Thank you for your interest in the Calumet Area Industrial Commission.

Since 1967, the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC) has worked with the industrial companies in the Greater Calumet Area, including the City of Chicago, South Suburban Cook County and Northwest Indiana. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit economic development organization, our mission is to lead the industrial expansion and retention efforts in this region. To fulfill our mission, our programs and service are focused on the following areas:

  • Industrial Advocacy, including linking companies to Economic Development Resources
  • Networking & Business Forum Events
  • Workforce Training & Education

The CAIC advocates many of the concerns affecting industry and manufacturing in our area. We have a membership of over 130 companies and service providers, representing over 8,000 employees, in manufacturing, transportation & logistics, human resources, health care, finance and higher education. As your representative, we do our part in promoting the overall Calumet Corridor and its great development opportunities.


CALUMET AREA INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION ANNOUNCES REGIONAL WAGE SURVEY


April 15, 2015 – The Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC), serving manufacturers in the Calumet region, has announced the rollout of a regional wage survey.  “Businesses thrive when staffed by highly trained, motivated employees.  This is particularly true in manufacturing as we address the challenges of the 21st century,” said Ted Stalnos, President of CAIC.  “Offering a competitive wage is crucial when you want to attract and retain the right employees and this survey will help our member companies develop a compensation plan based on the prevailing wages found in the region,” Ted emphasized.

This new initiative, launched by the CAIC’s Human Resources Committee, will help manufacturing companies devise an effective compensation strategy, a competitive advantage in today’s labor market.  The Committee has identified 25 manufacturing occupations and skill sets that will be included in the survey.  The survey will be sent out May 16 with a participation deadline of June 21.  Results will be emailed to CAIC member companies by July 18.  “This is only the most recent initiative launched by our Human Resources Committee,” Ted Stalnos said. “Member companies meet monthly to discuss the challenges, opportunities and strategies to deliver on the organization’s mission, a strong regional economy that is anchored by industry,” he added.

The HR Committee works on issues related to employee retention, attendance, best practices for cross-training, effective Health & Safety training and any other topic of interest to member companies.  Also apprenticeships are now being developed by a working group of the HR Committee, partnering with area community colleges to provide related classroom instruction.

Since 1967, the Calumet Area Industrial Commission has worked with industrial companies in the Greater Calumet Area, including the City of Chicago, South Suburban Cook County and Northwest Indiana.  As a 501(c)3, not-for-profit economic development organization, its mission is to lead the industrial expansion and retention efforts in this region.

For more information on the wage survey, contact Tom DuBois at 773.928.6000 x231 or David Holmberg at 773.928.6000 x222 or email Mr. Dubois at tom@calumetareaindustrial.com  or Mr. Holmberg at dholmberg@calumetareaindustrial.com.


On The Job Training Program

The Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC) administers funding for On the Job Training of new employees with private sector employers throughout the Chicagoland area.  The OJT Program has been established to help unemployed and displaced workers train for new careers and assist employers with the cost of training new workers in the skills required to be productive employees within their respective enterprises.CAIC works directly with your HR department to ensure that only candidates that meet your specific needs are referred to your business for potential training. Because CAIC knows industry, they find employees with the work skills and work histories that fit with the job specifications. You make the final decision on whether a candidate meets your standards. You may be reimbursed for 50% of the trainees wages for up to two months of on the job training. This amount is reimbursed to you directly by CAIC.

For more information call 773.928.6000 ext 226.