Our Sponsors

With fifteen years of successful operations, the Leadership Development Program has consistently demonstrated results for both students and sponsoring corporations.

Jeff Dahlquist – Director of Human Resources at Magna, Nascote Industries


Advanced Technology Services has improved productivity and profitability for the world’s most sophisticated companies through a portfolio of factory maintenance services and innovative IT solutions. ATS focus on the specific needs of each customer and provides a solution that delivers maximum results in the front office and on the factory floor.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.

Conseco brings years of experience and innovation to construction or renovation projects. They provide general contracting, project management and consulting services to business developers and owners. Their goal is to maximize their customers’ capital investment through superior design and complete projects on time and in budget.

hella-logoHELLA Electronics Corporation designs, engineers and manufactures electronic components and systems. The organization established business in 1978, responding to the regions increasing significance in the automotive industry, and growing requirements for actively supporting market based activities and customer service.

Magna is a leading global automotive supplier with 327 manufacturing operations and 100 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. They have over 161,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.

Nucor Corporation is an American producer of steel and related products. It currently ranks as the largest steel producer in the United States of America and is the largest “mini-mill” steelmaker.

Spartan Light Metal are a Family Owned Aluminum and Magnesium Die Cast Manufacturing company with expertise in Machining & Assembly as well as Design & Analysis. The scope of their experience includes design, engineering assistance, and strict quality and process control for complex products.


The fundamental mission of Shawnee Health Service is to improve the health and welfare of southern Illinois and southwest Indiana residents through the promotion, development and administration of quality, comprehensive health and social services, while efficiently utilizing limited resources.

The people of Southern Illinois Healthcare, a not-for-profit health care system, are dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of all of the people in the communities we serve. Their mission is guided by their values: compassion, collaboration, quality, stewardship, integrity, accountability and respect.

NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. NSF is tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in a wide range of scientific areas. In addition, the agency also supports “high risk, high pay off” ideas, and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but which the public will take for granted tomorrow.


“The students are introduced to industry leaders, exposed to industry events, and have to demonstrate leadership and resourcefulness while being engaged in teamwork”  Dick Blaudow, Founder and Chairman at Advanced Technology Services

“The technical leadership program in manufacturing is integral to ATS’ future growth and development of our leaders. The program has met and exceeded our expectations and initial goals. We are fortunate to have such a unique program to feed our future pipeline and are able to hire based on results versus just their interview.”  Jeff Owens, President at Advanced Technology Services

“From SIUC’s point of view, the Leadership Development Program is intended to attract leadership students into our college. From a corporation’s point of view, it is a program that builds leadership for the next generation of manufacturing companies in the United States. It’s a win for us because we attract more students. It’s a win for business because they are going to attract quality people into their internship program, which they will then have the opportunity to recruit.”  William Osborne, Retired Dean of Engineering, SIUC


As an LDP sponsor, you’ll be able to:

    • help decide which applicants are accepted into the program;
    • coordinate paid summer internships at your organization;
    • assist in planning and hosting events to foster relationships with the students;
    • introduce students to executive-level meetings and other leadership aspects of your operation; and
    • provide a senior-level champion at your company to mentor students.