IMA Vice Chair Andrew M. Faville accompanies Governor Quinn on Trade Mission to Brazil
Trip to Focus on manufacturing, agriculture, biotechnology, education and tourism
Governor Pat Quinn is on a trade mission to Brazil in an effort to increase economic opportunities between Illinois and Brazil. The governor arrived in Brazil on Sept. 23rd for a six-day mission designed to strengthen Illinois exports, foster education and boost tourism.
Mission participants accompanying the Governor include IMA Vice Chair Andrew M. Faville, President and CEO of Falex Corporation in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Many representatives from IMA member companies are also participating in the mission including Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Baxter International, Boeing Co., Caterpillar, Ingredion, Inc., Motorola Solutions, Tate & Lyle, and United Airlines.
“I’m honored to represent the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and thousands of manufacturing companies on this important trade mission,” said Andrew M. Faville. “As a manufacturer, it is critical that we develop new markets for our products around the world. I applaud Governor Quinn for making this a priority and setting an ambitious goal of doubling Illinois exports by 2014.”
In 2011, Illinois exports to Brazil totaled $2.55 billion, up 24 percent from the previous year, making Brazil the state’s fifth-largest export market. Illinois is the fourth-largest exporter to Brazil in the United States. Overall, Illinois exports increased by 30 percent in 2011, nearly double the national average.
“Brazil’s strong economy and expanding middle class make the country an important market for Illinois,” Governor Quinn said. “We are bringing together leaders from business, government and education to create and develop the relationships that will help fuel economic growth in Illinois.”
Governor Quinn is the first Illinois governor to lead a trade mission to Brazil. With Illinois already leading the Midwest in exports, the trade mission will build on the state’s prior successes as part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to aggressively pursue international trade and create jobs in Illinois.
The delegation of officials also includes representatives from educational institutions, and state and local governments. The trip includes stops in São Paulo, Brasilia and Recife. During the mission, Governor Quinn will preside over the signing of several memorandums of understanding as part of the Doing Business with Illinois program, which is designed to establish ties in manufacturing, agriculture, biotechnology and education. The trip will also pave the way for Illinois companies to take advantage of business opportunities as Brazil invests $150 billion of public money to build out its transportation and physical infrastructure.
At each of the three stops in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, and Recife, Governor Quinn will hold meetings with key private sector leaders, top government officials and potential trading partners in order to open up more markets to Illinois companies.
Established in 1893, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) is the oldest and largest state manufacturing trade association in the United States with a mission of advocating, promoting and strengthening the manufacturing environment in Illinois.
More information about Illinois trade and business opportunities can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website atwww.illinoisbiz.biz.