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The Quad Cities Chamber has contracted with a manufacturing executive to develop strategies to assist manufacturing companies in growing their operations over the next decade. Chamber CEO Tara Barney announced that Scott Hutter will serve as Executive Director of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, providing consulting services, strategic leadership and outreach with area manufacturers. Hutter, a Davenport resident, has thirty-five years of experience in business and industry, most recently as the President, CEO and Board Member of Martin Engineering in Neponset, Ill., a global manufacturer of engineered products in the bulk material handling industry.

“Scott has deep roots in the manufacturing sector and will be advising our staff and board about retooling our economic development programming to offer more high-impact assistance to area manufacturers,” said Barney. “Scott has a strong track record of driving improvements in productivity, processes, and customer service, and he will be invaluable in recommending strategies that help local manufacturers prepare for and adapt to changes in the industry.”

The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber, is a network of resources and people focused on building the Quad Cities’ capacity and reputation as a leader in manufacturing. The Hub guides and supports manufacturers as they work to evaluate and adopt new technologies, while also driving a region-wide strategy to make the Quad Cities a leader in the technology revolution.

As part of his contract with the Chamber, Hutter will build on the strong technology partnerships already underway and will lead the region-wide effort to make the Quad Cities a leader in the technology revolution.

“I’m excited to build upon the Quad Cities’ capacity and reputation as a leader in manufacturing. The Hub has an important place in the community and I’m happy to have a role in helping our region’s manufacturers leverage technology and prepare for the future,” says Hutter.

Last year the University of Illinois was awarded a $5.5 million Department of Defense Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) grant, and the Chamber was a sub-awardee of the grant. Through this grant, the Chamber is developing a regional technology roadmap and a defense industry diversification study to strengthen the local defense and manufacturing sectors. These one-time projects and the addition of Hutter’s contract with the Chamber are made possible because of the DIA program grant that seeks to assist communities that have been impacted by changes in federal defense spending.

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