Technology & Manufacturing Association elects new chairman

  • Jim Carr

    Jim Carr

Daily Herald Report
Updated 3/9/2016 8:49 AM

The Technology and Manufacturing Association elected Jim Carr as its 79th chairman of the board.

Carr is president and owner of Elk Grove Village-based Carr Machine & Tool Inc. "It's a great honor for me to be selected by my peers for this important assignment," Carr said. "I look forward to working with my fellow board members and TMA staff to continue our commitment to be the foremost manufacturing association in Illinois."


Carr was sworn in at TMA's 90th annual meeting on March 3 at the TMA headquarters in Schaumburg. He replaces outgoing Chairman Fernando Ortiz, Jr.

TMA also elected three new board members. Jason Zenger, president of Zenger's Industrial Supply and partner in Camfast; Bill Downey, president and CEO of Hi‐Grade Welding and Manufacturing; and Rich Hoster, president and COO of Smith & Richardson.

Retiring from the board are Stacey Bales, Brian Panek and Paul Prikos.

Carr is a 25 year veteran of the manufacturing industry and has worked in all roles of his family's high precision CNC machine business. Carr Machine specializes in low‐volume, close‐tolerance, multi‐axis machining. Last year, Carr and a friend launched a podcast called MakingChips, targeted at manufacturing leaders. The show has generated more than 50,000 downloads. Carr previously served as vice chairman, as well as treasurer of the TMA board, where his company has been a member for more than four decades. Carr also serves on the advisory board at Harper College and High School District 211.

TMA started in 1925 when 8 small manufacturing companies thought they could better themselves by associating with one another. Through the years, members established programs and services to help their businesses grow and prosper, train their employees and provide medical and retirement benefits. TMA has grown into an almost 1,000 member not‐for‐profit organization representing more than 30,000 employees of precision manufacturing and supplier companies throughout Illinois.

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