CHICAGO, IL – At the 91st Annual Dinner of the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) on Saturday evening at the Mid-America Club, 300 Illinois manufacturers and their loved ones came together to celebrate manufacturing in Illinois.
“This room is full of the cream of the crop in Illinois. You are the economic engine that drives this state, employing more than 30,000 of our hardest-working residents,” said Steve Rauschenberger, who was re-elected as Secretary and President of TMA. “You’re thriving despite all the challenges we face, a clear testament to the strong businesses you’ve built and the support that TMA provides. I am excited to see our organization continue to expand in our 92nd year.”
At the dinner, TMA’s 2017 Board of Directors was recognized, including incoming Chairman Aaron Wiegel of Wiegel Tool Works (photos below). In addition, four new Board Members were introduced, and outgoing Chairman Jim Carr of CARR Machine & Tool was thanked for his dedicated service to TMA.
“When I reflect on the TMA and what word best characterizes it, that word is legacy. As a third-generation manufacturer celebrating our 75th anniversary this year, I can truly appreciate that legacy. Being elected today as your Chairman, I join an elite class of “legacy” chairmen, serving as my father did in 1991,” said Aaron Wiegel, 80th Chairman of the Board of TMA. “This multi-generational commitment to TMA speaks to our membership’s willingness to lead and serve and make our future. I believe there is only one association that is focused on providing the manufacturing industry with a legacy. Now, my fellow members, let us get down to business.”
To close out the evening, awards were presented to three leaders in manufacturing. The Rose Mottl Award, presented to an outstanding female manufacturer, was awarded to Erica Wiegel of Aro Metal Stamping. The Young Leaders Award, presented to an up-and-coming leader in manufacturing, was presented to Jeff Majewski of KrisDee and Associates. And the Winzeler Award, the most prestigious honor given by TMA each year, was awarded to Tom Simeone of Manor Tool & Mfg.