Dan Swinney

Executive Director, Manufacturing Renaissance

Dan founded the Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) in 1982 in response to the thousands of manufacturing plant closings in the Chicago area. Manufacturing Renaissance is a not-for-profit consulting and research organisation that specialises in developing innovative and effective approaches to community development, advanced manufacturing, and education.

Dan also directs the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council (CMRC); a regional partnership that brings together the top leadership of the Chicago Federation of Labor, Chicago’s city government, educators, the business community, and community-based organisations.

On behalf of the CMRC, Dan founded a public high school in Chicago, Austin Polytechnical Academy, in 2007 (www.austinpolytech.org). This school is preparing the next generation of leaders in advanced manufacturing and focuses on careers in high tech production, management, and ownership, as well as careers related to manufacturing outside the company. Manufacturing Renaissance operates the Manufacturing Connect Program at Austin Polytech.

Dan went to the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1967. Prior to founding Manufacturing Renaissance, Dan worked for 13 years as a machinist in the Chicago area and organized Steelworker Local 8787 at G+W Taylor Forge in Cicero, Illinois and served as Vice President. He writes and speaks regularly for manufacturing trade associations, universities and colleges, community development networks, unions, and others interested in promoting advanced manufacturing and its intersection with public interests domestically and internationally.