New online resource helps manufacturers with adoption of new technologies

Those in the manufacturing and defense supply chain now have another tool to help them along their journey of adopting emerging technologies impacting their industries with the launch of a series of online technology playbooks. The playbooks were developed by the Quad Cities Chamber's Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub in partnership with the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) Program.

Each technology playbook – a how-to guide – provides an overview of the current regional landscape, shares best practices, identifies opportunities for use, builds the business case for, and outlines steps toward implementation.  Each playbook also contains links to expert resources and partners for training, education, integration, or other support. 

Playbook topics cover Additive Manufacturing, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, CAD/CAM, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Digital B2B Platforms, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Robotics and Automation. 

“The Hub is dedicated to helping area manufacturers and others in the defense supply chain connect and collaborate as part of an ecosystem focused on growth, business diversification, and remaining competitive as market forces change,” said Kristin Glass, Quad Cities Chamber Interim President & CEO.  “One such way we can do this is by providing a teaching tool – developed with the help of industry leaders with their fingers on the pulse of emerging technologies – to assist area companies in learning about the changes that are and will transform the face of the manufacturing and defense industries. Manufacturing and defense play a vital role in our regional economy, and both are facing changes.  By working together, we can make our region stronger.”

The Quad Cities region is a leader in both manufacturing and defense; it is among the nation’s top ten Advanced Metals and Materials markets as well as home to the Rock Island Arsenal, the largest government-owned manufacturer in the United States. The area is also the home of U.S. Army logistics; everything a soldier touches moves through the Rock Island Arsenal. 

To access the technology playbooks, go to To learn more about resources available through the Hub, visit or email

About the Illinois DIA Program

The Illinois DIA Program supports the state’s defense and manufacturing industries by delivering resources and providing new insights that help companies and communities grow, diversify, and become more resilient. The Illinois DIA Program works with communities across Illinois that are who have clear links to the defense industry based on the presence of key military assets, a high concentration of manufacturers, or both. These communities include the Quad Cities, Rockford, Northeastern Illinois, Peoria and Southwestern Illinois. 

With funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), the program is executed through a partnership between the University of Illinois System, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and the Voorhees Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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