The Stateline Manufacturing Alliance (SMA) is an eclectic group of manufacturing employers that are focused on creating greater exposure, engagement and interest in manufacturing jobs and careers for youth and adults alike. SMA members actively share information and data, as well as strategically collaborate with each other on activities, initiatives and programming. Additional SMA information is provided below.

Mission Statement: The Stateline Manufacturing Alliance (SMA) will serve as a regional catalyst for talent recruitment and development in the fields of advanced manufacturing through collective efforts, initiatives and partnerships.


Purpose Statement: The SMA is a collaborative, supportive and engaged stakeholder group - comprised of regional manufacturers, educators and community partners - that is committed to collectively addressing, as well as supporting, youth and adult talent pipeline development needs of manufacturers.

SMA Committees: To date, there are more than 40 manufacturers, from SC WI and Northern IL, active in the SMA; and several manufacturers have multiple employees engaged in one or more of the following SMA Committees.

  • Marketing & Communications 
  • Curricula & Programming
  • Events & Activities
  • Governance & Steering

In-kind and financial support for the SMA is primarily provided by participating members. Meanwhile, organizational and research assistance to the SMA is provided by Blackhawk Technical College and the area's network of economic / workforce service providers