CAIC's 30th Annual Outing & Dinner will be held at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park on Friday September 15, 2017. The day will begin with an 8:00 a.m. registration & continental breakfast, followed by a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Contests will include a "Beat the Chairman" hole and a Joe-Rizza-Ford-sponsored Hole-in-One opportunity. The day will conclude with an open-bar, trophies, door prizes, raffle prizes and a fantastic dinner.
A Half Century
It is the rare organization that can celebrate a 50th anniversary and CAIC is just such an organization. With a grand vision and singular purpose, the Commission has never faltered in its mission to strengthen industry in the region. Come join us as we reflect on the last half century and look forward to the next!
On June 23, 2017, CAIC will host its Annual White Sox Baseball Outing. This event will start with a catered Tailgating Party at 5:15 p.m., followed by the White Sox vs. Athletics baseball game. As is always the case, the 100 tickets will sell out quickly so move fast if you want to attend.
Don't Miss This Fun Networking Event!
CAIC is a co-sponsor of IWWSG's May 24 cruise of the Chicago River aboard the Summer of George. The boat will board at 5:15 p.m. from River City Marina, 900 S. Wells ($10 parking is available) and cruise 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Dinner will be a buffet consisting of two entrees and pasta, plus salad & cookies; a cash bar will be available. The cruise speakers will be Kara Riggio and Madeline Sheperd, representatives of the Metropolitan Planning Council, which coordinated the recently-completed "Great Rivers Chicago" vision for the City of Chicago, Friends of the Chicago River, and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Make your reservations now!
Understanding Your Real Estate Assessment Incentives: New Changes = New Opportunities How To Ensure Paying Only Your Share
Mr. David Dillon MBA, JD., Partner in the law firm of Dillon & Nash Ltd. will provide ideas on how to understand your real estate assessment so that you pay only your share. The firm limits their practice to real estate tax minimization.
Manufacturing Technology & Innovation
Be introduced to the innovative technologies and services that Purdue University Northwest has available for industry in the region.
Tour the Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center (CMEC) which includes Robotics and PLC laboratories and serves as a catalyst for economic development and technological transfer throughout the region and provides advanced manufacturing opportunities and related training for manufacturing companies of all sizes.
Visit the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), globally recognized for its integrated and application-driven approaches through the state-of-the-art simulation and virtual reality visualization technologies for providing innovative solutions to solve various university research problems and industry issues.
Mr. William Strauss, Senior Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in his fifth annual appearance before the Commission, provided a detailed review of the past year, followed by a forecast for the next three years. The Federal Reserve casts a big net, drawing on data and research from a broad range of sources.
At the Chicago Federal Reserve, Mr. Strauss has produced the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index, which estimates the Midwest's manufacturing output. His research papers have focused on such topics as our regional economy, the automobile sector and the trade-weighted dollar. Before the U.S. Senate, Mr. Strauss has presented testimony on manufacturing issues. Mr. Strauss currently teaches at the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies.
David St. Pierre, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, explained, in detail. the old approaches used to address flooding in the metropolitan region. The process could best be described as "How big of a hole? How big of a pipe?"
Charged with the responsibility of solving all flooding problems in the region and facing budget constraints, a new approach is being developed that looks at the targeted area as a whole and designs solutions that are creative and enhances the communities where the flood control solutions are implemented and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.
Tom Hulseman, Managing Director of Metro Chicago Exports, will present on export initiatives impacting the greater metropolitan region.
Metro Chicago Exports is a regional collaboration between the seven counties in Northeastern Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and the City of Chicago to increase exports from small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to support regional job growth.
Starting Off Strong!!
On January 18, 2017 CAIC held its 2017 Kick-Off Luncheon at the Alsip Double Tree. Over 70 attendees heard Joseph Szabo, Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) speak about the seven county comprehensive plan under development including the process being used to capture input from stakeholders in the region. While local planning is important, with 284 municipalities in the region, Mr. Szabo demonstrated that it is crucial that a comprehensive regional plan be in place in order to address issues that span the region.
Kathy Webb, Area Director at OSHA's Calumet City Office, will be in attendance for the CAIC Human Resources Committee meeting at 8:00 a.m. at US Bank. She will provide an "OSHA Update", including the latest info on the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA's new injury and illness tracking rule.
Attendance at this Committee meeting is limited to CAIC manufacturing members only, and we would recommend that those members consider having their safety and/or human resources person attend.
Closing Out Another Year!
