State Sen. Patrick Joyce has been named to the Illinois Manufacturing Caucus, a group that will partner with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association to create new awareness of and support for the role manufacturing facilities play on the regional and state economy.
Joyce, D-Kankakee, represents Flossmoor in the Illinois Senate.
“Statewide, manufacturers have an enormous impact on our state’s success,” Joyce said. “They directly provide 650,000 jobs across the state, and every 10 manufacturing jobs support 17 jobs in other industries. When we support and create more manufacturing careers, we are helping lift families up to then support other businesses and families in our communities.
“The Gotion electric vehicle battery plant we announced last fall will create more than 2,500 new jobs in Manteno and is an excellent example of the type of investment we will be working as a caucus to make here and across the state.”
Joyce is serving with other caucus members Rep. Amy Elik, a Republican from the East St. Louis Metro area, Republican Sen. Sue Rezin from nearby Morris, and Rep. Justin Slaughter, a Democrat from the south end of Chicago.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues and the IMA to help develop new pipelines through training programs to connect people to great careers in manufacturing, and to bring new construction and facilities to Illinois in the coming years. I appreciate the confidence the IMA has in my support for manufacturing to ask for my help in guiding this important effort,” Joyce said.