Governor Names CIO; Announces Appointments

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Sylvia Wetzel to the Illinois Workforce Development Board.

She brings 35 years of experience in marketing and business development to the position. Wetzel is currently the Vice President of Human Capital and Corporate Wellness at Bison Gear and Engineering. She works to develop the company’s workforce through education and policy at her company and by advocating for manufacturing careers with the general public. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of Eastgate Manor Assisted/Supportive Living, and transformed the organization in 90 days by turning losses into profits. She has also worked for AT&T Network Systems.

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Danette Swank Honored in 3rd STEP Awards for Excellence in Manufacturing

Washington, DC (March 26, 2015):  The Manufacturing Institute awarded Danette Swank, president, Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc. with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

“Being an honoree at the 3rd annual STEP Ahead Awards was such a wonderful experience” said Danette Swank. “To be in the midst of 129 other female manufacturing professionals was very inspiring.  It opened my eyes to the ways I can help others in my community and the industries I’m involved in to be aware of the many solid career paths manufacturing can take someone.  I am truly grateful for this opportunity and honor.”

Pat Hagenbuch, corporate secretary, shares this sentiment: “Always remember the roots you have been brought up and live by for they are the essence of who you are today and the success you have become.”

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Rauner touts business flexibility in B-N visit

The IMA and member company bopi hosted Governor Rauner to discuss his turnaround agenda.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner touted flexibility for businesses during a visit to bopi on Tuesday.

“Our lawsuit abuse and insurance costs are too high. That hurts companies like bopi. Our tax burden is too high. That hurts companies like bopi,” he said. “We’ve got to change those things, and we’re committed to changing those things until bopi is growing and companies like bopi are growing.”

The Bloomington printing company, though, recently added a new German press capable of printing 18,000 sheets per hour that represented a multi-million dollar investment.

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The Costliest Regulation in History Threatens Manufacturing Comeback

A February 2015 study by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by the NAM, Economic Impacts of a 65 ppb National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone reveals that a new ozone regulation from the Obama Administration could cost the economy $140 billion per year and place over one million jobs at risk. This would be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American public.

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Gov Rauner Announces 'The Turnaround Budget'

Governor Bruce Rauner addressed a joint session of the 99th General Assembly to provide his inaugural Illinois budget blueprint.  Dishing out a dose of strong medicine, Governor Rauner offered an annual budget that reduces spending by $6.2 billion representing a nearly 18 percent reduction from last year’s budget.  In his address, Governor Rauner asked lawmakers to work with him to address the fiscal crisis by reducing spending in areas of pensions, healthcare costs for state workers, Medicaid, distributions to local governments, and ten percent cuts in nearly every state agency. The spending plan does prioritize education funding and contributes nearly $300 million for K-12 schools with additional funding for early childhood education.  

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