On December 9, 2016 CAIC held its 49th Annual Luncheon at the Beverly Country Club. Approximately 200 attendees heard Gene Larkin, Director of Lanigan Holdings, LLC, give the keynote address about the development of the Mi-Jack Products company. His presentation was accompanied by the video “Following the Dream”, which showed how, in 1954, from his home in Dolton, John Lanigan envisioned a “better way”. Over time, Mi-Jack became a multinational corporation providing machinery and solutions for the transportation and material handling industries worldwide.
At the luncheon, two Kenneth L. Brace Memorial Awards, named after CAIC’s first Executive Director, were awarded. The first recipient was Mi-Jack Products, in recognition of a visionary industry leader that has strengthened and transformed the intermodal transportation industry regionally and worldwide through technological innovation and exemplary service. The second recipient was Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, in recognition of its effort to minimize diesel exhaust emissions and enhance transportation economics through its program to convert its entire locomotive fleet to compressed natural gas fuel. This year, the Chairman’s Award, was presented (below) to Al Raffin, of Raffin Construction, for tremendous support and participation in CAIC and its functions throughout many years.
Left of Bang
To a packed house, Dan Skoczylas, a recognized authority in background investigations, security and active shooter response training arenas, presented a comprehensive overview of issues related to Active Shooters, including event statistics in the U.S., OSHA mandated employer responsibilities and planning and actions that can be done prior to, during and after an event. In the presentation, Dan reviewed the actions that an employer can take to significantly reduce the likelihood and impact of such an event at their business.
The key is to stay "Left of Bang", a book that came highly recommended.
Industrial Growth Zones
On September 23rd, fifteen companies & property owners joined CAIC staff for a presentation by the Chicago Department of Planning & Development on the Industrial Growth Zones established in the Calumet & Burnside Industrial Corridors. (Please See the Maps Below).
An initiative by Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, the Industrial Growth Zone program offers a series of resources to address environmental conditions & complex government regulations that are often identified as obstacles to site development. Sophia Carey, Director of Industrial Growth Programs with Chicago Department of Planning, presented to attendees. Some of these program's resources include:
Up to $130,000 in financial assistance for environmental assessments & remediation
Streamlined development incentives
Expedited permitting, licensing and inspections
For further information about this program, please contact Beth Dybala at 773-928-6000, ext. 224.
CAIC's 29th Annual Outing & Dinner was held at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park on Friday September 9, 2016. The day began with an 8:00 a.m. registration & continental breakfast, followed by a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Contests included "Beat the Chairman" and a Joe-Rizza-Ford-sponsored Hole-in-One opportunity. A hot-dog lunch with "hydration" on the course was provided. The day concluded with an open-bar, trophies, door prizes, raffle prizes and a fantastic 3:00 p.m. dinner.
Toughest Ticket In Town!
On August 26, 2016, CAIC hosted their 12th Annual White Sox Baseball Outing. This event started with a Tailgating Party catered by Pepino's at 5:15 p.m., followed by the White Sox vs. Seattle "Elvis Night" baseball game. As is always the case, all 100 tickets sold out quickly. Falling behind early 3-0, the Sox closed the gap in the 7th when 3rd baseman, Todd Frazier hit a solo home run. They could get no closer and, in the bottom of the ninth, it was discovered that Elvis had, indeed, left the building.
On July 7, 2016, Clayton Harris III, newly appointed Executive Director of the Illinois International Port District, addressed CAIC members at a luncheon held at Harborside International Golf Center. More than 100 attendees listened as Mr. Harris talked about the future of the Port, the problems, issues and challenges of making the Port more competitive, and the need to develop a vision for that future. He emphasized that a crucial first step in this process is to identify the interested parties, required to effectively work through a four phase process of agenda setting, option formulation, implementation and evaluation. The Port owns approximately 1,500 acres of land near Lake Calumet and Lake Michigan, including Harborside International Golf Center, which an outside company manages. A range of industrial & warehousing firms lease space from the District.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Harris was Midwest Director of Government Affairs for the environmental & engineering firm CH2M Hill, and also had stints as Chief of Staff at the Illinois DOT and the Chicago DOT, among other government jobs. He has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace technology from Middle Tennessee University and a law degree from the Howard University School of Law.
For the sixth straight year Argus Brewery, located in the historic Pullman District at 113th and South Front Avenue, opened its doors to members for a tour of their brewery which was built in the early 1900's by the Schlitz Brewing Company to house horse teams and carriages. The tour ended with a sampling of some of the finest craft beers brewed in Chicago.
