Governor Pat Quinn joined officials from the University of Illinois and UI LABS to launch the Illinois Manufacturing Lab (IML) – a key initiative to increase the competitiveness, productivity and profitability of Illinois’ manufacturers. Proposed by the Governor in his 2013 State of the State address, the IML is launching its initial efforts with pilot projects at ten Illinois companies to identify and solve advanced manufacturing challenges.The IML brings an innovative, public-private approach to implementing advanced manufacturing technology applications for Illinois small and medium-sized manufacturers. It brings together top-flight research capabilities, technical resources and commercialization expertise, and will serve as a hub for companies to learn the world’s most sophisticated tools and software. The IML is supported by the State of Illinois and the University of Illinois. Leveraging the UI LABS platform, the IML works closely with a statewide network of partners, including the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois. Content supplied by Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.