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Leaders Radogno and Durkin engage local companies at IMEC Manufacturing Round Table

IMEC and Fusion OEM hosted the state legislators and a group of local manufacturing representatives

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Amy Fitzgerald
December 16, 2015   309-677-2977

Burr Ridge, Illinois - On Tuesday, December 15th, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin visited Fusion OEM located at 6951 High Grove Blvd, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. The legislators participated in a manufacturing round table meeting with several local manufacturing leaders from their districts and around the region.


The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) hosted the event in partnership with Fusion OEM to bring awareness to the opportunities, challenges and priorities of manufacturing leaders. The discussion included operational insights focused on the workforce, transition of ownership, and adoption of technology as well as general discussions on overall business conditions and the implications of various state and federal policies.


Participants included Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Zach Mottl and Curt Snyder of ATLAS Tool Works, Dan Aloia of CCI Manufacturing, Tom Richardson of Conveyor Accessories, Craig Zoberis of Fusion OEM, and Zach Kaplan of Inventables. Facilitating the visit and discussion were David Boulay, President and John Bradarich, Affiliate Relations Manager for IMEC.


“I am optimistic about manufacturing in our state. Yes, we have challenges and are feeling current economic headwinds. Yet, the talent and innovative spirit of the manufacturing leaders came out through today’s discussion and reminds me that we have a manufacturing sector capable of competing well on the global stage.”


”After meeting with our state leaders, I am bullish about the outlook of manufacturing in Illinois. They listen and understand our unique challenges and opportunities, and would represent us very well as we forge ahead and compete globally”.


IMEC Manufacturing Round Table


IMEC Manufacturing Round Table


Fusion OEM

Fusion OEM is an ISO-certified contract manufacturing company serving industrial OEMs since 2002. Acting as a private-labeler of products and equipment, we serve diverse industries including packaging, heathcare, military, oil and gas, printing, and foodservice.


Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

IMEC was established in 1996 with the goal of improving the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and through fees paid by Illinois manufacturers for IMEC’s services.  IMEC has 11 offices statewide and 40 full-time manufacturing improvement specialists. http://www.imec.org/