iBi - March 2015

by Stevie Zvereva
Photography by David Vernon

Peoria’s maker movement has industry experts and amateur tinkerers alike exploring the new age of manufacturing.

Making the Region

Jan Wright, Publisher, iBi

"Caterpillar will stay in Peoria. I repeat: Caterpillar will stay in Peoria." And with those words, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman revealed the long-anticipated plans for the company’s headquarters complex.

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Made in the Region

A Snapshot

From modular homes and heavy equipment simulators to metal tools and food items, a wide range of products are being manufactured in the heart of the Midwest.

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Q&A with Paul Blackhurst

Vice President, Kitchen Cooked, Inc

Kitchen Cooked has been making quality snacks since the Great Depression, when founder Flossie Howard made potato chips by hand in small, cast-iron kettles in her basement. 

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Global Companies Come Together

On November 13, 2014, Amec Foster Wheeler plc announced the creation of a new force in global engineering, project delivery, asset support, power equipment and consultancy following the completion of the combination of AMEC plc and Foster Wheeler AG.

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Tackling the Nonprofit Business Model

by Stevie Zvereva

All of Peoria Production Shop’s revenue comes from the sale of services and goods to its customers. For a nonprofit in the social service realm, that’s a unique business model.

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Also in this Issue...

Social Media Blues... Manufacturing Pays... Printing Ink... Fight Back When Hacked... When a Client Says You're Too Expensive... Set the Stage for a Memorable Presentation

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