Advancing sustainable development anchored in manufacturing.



The Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC) is a public-private partnership of diverse stakeholders. 

Manufacturing Connect (MC) is a nationally-recognized career pathways program. Includes the Young Manufacturers Association (YMA)

Re/Cast retains manufacturing companies and diversifies 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



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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