CategoriesPartnership, PTAC


Manufacturing Matchmaking is an excellent, local opportunity for manufacturing representatives to meet with potential new customers and/or suppliers, while sharing information, samples and more that could help secure a new business partner. Think of it as speed dating for the manufacturing supply chain!

About this event


March 26th, 2000
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

NIU Conference Center – Naperville
1120 E. Diehl Rd
Naperville, IL 60563

Participating Large Manufacturers

AAR Corp (NYSE: AIR) is an independent provider of aviation services to commercial and government customers worldwide.  AAR is seeking versatile and capable small businesses who can supply parts or provide repair services in support of a broad range of fleet types (e.g. C40A, C-130, F-16, UH60, CH47, Twin Otter, C208, KC-135, and E-3). In particular, AAR is in need of high performing machine shops that can produce landing gear spare parts and components as well as quality repair shops capable of servicing components for the UH60 Blackhawk or F117 Engine.

Oshkosh Defense stands behind those who dedicate their lives to protecting others. For more than 100 years, Oshkosh has designed, tested and manufactured a robust portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles and technologies to support the U.S. Armed Forces and its allies. As a tactical vehicle manufacturer, every day we strive to meet or exceed our customers’ ever-changing needs with next-generation defense technologies and advanced systems. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a dedicated team of experts, a global logistics and supplier network that spans six continents, and a complete range of life cycle sustainment services to optimize fleet readiness and performance. We operate with unparalleled commitment to those who depend on our products and services worldwide to perform their missions. Oshkosh Defense Needs: Oshkosh Defense is committed to working with a diverse supply base that is representative of our customers and the communities we serve. Oshkosh Defense is currently in need of the following products/services from suppliers that are ISO certified by an accredited agency: Large complex fabrication assemblies, extrusions, frame rails, large tube fabrication (1.5 in and larger), air tanks, fuel tanks, hydraulic tanks, fabrication prototyping, door hardware, castings, wire harnesses, box build assemblies, communication cables/RF cables, fiberglass, rotational molding, silicone hoses, springs, bearings, electron beam welding, and in-house painting.

LB Steel is one of North America’s largest Steel Fabrication / Plate Service Centers covering four city blocks with over 450,000 square feet of buildings. LB Steel is certified to the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard. Our value-added fabrication services include laser/oxy-fuel burning, machining, welding, leveling, assembly, sandblasting, and painting.  LB Steel’s customer base is diverse, including companies such as Amtrak, Alstom, Caterpillar, EMD, Progress Rail, Manitowoc, Grove, Thyssen Krupp, Bucyrus, Joy Global, Komatsu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the Nevada Test Site.  LB Steel is currently producing components for the new Amtrak Acela High Speed Train with a scheduled route from Boston to Washington D.C. through New York City. The paint facilities at LB Steel have been given the highest rating by Caterpillar.  LB Steel offers a quality product at competitive rates, quick turn-around times and deliveries with emphasis on customer satisfaction. LB Steel Matchmaking Needs: LB Steel is in need of high performing machine shops to meet the demands of their varied customer base.

More Information:

Emily Lee
Phone: 309-677-4633

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