Local Labor Dispute

Champaign, IL – September 29, 2015

Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company, an IMT Company, confirmed today it has reached an impasse in labor negotiations with three (3) union locals. A four (4) year Collective Bargaining Agreement expired at 7:00a.m. today after all parties had agreed to a one-day extension.

“We will take all reasonable measures to ensure continued business operations,” states Clifford-Jacobs’ Human Resources Manager Jeff Baker. A representative from the unions informed Clifford-Jacobs the unions had authorized a strike Monday evening.

“We respect collective bargaining and believe a mutually agreed to contract should be part of that process. Clifford-Jacobs is dedicated to continue providing quality service to our customers while also working diligently to obtain an
agreement”, Baker adds.

Clifford-Jacobs is a dependable mainstay to the industrial area which lies north of the City of Champaign and has been in business for over 90 years. “Keeping good paying jobs right here in Champaign County is very important during these times of economic uncertainty,” Baker adds. “We desire to remain in a position to meet our customers’ needs,” states Baker.

“We continue to be available to talk with the unions about contract proposals. Clifford-Jacobs hopes we can have a signed contract that is beneficial to our customers and employees as well as the company,” states Baker.

Unions covered in the Clifford-Jacobs labor contract that expired initially on September 28 include International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #601, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local #1626 and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local #431.

Clifford-Jacobs is a world-class leader in the closed die forging of parts for a wide variety of commercial, industrial, military, oil and gas, aerospace and mining applications.


Jeffrey A. Baker, SHRM-SCP, SPHR,
Human Resources Manager for Clifford-Jacobs Forging

Paris Air Show 2015

This year, IMT Forge Group will be represented at the US Pavilion at booth #7123 at the Paris Air Show from June 15 – 21, 2015. We look forward to this international show, and are excited for the opportunities it presents.



Global Petroleum Show 2015

This year IMT Forge Group and Ingersoll Axles will be at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary, Alberta from June 9-11, 2015. Stop by booth #1882 to talk with our experts!



Holiday Shut Down Schedule

Clifford-Jacobs Forging will be closed between the dates of December 24th – January 5th 2015. Happy Holidays, We will see you in the New Year!

Holidays & Maintenance Shut Down Periods

Holidays & Maintenance Shut Down Periods: CJ will be shut down during the following time frames.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Closed Friday, 7/4/14, reopening for business at 7 AM CST on Monday, 7/7/14.

SUMMER MAINTENANCE SHUT DOWN: Closed Monday, 7/21/14, reopening for business at 7 AM CST on Monday, 8/4/14.

LABOR DAY: Closed Monday, 9/1/14, reopening for business at 7 AM CST on Tuesday, 9/2/14.

Staffing Updates at CJ

In an effort to better service our customers, we have made the following changes to our team.

New Customer Service Representative, Nicole Long
Clifford-Jacobs has brought Nicole Long on as a new Customer Service Representative.  Nicole studied at Parkland College and has 7 years of sales and management experience.  She brings great skills that will contribute to better assist our customers for years to come.

Promotion to Production Supervisor, Ryan Bales
Ryan graduated with honors from both Parkland College with an A.S. in Engineering Science (2009) and the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2011). He started in the field of manufacturing as a technician and intern in the medical research industry and then joined a research group designing cost modeling analysis of 3D models. Joining CJ at the beginning of 2012 as a Forging Engineer, Ryan has now been promoted to Production Supervisor.   Ryan’s key responsibilities revolve around scheduling, raw material procurement and other related duties to meet the needs of our customers.

New Inside Sales Representative, Jeanne Peceniak
Jeanne graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2010. She studied marketing along with film studies. She has 3 years of sales experience and most recently worked at SMS-Assist in Chicago as an operational manager. Her key focus at CJ is supporting the sales and quoting processes.

Holidays & Maintenance Shut Down Periods

Just a reminder that CJ will be shut down during the following time frames.

*Closed Thursday, 11/28/13, and Friday, 11/29/13
*Reopening for business at 7 AM CST on Monday, 12/2/13

*Closed Tuesday, 12/24/13, through Wednesday, 1/1/14
*Reopening for business at 7 AM CST on Thursday, 1/2/14

New Continuous Improvement Position at CJ!

CJ is pleased to announce the creation of a Continuous Improvement position.  Troy Dalton, Forge Shop Manager, has accepted the additional responsibilities. This combined role reports directly to the General Manager with a focus to develop and implement continuous improvement projects and programs.  Primary goals of continuous improvement are to enhance processes and products while leading Forge Shop personnel to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.

Gear Expo 2013

Visit CJ at the 2013 Gear Expo in Indianapolis September 17th – 19th at booth 916.  For more info about the show, visit the following link.