Grant funding that can assist in defraying training costs may be available to eligible companies. Illinois BIS will write and administer the grant on behalf of your company, saving you valuable time and resources.
What Our Customers Say
Since 1991, Illinois BIS has provided training to our company. From top management to supervisors to line leaders, we have all benefited from participating in workshops such as leadership, project management, OSHA compliance, Six Sigma, Time Management, Computer Skills, Lean Manufacturing, etc. Their instructors are the best. The costs are very competitive. The results always meet expectations. Illinois BIS has made a major difference at Gold Eagle.
BIS helped to instill the culture of Continuous Improvement in our employees and enabled us to build in quality and efficiencies that attracted large companies to do more business with us. The Maintenance training enabled our operators to do a great deal of Preventative Maintenance, thereby reducing our equipment downtime greatly. In 2009 we embarked on our Lean Manufacturing journey through the introduction of 5S techniques taught by BIS. The grant funding available greatly contributed to our ability to conduct training programs each and every year. Virtually every employee has benefited some way from the training we received from BIS. The instructors are excellent and the BIS administrators have been very professional to work with. Over these many years, we have continued to rely on them to help us with a variety of projects and we would not have been able to do as many without the grant funding, which is very important to Peacock.
Matthew's leadership was critical to us in assessing current market share, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and he facilitated our team in developing the global strategy for this critical and growing product segment. His knowledge, expertise and practical experience brought considerable value to this initiative. . . This initiative focused on strategies and tactics that will continue to make us competitive in a global marketplace. The results we expect are to grow a $15 million dollar product line to over $75 million dollars globally in five years. We believe that BIS's and Matthew's involvement has helped our company be competitive against foreign manufacturers of competitive technology and the results we have seen would not have been possible without his involvement.
Acme Finishing has been working with BIS for over 10 years. Our partnership has made us a stronger company that is better able to survive in a competitive industry and a struggling economy. We have consulted with BIS regarding ISO implementation, internal auditing, leadership training, 5S training, and market research. These programs and the skills we have acquired have given us a competitive advantage over other businesses in our industry. The personnel in the BIS program are experts in their fields and their knowledge has made a huge impact on Acme Finishing.
BIS provided the consulting and training that allowed SWD Inc. to successfully achieve dual certification to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. ISO 9001 is the international quality management system standard and ISO 14001 the international environment standard. SWD Inc. was the first metal finisher in the USA to achieve a dual certification.
We used them to help us implement ISO 9000. They brought us step by step through the process. They challenged the way we had done business for over 80 years. There was for the first time clarity in how to run a business on a day to day basis: A way to set up rules and procedures that help a business grow from fighting daily fires to actually planning for all the little things that come up on any day in an organized and well thought out manner. We had a trainer come to our facility every week or two to work on a specific process... In three years time during the process we increased our profitability by three times. In the end we rebuilt our ailing company into a strong tax paying company with a bright future. We could not have made this transformation on our own.
The Illinois BIS Lean Certification series is a good balance of the instructor's practical experience, class presentations, handout materials, and hands-on in the classroom. The series gave me the tools to develop and implement a Lean program that we use specifically for our company. I was able to put much of the information into immediate use. The logical sequence of classes kept the learning in perspective. The series was a good all-around Lean training course.
Acme Finishing has received training in Lean and quality process improvement and has improved our external ppm performance by 3500, saving $390,000 in rework costs. On another product we improved our external ppm performance by 675, saving $180,000 in rework costs. These savings make it possible for Acme Finishing to avert layoffs. We can honestly say that without Illinois BIS, our company would probably be out of business. They have helped us survive during recessions and helped us to be more competitive as well as helped us grow our business in Illinois. We could not afford this training without these grants.
[Our company] started to work with the Illinois BIS Team in early 2013 on a dual-track program of education focused on LEAN. One example of the outstanding outcomes from the LEAN tool training. In our Card Manufacturing department, several employee-led teams have been trained in and used the skills and tools taught by Illinois BIS to analyze key operational opportunities for improvement. Guided by the Illinois BIS Team, [our team] identified and proposed specific changes in our work-flow. In just one area, that team executed a change in work-flow which will save [us] over $50,000 each year. We have similar teams working and training with Illinois BIS throughout [our company] and are realizing significant savings and improvements to our business...