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Bringing Manufacturing Home

It has been awhile since last I posted. As I mentioned before, I am going to start sharing some of the initiatives that I have the pleasure of working on with my clients. Two big efforts have opened up a whole new world of opportunities:

  • Visionary Center for Sustainable Communities - a non-profit that will provide mentoring for small businesses and education and outreach, specifically in manufacturing, for communities across the United States
  • Visionary Fabrication and 3D Design - a new entity that will provide additive manufacturing services, primarily in metal

My most recent travel found me in Chicago, IL for a week for the International Manufacturing Technology Showcase (IMTS), a conference and tradeshow for the advanced manufacturing industry. It also showcased additive manufacturing, more commonly referred to as 3D printing. Here, I had the opportunity to meet with major players in the additive manufacturing world. Check out the conference website for more information (www.imts.com).

My father went to University of Chicago for his PhD in chemistry. He'd often talked about the architecture, as did my mom. So I finally got a chance to see it. My first trip, back in December 2013, was a bit on the cold side, and very quick, so I only got a chance to see a small portion of the Magnificent Mile. The second trip, just a few weeks ago, found me wandering along the riverwalk down to the Navy Pier, where I had a chance to enjoy the Tall Ship Windy. 

This past week showed me the areas of Gold Coast and Old Town, both enjoyable locations for food, wine, and cigars. I do have to say that the McCormick Place, which housed the IMTS conference, was HUGE!!!! If you have a conference in this venue, be sure to have on some good walking shoes, as there is a lot of ground to cover.

But back to food, wine, and cigars (oh, and beer)... I had the pleasure of visiting two tobacconists while in Chicago - Up Down Cigar, which is a icon in Chicago. It has a great "hometown" vibe and inside its doors is a wonderful selection of very fine cigars. Pull up a stool inside to enjoy one, or head out back to their quaint patio area! The second one is Biggs Cigar Emporium, which just opened a few weeks earlier inside the old Biggs Mansion. The shop is in the basement and offers cigar lovers a number of great cigars to choose from. With pub chairs and TVs, one can definitely kick back and relax!

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