1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing

Placing people on the path to a career in advanced manufacturing

1000 Jobs is a pilot campaign developed by World Business Chicago’s Advisory Council for Chicagoland Manufacturing and funded by approximately $1 million in public and private contributions.



Promote Manufacturing Careers

Raise the profile of working in advanced manufacturing

Increase Job Placements

Refine workforce engagement to eliminate inefficiencies in order to accelerate placements

Identify Best-Practices

Identify and codify best practices, and distribute findings to workforce development system


Secured more than $1 million in public-private funding
Built a coalition of more than 100 manufacturing industry organizations
Launched marketing & PR campaign to raise awareness of manufacturing careers

Placed 370 people into jobs and 150 people into training programs
Formed key partnerships with community-based organizations


Gain access to a pool of candidates and additional services
from our account executives at no cost.
Contact us if you’re a manufacturer
ready to become a WBC 1000 Jobs partner,
or if you would like to learn more
about how the campaign can benefit you.
Job Seekers

Connect with advanced manufacturing jobs on the 1000 Jobs website.


Steering Committee

Dean Bartles – Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute | Jim Nelson – Illinois Manufacturers Association | Karin Norington-Reaves – Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership | Matt Bruce – Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance | Mark Baker – Plymouth Tube | Steve Kase – ASK Power

Additional Partners

City of Chicago | Chicago Federation of Labor | Chicago Urban League | Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce | Grant Thornton LLP | JMC Steel Group | Manor Tool & Manufacturing | PNC | Skolnik Industries | Technology Manufacturing Aligned | WaterSaver Faucet

Strategic Alignment

Become a leading hub of

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