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Housed in the College of Business at the University of Illinois, IBC provides students with real-world project opportunities while helping clients solve challenges and identify opportunities. IBC conducts more than 70 projects every year with Fortune 100, mid-sized and startup companies and nonprofit organizations.



<p>Founded in 1907 and headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Flexco is a privately held, manufacturing company striving to make belt conveyers more productive through superior products and sound advice.</p>

The Problem

<p>Flexco came to IBC for aid in determining which country in South America would be best to initiate Belt Conveyer Products (BCP) manufacturing/warehousing operations. Due to each country in South America providing a unique advantage and the cost of capital investment that Flexco was preparing to spend, the project would be vital to their expansion effort. </p>

The Solution

<p>The IBC team researched and analyzed the political, economic, social, technological, and environmental factors in several South American countries. Based on this research, IBC determined that Chile, Brazil and Peru were the frontrunners for the manufacturing location. Chile being ranked number one for the West Coast, while Brazil ranked number one for the East Coast. IBC’s final recommendation was for Flexco to consider Brazil’s Triangle Region and Northern Chile as investment locations for manufacturing operations.</p>

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