Slidematic Fastener Division Has Its Eye on Growth

This Rockford manufacturer has found a sweet spot in perpetual growth. See how a philosophy that’s geared toward product evolution has kept this company ahead of its competitors.

Beloit Box Board: Adding Value to Your Wastepaper

Believe it or not, concepts of recycling and sustainability aren’t all that new to some manufacturers. Step inside a Beloit-area paperboard maker whose process is much the same as it was a century ago.

From Idea to Flight, Engineers Make It Happen

Long before an airplane lifts off, engineers and designers must create every working part. Step inside Rockford’s Ingenium Aerospace and discover what drives our region’s manufacturing prowess.

EIGERlab: A Home-Grown Engine For Job Growth

In a city where manufacturing is our greatest industry, it’s easy to forget the impact of generating our own jobs and wealth. Step inside Rockford’s EIGERlab, where home-grown entrepreneurialism is the basis for a new economic paradigm

Spider Company’s Growing Role in Aerospace

Manufacturing has changed quite a bit, but it still provides nearly a fifth of our local jobs. Step inside this Rockford aerospace manufacturer that embraces both old-school production and new-school technology.