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  Albert Spalding
 
Albert SpaldingProfessional baseball player turned industrialist, Spaulding hit a homer with his sporting goods business.
  Laurens Hammond
 
Laurens HammondFounder of the Hammond Organ Company, his Hammond B3 may be the world's greatest organ, loved in rock concerts and church naves alike.
  Cyrus McCormick
 
His father invented one of farming's most revolutionary products, The reaper, and by bringing it to American farmers via Chicago production, McCormick became a household name worldwide.
  William Grainger
 
Manufacturers around the world know that it is nearly impossible to make a product without using his resource guide: The Grainger Catalog.
  Raymond J. Malony
 
Raymond J. MalonyHis company, Bally Mfg. showed that manufacturing can be fun by giving the world the pinball machine, Space Invaders and Pac-Man.
 
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Manufacturing
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Moving product - volunteers distribute Passover packages that include food bound for less fortunate people during the Jewish holiday.
 
 

The International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest gathering of manufacturers in North America. It is universally regarded as the premier trade show for manufacturers around the world and is considered to be a must-appear event for those who would remain competitive. The trade show only occurs once every two years - and when it does, it happens in Chicago.

It's no accident that Chicago developed as a manufacturing center, or that industry has managed to remain vibrant while manufacturing has floundered in other parts of the country. The reason for Chicago's resilience and dominance is a combination of diversity, innovation and infrastructure.

Chicago, for example, was never simply a steel town; but instead used its mighty steel mills as essential building blocks in a grander scheme. Thus the furnaces at Illinois Steel (later U.S. Steel) were used to fuel the economic engine of railroads and shipbuilding. With bright immigrant minds arriving daily in the Windy City, the spinoffs continued and the manufacturing base of Chicago grew broader, until the list of items "Made in Chicago" seemed longer than the list of those that weren't.

Today, many of the roughly 16,000 manufacturers in Chicagoland ply their trades in the many industrial parks and business incubators that dot the suburban landscape. Concentrations of heavy manufacturing are still visible on Hubbard Street between Lake and Chicago avenues. The area surrounding O'Hare Airport is also a haven for manufacturers, with abundant resources and transportation close at hand.

The Illinois Manufacturers' Association, formed in 1893, is the largest state manufacturing trade association in the United States today, and The Chicago Manufacturing Center helps companies improve productivity and identify markets.

 
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