Category: 2023

Orion Industries announces leadership transition

Orion Industries, Ltd. (Orion), Dimension Bond, Inc. (DB) and Surface Solutions Group, LLC (SSG), leaders in the applied functional coatings industry, today announced the retirement of George Osterhout, the esteemed president and visionary leader of Orion, DB and SSG, and the appointment of Kevin Hess as the new president of the three companies.

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TMA Members connect with State Lawmakers

SCHAUMBURG – State lawmakers are urging TMA members to invite them to tour their businesses, and TMA members are obliging.

“Invite your state lawmakers to visit your companies,” said State Rep. Dan Ugaste of Geneva, IL, during TMA’s Legislator Connect virtual briefing in mid-March.

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TMA Profile: State Senator Jason Plummer

EDWARDSVILLE, IL – Illinois Senator Jason Plummer is a busy man. 

Besides being a husband and father, the 40-year-old represents to the Illinois Senate, the 11-county 55th Legislative District, which includes Edwardsville, Illinois. Edwardsville is where R.P. Lumber – the business his father and mother started in 1977 – is based.

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Chicago area high schools encourage students’ machining skills

SCHAUMBURG – The Technology & Manufacturing Association once again hosted a Precision Machining Competition to area high schools for the purpose of encouraging high school students to learn about and consider careers in manufacturing, specifically precision machining.

Nineteen instructors from 18 different Chicago area high schools encouraged their students to develop their machining skills as they completed challenging precision machining projects. After completion, the students’ machining projects were judged by skilled craftsmen in the industry.

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Illinois Becomes the Third State to Require Employee Paid Time Off for Any Reason

SPRINGFIELD – In January 2024, Illinois employers of any size will be required to allow employees to earn up to 40 hours of paid time off per year – the most expansive PTO requirement in the nation.

The employees taking advantage of the time off will not need to give reason for their absence, such as being ill or simply taking a day off. They are asked only to provide notice “in accordance with reasonable employer standards” – a vague term that will likely be open for interpretation.

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