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Metals HUB was established to foster the growth and advancement of manufacturers in the metals, machinery, and equipment (MM&E) industry with a focus on the south suburbs of Cook County, IL.


Metals HUB exists to benefit, support, and promote the Metals, Machinery, and Equipment (MM&E) community of southland Chicago with assistance in penetrating new markets, finding new projects and business opportunities, networking with other
manufacturers, and providing information sharing and technical resources to support their business. These efforts will strengthen participating companies and provide meaningful employment opportunities for our communities.

Why Metals HUB

Metals HUB is uniquely positioned with twice the metals, machinery, and equipment (MM&E) density than elsewhere in the region.

  • Not for profit leading job growth and manufacturing solutions
  • History of manufacturing excellence
  • HUB’s commitment to making a difference

Centrally Located

Metals HUB members offer outstanding connectivity 

  • Ten interstate highways
  • 6 of 7 Class I railroads
  • #1 North American airport for cargo by value and one of the top twenty business cargo hubs in the World (O’Hare International Airport)
  • North America’s largest inland port (CenterPoint Intermodal Center in Joliet, IL)

Metals HUB Members

Each Metals HUB member is part of our manufacturing team of highly qualified manufacturing experts that engage in management team meetings and complete a site assessment of  their manufacturing facilities.


Our Strengths

  • Centrally located in the United States
  • On average, 48 years of experience in metals manufacturing
  • Diverse offering of manufacturing capabilities and market experience
  • Established high quality and service


Scope of Manufacturing Services
With over one hundred manufacturers with diverse capabilities including metal machining, metal fabrication, metal finishing, casting, forging, tool & die, and assembly within an 8-mile radius.


Quality Standards
Each Metals HUB member offers their own elevated level of quality and service. Quality standards may include guidelines for quality planning, control, monitoring phases of production and continuous improvement initiatives.

Metals HUB initiatives

Business Development

With entrance into new markets and industries, our members’ operations will grow, strengthen, and provide a diversification of business for our members. These activities will include the development of partnerships with OEMs in new and upcoming products/markets (Clean Energy market, Agriculture, Automotive, food processing equipment, industrial automation industries, etc.).


Metals HUB American Made Supply Chain Solutions
With the current demand for OEMs to source their metal components locally, Metals HUB is making that task easier and faster. Metals HUB will facilitate these projects by assisting the OEM and Metals HUB members to provide innovative and timely solutions for all metal components and assemblies.


Work Force Development
Metals HUB Engineering Technology Internship/Mentoring Program
Metals HUB high school manufacturing internship/mentoring program will create a workforce pipeline that benefits employers, students, and our communities. An internship can provide our manufacturers the opportunity to discover talent, to bring in different skill sets, and provide training for candidates for future positions. This program will also allow our students the opportunity to gain experience with manufacturing processes and safety concepts, industrial work environments, and real work experiences. All these experiences will help them make more informed decisions about their possible career paths.


Support Programs For Our Manufacturing Members
Technical Advancement – Metals HUB Technical Team consists of Engineering professors from various Engineering schools and industry leaders to provide insight into technical advances and enhancements in manufacturing and engineering materials for our members.


We are working with our members to strengthen their marketing plan and offerings: website design and development, SEO, videos, one pager, etc.


Company Growth and Succession plan
Mergers and acquisitions – company growth; Creating the right succession plan for your manufacturing business.

Stronger Together.

The Southern Suburbs of Chicago are rich with strong metals, machinery and equipment (MM&E) companies, large and small.

The Southland Development Authority, along with influential backers, is working to knit individual entities into a powerful metals collaborative—with the depth and scale to lead or support supply needs for any manufacturer, anywhere.

About the Hub.

We started our Hub feasibility study with two goals—to solve shared problems and create new revenue opportunities for metal, machinery and equipment companies in the Chicago Southland. The qualification process is identifying shared needs and gauging manufacturers’ interest in working together to succeed individually. If you are an executive with an MM&E company, we’re here to listen and work with you.

Our target areas include the following communities in Cook County, IL:

Alsip │ Blue Island │ Calumet City │ Calumet Park │ Chicago Heights │ Crestwood │ Dolton │ East Hazel Crest

Ford Heights │ Glenwood │ Harvey │ Hazel Crest │ Homewood │ Lansing │ Lynwood │ Markham │ Olympia Fields

Posen │ Riverdale │ South Chicago Heights │ Sauk Village │ South Holland │ Steger │ Thornton

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