Manufacturing Improvement Veteran Tapped to Lead IMEC

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The Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC) has hired David Boulay as its new President. The release introduces Boulay and provides background on his experience and accomplishments.

David Boulay

David brings an extensive operations background that will enable IMEC to bring even more value to Illinois manufacturers. He will be a tremendous asset to the IMEC team.

David Boulay has been named President of the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC). Currently the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Boulay succeeds Bob Weinstein, who will remain with IMEC as President-Emeritus until retiring in August of 2011.

Prior to joining the North Carolina MEP, Boulay held leadership positions with several Ohio manufacturing companies, and served for six years as Manager of Business and Workforce Development at The Ohio State University South Centers. In North Carolina, he managed an 80-member staff of business outreach and project specialists who provided continuous improvement consulting and training services to the state’s manufacturers. Under Boulay’s leadership, the North Carolina MEP in 2009 generated $346 million in verified sales, cost savings and productivity benefits for its manufacturing clients, helping create or retain nearly 1,300 high wage jobs.

“We believe that David's track record of success in North Carolina and Ohio will become a valuable asset as IMEC takes on the challenge of serving all manufacturers in the State of Illinois,” said Lachlan Perks, President of Eclipse Corporation and Chairman of the IMEC Board of Directors. “IMEC has a solid foundation in place and David has a great opportunity to help IMEC fulfill its mission of improving the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois manufacturers.”

Boulay brings a diverse blend of expertise in performance management, small business development, and organizational growth strategies to IMEC. He created and implemented several initiatives to increase the flow of state and federal funding to manufacturers for projects to improve energy efficiency, update worker skills, and help smaller manufacturers adopt new technology and business practices.

Boulay holds a Ph.D in Workforce Development and Education, an M.B.A., and a B.S. in Operations Management. He will be based at IMEC’s Headquarters offices at Bradley University. His first day at IMEC is January 18.

About IMEC
Since 1996, IMEC (the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center) has helped nearly 2,000 Illinois manufacturers to become more productive and globally competitive. Major IMEC solutions include operating cost reduction, quality improvement, continuous improvement, technology & innovation, and market diversification/growth strategies. IMEC is a non-profit organization with 40 full-time specialists and 13 field office locations.

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