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David Schertz named as CEO for OSF HealthCare Northern Region

Posted: 05/10/2013 - The board of directors for OSF Healthcare System has announced that David Schertz has been named the chief executive officer for the OSF HealthCare Northern Region in its newly reconfigured OSF Ministry organization. Schertz took on his new role effective April 29, 2013.

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Rockford Optometrist Awarded National Honor

Posted: 05/07/2013 - Dr. Jaime King of Advanced Rockford Eye Care received the National Practice of the Year award and was recognized as the top eye care practice out of 5500+ optometric practices in North America by Vision Source.

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J.D. Byrider Opens in Rockford

Updated: 05/07/2013 - J.D. Byrider is proud to announce the opening of a new franchise location which will bring a new and exciting option for purchasing used cars to thousands of Rockford-area residents.

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Workforce Development Institute Open House in Freeport

Posted: 05/07/2013 - FHA will combine current class offerings with classes focused on employability skills and additional specialized trainings to create the new Workforce Development Institute [WDI].

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Savant Capital Management Introduces eSavant Advisor

Posted: 05/06/2013 - Savant Capital Management, a fee-only wealth management firm with nine offices in three states, is now offering its successful, time-tested investment and planning advice to online investors through a new service called eSavant Advisor.

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6th Annual Go Global Conference

Updated: 05/01/2013 - Even if your business is small your potential market should be big. That's the thinking behind the 6th Annual Go Global Conference.

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Greenlee Textron Acquires Sherman & Reilly, Inc

Posted: 05/01/2013 - In a strategic move to broaden its position in the utility segment, Greenlee, a Textron Inc. company, announced today it has acquired ownership of Sherman & Reilly, Inc., a manufacturer of underground and aerial transmission and distribution products based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Savant Shares Outlook for Fixed Income Markets

Posted: 05/01/2013 - To help better understand the outlook for fixed income markets and how to manage risk, Savant Capital Management is bringing Charles Schwab Fixed Income Strategist, Kathy Jones, to Rockford on Thursday, May 16.

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Workforce Development Board Partner to Help GED Students

Updated: 05/01/2013 - Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) is teaming with the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) to assist students planning to complete their GED this year, the last year before the GED significantly changes.

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Winnebago Native Opens Bath & Body Fusion in Rockford

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Winnebago native Jen Lancaster, 34, dreamed of opening her own bath products store since she launched her business from inside her home two years ago. Now, Bath & Body Fusion, a Rockford City Market favorite, has officially opened inside of Stewart Square at 308 W. State in Rockford.

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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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