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Rockford Area Aerospace Network Shares Results of MRO Show

Posted: 04/25/2013 - – The Rockford Area Aerospace Network (RAAN), a committee of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC), has just returned from successful participation in Aviation Week’s annual MRO Americas Conference and Exhibition. The conference, which took place April 16 – 18 in Atlanta, Ga., is the largest gathering of MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) professionals worldwide. Participating in the event allowed RAAN and its members to connect with industry professionals and promote the Rockford region’s key assets that specifically support commercial and cargo aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul operations. Attracting a large MRO facility to the Rockford region would create hundreds of high-paying jobs for skilled workers and would help spur additional economic growth and investment in the Chicago Rockford International Airport’s (RFD) surrounding business parks. A large MRO facility could also help boost the UPS and international cargo activity at RFD, which would result in additional job creation and economic growth. The main goals for RAAN at the convention were to identify opportunities for Rockford Area companies to grow their business through matchmaking and identify companies that can expand their business into the Rockford area. MRO Show Outcomes:  Increased interest and built awareness of Rockford region’s instant supply chain – companies impressed with the volume and breadth of aerospace and MRO companies in the area  Company with plans to relocate a non-US division showed interest in Rockford Region  Two companies considering their first Midwest expansion liked what Rockford had to offer  Training institution that is considering adding new locations visited RAAN booth to explore options “I am pleased with the outcome of the show. We had several conversations with companies ready to expand in the Midwest and our region is on their radar,” said Eric Voyles, RAEDC Vice President of National Business Development. “People are starting to recognize Rockford as an aerospace hot spot – it’s very exciting.” Participating in the event also gives RAAN members an opportunity to grow their business and secure new leads. Regional companies that exhibited with RAAN were Ingenium Technologies, Chicago Rockford International Airport and Midwest Aero Support, Inc. Individually, Chem Processing, B/E Aerospace, GE Aviation, Esterline, UTAS, Woodward and Emery Air also participated as exhibitors. The Rockford Region is one of the largest epicenters of aerospace activity in the country, home to more than 200 suppliers. There are more than 90 aerospace suppliers in the Rockford metropolitan area alone. The region leads the state in aerospace manufacturing employment, with more than 80 percent of Illinois’ aerospace workplace being found in Rockford’s metropolitan areas. This makes the Rockford metropolitan area sixth in the nation in terms of concentration of aerospace production employment and one of the largest in the nation in overall aerospace employment.

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AndersonBrecon’s Worldwide Strategy

Updated: 04/27/2013 - With over one million square feet of production space, AndersonBrecon has quite a local presence. Within the last decade the drug packaging company has built a global presence to be envied as well.

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Teen Applicants Sought for Park PLAYers Job Opportunities

Posted: 04/24/2013 - Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries is once again offering first time job opportunities for young teens, ages 14 and 15, to participate as paid staff members in the Park PLAYers, a nonviolent conflict resolution playground program beginning its 19th season this summer.

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RFD Earns Recognition for Financial Report

Posted: 04/24/2013 - For the 15th consecutive year, the Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

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Local Real Estate Firm Among National Top 500

Posted: 04/24/2013 - RISMedia has announced its 25th annual list of the Top 500 “Power Brokers”. Throughout its evolution, the Power Broker Report has long honored the incredible business feats of remarkable real estate leaders.

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MembersAlliance Offers Free Seminar for Today’s Home Buyer

Posted: 04/15/2013 - As part of northern Illinois’ sixth annual Money Smart Week, MembersAlliance Credit Union, along with Gambino Realtors and the Rockford Area Affordable Housing Coalition (RAAHC), will offer a FREE educational seminar entitled “Buying a Home?

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AT&T 4G LTE Coming to Rockford This Summer

Posted: 04/10/2013 - AT&T has announced plans to roll out 4G LTE in Rockford this summer, bringing customers the latest generation of wireless network technology and faster mobile Internet speeds from the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network.

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Rockford Post Office Ready for Tax Day

Posted: 04/10/2013 - If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, the Rockford Post Office can help. The deadline to file taxes is Monday, April 15.

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