Andersson Celebrates Manufacturing Month by Touring Local Company

Rep. Andersson is pictured with co-owners
Rich Hoster and Phil Cowen.
State Representative Steve Andersson recently toured Smith and Richardson Manufacturing Inc. in Geneva, to recognize Manufacturing Month in the State of Illinois. Representative Andersson took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about manufacturing from a key business within his legislative district: Smith and Richardson is a manufacturer of precision machined, stamped and slide formed parts for the electrical, hydraulics, aerospace, automotive, instrumentation and medical industries. Throughout the day Rep. Andersson met with the co-owners of the business, Rich Hoster and Phil Cowen, received a tour of the site, and witnessed their production in process.

Manufacturing month is important for Illinois, as the state is the fifth largest in manufacturing which accounts for 92 percent of Illinois’ total exports. October has been celebrated as manufacturing month throughout Illinois to showcase the nearly 13,000 manufacturing firms throughout the state—and to recognize the contributions the manufacturing industry has brought to Illinois. This also includes Manufacturing Day, celebrated nationwide on the first Friday of October, which recognizes the impact modern manufacturing has had on our country.

Representative Andersson was grateful for the opportunity to experience a key component of manufacturing closer to home. “This month highlights the importance of manufacturing throughout Illinois, but today I had the chance to recognize the role of manufacturing at the local level right here in the community. To be able to visit the site, and learn more about their production was extremely rewarding,” said Andersson.

“Manufacturing is such a large part of our state’s economy. To see the extent of manufacturing happening right here in Geneva, and the vital role its production plays to countless industries in the larger business community is amazing.”
The Representative was accompanied on the tour with students from Geneva and Glenbard East High Schools, and also met several employees of Smith and Richardson Manufacturing on his tour, some of which gave special presentations on their roles in production.

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