One of the largest efforts to help veterans gain a foothold in the manufacturing
sector kicks off in Schaumburg Dec. 18, the Illinois Department of Veterans’
Affairs announced Tuesday.

CHICAGO – One of the largest efforts to help veterans gain a foothold in the manufacturing
sector kicks off in Schaumburg Dec. 18, the Illinois Department of Veterans’
Affairs announced Tuesday.

“The manufacturing sector in Illinois is in dire need of thousands of trained workers, and military
veterans are in a unique position to meet this demand,” said IDVA Assistant Director Rodrigo
Garcia. “Illinois manufacturers are specifically looking for veterans who can bring soft skills and
technical experience to their workplaces.”

The "Mission: Military 2 Manufacturing" event, which is different from a traditional hiring fair,
will serve to educate veterans and members of the National Guard and the Reserve on available
jobs, salaries and career paths available in advanced manufacturing and logistics.

Participants will have a free, one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with training experts and like-minded
business professionals, as well as meet other veterans who have already made the transition
to civilian positions in the manufacturing field.

They will also meet employers and agency experts, who will host in-depth breakout sessions on specific training and career opportunities.

Each attendee will leave the event with a detailed, personalized plan for the transition into a
manufacturing or logistics position.

Numerous other key organizations are supporting and taking part in the event, including the
Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Illinois Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Illinois Joining Forces (IJF), Harper College, Daley College,
Medusa Consulting Group, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), Business and Career
Services, Inc. (BCS), Illinois workNet, the Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA) and
APICS, the Association for Operations Management.

The program will take place from 1to 5:00 p.m. Dec. 18, at
the Mazak Corporation Building, located at 300 East Commerce Drive in Schaumburg,
60173. To register, please visit www.military2manufacturing.eventbrite.com, or contact Max
Dulberger at IDVA at Max.Dulberger@illinois.gov or 312- 814-5538.