“Great Rivers Chicago” is an initiative led by the City of Chicago in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), Friends of the Chicago River and others to create a long-term vision for the Calumet, Chicago and Des Plaines rivers and riverfronts. From improved shipping to better water quality to more waterfront dining options and canoe launches, the group is scouring existing plans and reaching out to business owners, community leaders and people like you to create a coordinated vision for our rivers’ future. At a May 19, 2016 Environmental Committee breakfast meeting, Josh Ellis, the Program Director at the MPC who is leading this part of the information gathering phase, met with CAIC members to hear input from the Calumet Area industrial community as the proposed vision and action agenda are developed. Meeting attendees also watched a short video produced by the Calumet Heritage Partnership (CHP), which has initiated a feasibility study to create a National Heritage Area (NHA) in the area anchored by the Dunes (east) and the Pullman National Monument (west). According to the National Park Service, NHAs are regions “designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape”.
On May 18, 2016, Howard A. Learner, President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), addressed CAIC members at a luncheon held at Ridge Country Club. ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Mr. Learner is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform for ELPC’s successful work promoting clean energy development solutions to global warming problems, improving the Midwest’s environmental quality, and preserving the region’s natural resources and heritage. Mr. Learner’s thought-provoking presentation to CAIC was entitled “Linking Environmental Progress and Economic Development”. One of ELPC’s premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together, and Howard’s presentation focused on the changing economics of electricity, the rapid expansion of alternative energy with a detailed focus on solar, and the many untapped opportunities that exist for highly efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling systems, better pumps and motors, and other modern energy efficiency technologies that save money and reduce pollution.
Meeting the Challenges
Mr. William Strauss, Senior Economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, provided an analysis of the current state of the Midwest economy and its manufacturing sector in his fourth annual appearance before the Commission. A detailed review of the past year was followed by a forecast for the next three years, comparing the economic performance of Illinois versus other states in the Midwest and highlighting challenges and opportunities facing industry and the economy in general. At the Chicago Federal Reserve, Mr. Strauss has produced the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index, which estimated the Midwest's manufacturing output. His research papers have focused on such topics as our regional economy, the automobile sector and the trade-weighted dollar. Before the U.S. Senate, Mr. Strauss has presented testimony on manufacturing issues. Mr. Strauss currently teaches at the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies.
Kathy Webb, Area Director at U.S. Department of Labor Calumet City Office, presented a detailed analysis of regional safety data, exploring current performance, trends and challenges. She explained OSHA protocol, recent changes and presented a host of best practices and recommended approaches for industry.
Kathy Webb, Area Director at U.S. Department of Labor, Calumet City, graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Studies and began her nearly 30 year career with OSHA upon graduation. Ms. Webb was a safety specialist from 1988-2000, having inspected over 1000 facilities and construction job sites. As a compliance officer she inspected numerous fatalities and accidents. In August of 2000, she was promoted to construction team leader, where she served for four years and was then promoted to Area Director in the North Aurora area office in 2005 until coming back to Calumet City in April 2014 as an Area Director.
Having completed the move to the 7th floor of the US Bank building at 1000 E. 111th Street, CAIC opened its doors to members and non members. Consolidating operations on a single floor allows for the Commission to improve services for members while providing the meeting space needed to host working groups and other events that would previously be held elsewhere. We also now have the space to engage and provide training for more job seekers. The open house was well attended. Stop by and visit when you're in the neighborhood.
On January 28, 2016, David St. Pierre, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, addressed the CAIC Environmental Committee. The District covers 883 square miles and provides wholesale wastewater treatment for over five million residents in Cook County. The District operates seven wastewater treatment plants [including the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (above)], which treat over 1.4 billion gallons/day. The District also provides regional storm water services. Among other tasks, the District is leading efforts among utilities in adopting a resource recovery model. In his presentation, David provided CAIC Members with the latest information on Calumet WRP improvements, disinfection, Ordinance changes, resource recovery, User Charge, the regulatory outlook and more!
Additional informative presentations were made by Gail Walker (EnviroCom -- community relations in the Calumet Area), Andrew Coultas et. al. (Alper Services -- workers comp audit services) and Chris McAuliffe (Friends of Big Marsh -- Bike Park update).
