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Calumet Area Industrial Commission luncheon to discuss 'Manufacturing 4.0 and Beyond'

Calumet Area Industrial Commission luncheon to discuss 'Manufacturing 4.0 and Beyond'

Calumet Area Industrial Commission luncheon to discuss 'Manufacturing 4.0 and Beyond'

David Holmberg, Environmental, Health and Safety specialist with the Calumet Area Industrial Commission, gives a presentation on heat stress at ArcelorMittal in Riverdale in this file photo. The CAIC will host its annual luncheon on Dec. 6th at the Beverly Country Club.

Haven Allen, CEO and co-founder of the mHUB manufacturing product innovation center in Chicago, will talk about what's next for manufacturing at the Calumet Area Industrial Commission's 52nd annual luncheon on Dec. 6.

Allen will discuss "Manufacturing 4.0 and Beyond" at the luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Beverly Country Club, 8700 S. Western Ave. in Chicago's far South Side Beverly neighborhood. He will go over how technology and skilled labor has been changing the manufacturing sector.

"Allen is an entrepreneur and technology strategist who most recently concentrated on growing the manufacturing industry and strengthening its community throughout Chicagoland," the Calumet Area Industrial Commission announced in a news release. "As an economic development strategist at World Business Chicago, he directed the Advisory Council for Chicagoland Manufacturing, through which he established and led the implementation of an economic development agenda to support growth and job creation in the manufacturing sector."

Allen has worked as a mayoral fellow for the city of Chicago, doing research on a variety of infrastructure, electricity markets and municipal marketing policy initiatives. He's also worked for the Peace Corps on economic development in Panama.

His mHUB product innovation center, billed as the nation's largest to focus on physical product development, "exists to ensure that the Midwestern manufacturing industry continues to accelerate, grow and thrive."

Sponsors include Ford, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Ozinga, Wintrust Bank and First Midwest Bank. The Calumet Area Industrial Commission serves heavy industry in the bi-state Calumet Region and pursues a mission of leading "the industrial expansion and retention efforts in metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana."

Tickets are $80 for members and $95 for non-members.

For more information, call 773-928-6000 or visit


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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