Pioneer Service Inc. recently hosted US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Addison Mayor Rich Veenstra along with Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) representatives John Bradarich and Jim Dunbar for a tour and discussion of workforce and other issues faced by small precision machining companies. The discussion also covered the support and resources brought by IMEC, the supporting Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), PMPA Precision Machined Products Association , and others that have helped Pioneer transform it’s product line and workforce.
Pioneer Service became actively engaged with the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA), in 2015, for technical expertise, training, as well as political advocacy for manufacturing issues. The congressman and mayor were able to see and hear how networking with these organizations and others has helped Pioneer get the resources needed to help them transform their processes and products from simple shafts to complex CNC machined parts, keeping over 30 people employed.
Changing the perception of Manufacturing is critical if we are to attract the next generation of skilled workers with careers that will place them solidly in the middle class. All of us need to help our neighbors, local and national elected officials understand the value that our people and processes create in our precision manufacturing shops. Hosting your congressman is a great way to start that discussion.
Thanks for taking the time to get the conversation started, Aneesa.
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