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Reservations Required:   
October 2, 2014

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL  60611-3890

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Join us for an important gathering of manufacturing industry leaders from the Midwest. 

The inaugural Midwest Manufacturing Matters Legacy Award gala, on the eve of National Manufacturing Day, will bring together leaders, suppliers and service providers from the many faces of the manufacturing industry -- together for one evening to network and celebrate the impact, accomplishments and bright promise of the future for the manufacturing industry in the Midwest.

Whether you're an industry member, service provider or supplier to manufacturers, this promises to be a memorable evening of renewing friendships, making new connections for global business opportunities and celebrating our award winners:

2014 Legacy Award Honoree  
S&C Electric Co.

AIM's Manufacturer of the Year 
Linda Boasmond, Cedar Concepts 

Global Midwest Alliance's Manufacturer of the Year 
Tom Hacker, C&L Supreme

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Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide, not-for-profit education organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.

The Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing (AIM) is a collaboration of taxpayer supported and not-for-profit organizations that leverages, coordinates and focuses their collective resources into integrated solutions that transform Northeast Illinois manufacturers into globally competitive companies. Visit

Involvement in this campaign provides a number of very valuable benefits for these industry supporting organizations. A portion of the revenue generated through this initiative is a critical part of annual manufacturing industry sector funding and support. This allows the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and Global Midwest Alliance to pursue and fund groundbreaking, innovative programs that will help support, expand and enhance the success and impact of companies throughout the Midwest, with a strong focus on the currently critical areas of innovation, sustainability, global growth and workforce development. 
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VIP Reception
5:00 p.m.

General Reception
5:30 p.m.

Dinner & Awards Presentation
7:00 p.m.

Valet Parking Available

Do you have questions about sponsor packages? Please email [email protected].
Co-Sponsored by
Program Co-Chairs

Mark Baker
Tempel Steel

John Blumenshine
S&C Electric Co.

Bill Bossard

Allan Bulley
Bulley & Andrews

Harry Cendrowski
Cendrowski Corporate Advisors

Dolores Connolly
Sterling Engineering

Chris Curtis

​Bill Downey
Hi-Grade, Inc.

Jerry Flynn

​Craig Freedman
Freedman Seating

Bob Glazik
McGladrey LLP

Adam Grinde
Baker Tilly

Francia Harris
Bannockburn Global Forex

Jim Hill
The Hill Group

William Hood
LED Lighting, Inc.

Bill Jordan
Morris Midwest (Okuma Dist.)

Bill Koch
B K Controls

Clyde Kofman
Underwriters Laboratory

​Guy Loudon
Jane Addams Resource Corp.

David Masters
Northbrook Bank/Wintrust

Richard Merlo
JDM Steel 

​Skip Mungo
Temperature Eqpmt. Corp.

Ed Sitar

Domingo Such
Perkins Coie

Dean Stork
American Chartered Bank

Geoff Vance
McDermott Will & Emery

Lisa Victoria Waller
BDG International, Inc.

Terry Ward
Bank of America

Ray Whitacre
BMO Harris

Warren Young
Acme Industries

The 2014 Legacy Award Celebrating 
the Impact and Accomplishments of Midwest Manufacturers


 The Midwest Manufacturing Industry Honors S&C Electric Co.