Advancing sustainable development anchored in manufacturing.


The pandemic has moved our programs online, but we are finding creative ways to make it work. Your donation puts tools in the hands of our participants so they can continue learning at home. Learn more about M-Pak.



The Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) is a network of organizations and individuals who are advocates for policies and programs related to expanding manufacturing in our region. Join us!

Training, job placements and supports for youth and young adults. Manufacturing Connect serves in-school youth, ages 14-18, and the Young Manufacturers Association serves young adults, ages 18-29. 

Re/Cast is a new 501c3 co-founded by Manufacturing Renaissance which seeks to retain manufacturing companies in Chicagoland and diversify ownership. 



Manufacturing Renaissance is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, founded in 1982 in effort to address the wide scale loss of jobs and its impact on communities.

Today, our Mission is to advance sustainable development anchored in manufacturing.

MR’s strategic approach is guided by a comprehensive understanding of sustainable development, as defined by the United Nations, and grounded in experience over the last 35 years.

We are guided by these values:

  • Social justice

  • Leadership development

  • Innovation in wealth creation

  • Respect for workers, communities and the environment


 NIMS industry credentials earned by participants


Work-experiences facilitated for youth and young adults


Raised for advanced manufacturing training in Chicago


Manufacturing employer partners




For general information contact Erica Staley, Executive Director, 773-278-5418 ext 20 or email 

Are you between 14-18 and interested in learning more about careers in manufacturing? Contact Leslye Long, Asst. Program Director, 773-278-5418 ext 30 or email

Are you between 18-29 and interested in learning more about how to start a career in manufacturing? Contact Torres Hughes, YMA Coordinator, at 773-278-5418 ext 30 or email

3411 W. Diversey Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

773-278-5418 ext 20

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