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TMA discusses manufacturing issues with state Sen. McGuire

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By Scott McPherson

TMA members brief State Senator Pat McGuire on Manufacturing Issues

(Park Ridge)-The Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) hosted an issue breakfast yesterday at George's Restaurant in Lockport to discuss manufacturing concerns with State Senator Pat McGuire (D-IL 43).

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"We are grateful Senator McGuire was able to make time to meet with job creators in the Southwest suburbs," said Bill Renick of XTEN Industries in Lockport. "It is important for us to continue to inform legislators about the issues that are critical to our industry and the state of Illinois, including pension reform and workers compensation reform" he added.

Senator McGuire, who serves on several important committees including, Environment, Appropriations II, Higher Education, Revenue, and Transportation, stated "I am pleased to be here and am encouraged by the signs of manufacturing growth. One thing we can do to encourage growth is to deal with our pension challenges. I hope we will have a vote on pension reform next week in the veto session."

Additional manufacturing companies present at the breakfast included Norwalk Tank Co, Dynamic Signals, Advanced Diamond Technology, All American Recycling and Gateway Cable Company. Following the meeting, Senator McGuire took a tour of XTEN Industries, which specializes in injection-molded plastic components for automotive and other manufacturers.

About TMA: 8 small manufacturing companies who thought they could better themselves by associating with one another founded TMA in 1925. Through the years, members established programs and services that would help their businesses grow and prosper, train their employees, and provide medical and retirement benefits. As a result of these efforts, TMA has grown into a 1,000 member nonprofit organization representing almost 30,000 employees of precision manufacturing and supplier companies throughout Illinois.

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