State of Manufacturing

Economic Forecast, Global Trade, and Skilled Labor Education Trends

Wheeling, IL – The Wheeling Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WPH) will hold the State of Manufacturing Event on Thursday, November 15, 2018, 11:00 at Indian Trails Public Library.

Steve Rauschenberger, President and CEO of the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA), and Patrick Osborne, TMA Vice President of Training and Education, will elaborate on the current trends, global trade, and changing regulations affecting the manufacturing industry.  They will also discuss the development of a skilled workforce.

Rauschenberger is a former Illinois State Senator and a former partner in the furniture business.  In his tenure in the State Senate, Rauschenberger was a chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was instrumental in creating cooperative agreements with foreign governments.

Osborne has successfully increased student and apprentice enrollment in the TMA’s Education Department and helped develop a state-of-the-art training lab at its new Schaumburg headquarters, which includes new computer numerical control (CNC) equipment.

“Manufacturing jobs pay better than many sectors,” states Peter Hestad, Owner of Tool King and Chairperson of the WPH Industrial Manufacturing Committee, “It is still the path to the middle class and we need to spread the word that it is not just a job but a career. We need to bring this to the forefront and that is part of the discussion at this State of The Manufacturing event on November 15.”

The Industrial and Manufacturing Committee members, along with Illinois Lock Company and MassMutual, are sponsoring this luncheon to support the growing manufacturing field in Wheeling, Prospect Heights, and surrounding areas.

About the Wheeling Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Technology and Manufacturing Association:

Wheeling Prospect Heights Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s mission is to provide resources and an environment that promotes the success of our member businesses.

The Technology and Manufacturing Association represents close to 1,000 manufacturers in the Midwest.  The TMA was formed in 1925 to bring cooperation within the industry.