A Powerful Past and Promising Future
With the Commission celebrating nearly half a century of contributions to the region, keynote speaker, Geoffrey Baer, Producer/Host at WTTW Channel 11 who is known for his masterful storytelling, conversational style and contagious enthusiasm, presented the compelling manufacturing history of the Calumet region. An audience of nearly 200 were treated to an engaging exploration of the crucial role that the region played in the growth of Chicago, the Midwest and a young nation. In attendance, financial and manufacturing industry leaders, along with public policy experts, developed a keen appreciation of the previous two centuries even as they guide and lay the groundwork for the 21st. The luncheon, benefiting from the exemplary service by Beverly Country Club, was an unqualified success.
CAIC member, ArcelorMittal, hosted an "Industrial Energy Best Practices Workshop" where attendees learned about managing energy demand in manufacturing facilities and how Peoples Gas and ComED incentive programs can help.
This event targeted an audience consisting of:
- Plant Managers
- Maintenance Manager
- Energy Engineers
- Process Engineers
- Facility Engineers
- Practical applications of industrial key efficiency
- Technical knowledge on how to evaluate industrial energy efficiency opportunities
- Peer information sharing on how to identify, fund, and execute energy initiatives and how to qualify for project funding, analysis & implementation
This workshop, organized by CAIC and held at Moraine Valley Community College, examined how Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) could assist manufacturers with the following strategies:
- Training on equipment evaluation
- Basic measurement of equipment performance
- Cleaning, inspections, repairs, modifications
- Establishing basic system conditions
- Setting up meaningful daily operator checks
- Setting up maintenance PM’s
- Use of predictive maintenance tools
It was explained how a TPM strategy could result in dramatic reductions and, at times, outright prevention of equipment breakdowns & production stoppages, improve quality issues due to equipment variability, and eliminate slow run speeds (less than what equipment is designed for) and unpredictable prevention maintenance service.
CAIC's 28th Annual Golf Outing & Dinner was held on Friday, September 11th, 2015 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park, IL. Following a continental breakfast for the early risers, a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start got the festivities rolling. A post golf dinner with awards and prizes followed at 3:30 p.m.
More than 100 people attended the Commission's 11th annual White Sox Outing, taking advantage of this great networking event. The pregame event was held just outside the park and everyone enjoyed the great food, drink, and company. The event was a rousing success, marred only by the narrow loss to the hated Northsiders.
CAIC held its annual "VIP Tour & Networking Event" for CAIC Package Members and Board Members at the new Method manufacturing plant in Pullman Park. At its "South Side Soapbox", CAIC member Method manufacturers a wide range of eco-friendly cleaning products and the facility serves as a distribution center for both Method and Ecover. Bottles for the soap are produced by CAIC member, Amcor Rigid Plastics which manufacturers the containers on-site. With its new Midwest home, Method reduces its carbon footprint and is positioned to source ingredients and distribute products efficiently across North America.
Newly-elected 10th Ward Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza, a lifelong resident of the 10th Ward who has worked in public service for 22 years as a counselor at Jane Addams Elementary School introduced herself and addressed an audience of over fifty industry members. Recognizing the importance of manufacturing in her own family, she expressed a firm commitment to working with industry in efforts to revitalize the 10th Ward and the larger regional economy.
Susan holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and has worked with thousands of families throughout the 10th Ward to create award winning after school programs, such as “Safe-Kids” and “Bully Patrol”. She has worked tirelessly with students and teachers from every school within the 10th Ward. Susan is also a member of “Communities in Schools,” a citywide program that serves at-risk youth. Susan has served on the board of the Hegewisch Community Committee for 15 years. Within the organization she has served as the Program Director and has provided services to hundreds of 10th Ward residents. She is a member of the East-Side Pride, and has been instrumental in the fight against pollutants in our neighborhood.
CAIC, in conjunction with the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC), held its June Membership Meeting at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During the event, participants.....
- Toured the Idea ShopTM -- State-of-the-art rapid-prototyping lab with 3-D Printers, CNC Machines, etc., and collaborative teaming areas. This lab serves as a hub for engaging alumni and corporate & community stakeholders as a cutting edge workplace and learning space.
- Explored sponsoring an IPRO Project -- Interdisciplinary teams of IIT students working in teams to tackle complex issues that are vital to an organization’s success. Several CAIC members have already partnered with IIT on successful projects.
- Learned about the SouthWorks Maker Lab Network -- Equipment/ Expertise at a community college near you!
- Heard about the Industrial Technology and Management Program -- Through an assessment of hundreds of Chicagoland manufacturing companies, a new kind of educational program was designed to serve industry by enabling technical specialists to pursue a relevant bachelor’s degree and advance into management.