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. Estes is the largest privately-held (LTL) company in North America—as well as a total solutions provider for all of your local, national and international shipping needs.

In addition to our national network of over 750 million one- and two-day shipping lanes, customers count on us for our regional expertise. Our direct service territory covers every state—including Alaska and Hawaii—and we also ship to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Then there’s delivery to nearly any address in Canada and Mexico, plus worldwide ground- and airfreight-forwarding services. No matter where your shipment needs to go or when it needs to get there, Estes has you covered.

To enroll visit www.1800members.com/ilma. For more information or if you would like a quote on a pending shipment emailsaveonfreight@1800members.com or call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377)

Office Depot Partner Program

IMA members save 10% off the web price on more than 30,000 office supplies through the Office Depot Partner Program. Helping you save while working better in your office, home, school, or car.  Click here to set up your discount account or to begin shopping and saving online or in the store today!

Office Depot, Inc. and the IMA have partnered to provide exclusive savings on all of your business needs, including deep discounts on:

  • Office Essentials
  • Cleaning and Breakroom Solutions
  • Copy & Print Services
  • Technology
  • Furniture

Let Office Depot save you time and money! Whether you’re a company of 5 or 500 employees we can help!

CLICK HERE for your IMA member store purchasing card.

Illinois Manufacturers' Incentive Program

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association added a new incentive program to assist members planning significant consolidation or expansion projects. For those companies considering new capital investments that will exceed $2.5 million and will create at least 25 new jobs, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Incentive Program (IMIP) could provide significant savings. It has already saved a number of IMA members several million dollars.

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association offers a service, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Incentive Program (IMIP), to its members planning significant consolidation or expansion projects. For those companies considering new capital investment that will exceed $2.5 million and will create at least 25 new jobs over a two-year period, this program could provide significant savings. It has already been utilized to save a number of our members several million dollars.

This program is administered by economic development professionals who have successfully negotiated many of the major manufacturing expansions in Illinois over the past 20 years. The cost of this service is insignificant relative to the benefits you may receive. For more information, please contact Mark Frech at 217-718-4203, or mfrech@ima-net.org.

Illinois Manufacturer’s Directory (MNI)

MNI compiles and publishes profiles of U.S. manufacturers. Each company profile contains up to thirty detailed facts, including names & titles of decision makers. Whether you have a product or service to sell, or are looking to purchase parts or supplies, MNI can connect you with nearly half a million manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, and industrial service providers.

IMA members receive a 20% discount off the list price of MNI directories and online database subscriptions when you order online using the links below.

Illinois Manufacturers Directory

  • Profiles over 16,000 manufacturers & 50,000 executives
  • Five sections, cross referenced
  • Published each January
  • Learn More  
  • Order Directories

The Industrial Database

Prospecting, Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Recruiting

  • Real time access from your PC, Mac, Tablet, Smartphone
  • Research company details
  • Build unlimited prospect lists
  • Export, print, or share profiles
  • Free Demo
  • Order Databases

The Industrial Marketplace

Procurement, Quoting, Sourcing, Purchasing, Vendor Selection

  • Free industrial marketplace
  • Search by product or service
  • Obtain competitive quotes
  • Order parts and supplies
  • Find a Supplier

Make sure your manufacturing company is properly represented in MNI’s database by adding or updating your free profile.