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Here you can get up-to-date information on all of the latest news events happening in the Rockford Area. Feel free to visit our archives section to view past articles.

April 17, 2014

Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott H. Christiansen presents "Building for the Future" State of the County Address

Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott H. Christiansen presented his annual State of the County address Thursday, hosted by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.  Christiansen, who will have served ten years as County Board Chairman next month, focused not only on the past year’s accomplishments, but also the past ten years...

April 16, 2014

EIGER Adds Assembly Program and Credential

Starting May 19, EIGERlab will address a workforce training concern with the addition of a seven week, credentialed Assembly WORKS (AW)—advanced assembly training. TechWorks Advisory Council, which includes representatives from many of our region’s manufacturers, has identified a shortage and need for skilled assembly personnel. The TechWorks Advisory Council assisted...

April 10, 2014

Governor Quinn Announces $223 Million to Restore Chicago to Rockford Amtrak Service

Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $223 million state capital investment that will create hundreds of jobs and restart Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago beginning in 2015. To view the full press release, click here....

April 9, 2014

Go Global International Trade Conference Connects Regional Manufacturers to Global Business Experts

ROCKFORD, IL (April 9, 2014) – More than 250 regional manufacturers and companies will acquire insights and advice from international trade experts during Go Global, the Midwest’s 7th annual premier international trade conference. The event, presented by the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) will be held on May 7,...

April 9, 2014

Midwest Aero Support, Inc. adds laminate panel repair capability.

Machesney Park, IL – Midwest Aero Support, Inc. (“MAS”) is excited to announce the addition of a Laminating Technology heat and vacuum applicator (HVA-3) machine to perform repairs to laminate panels. These machines will allow MAS to perform laminate repairs cost effectively with high quality and quick turn times. Performing...

April 9, 2014

Fehr Graham Announces Acquisition of Arnold Lundgren Associates of Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. – Engineering and Environmental firm Fehr Graham announced its acquisition of civil engineering and land surveying firm Arnold Lundgren Associates (ALA) of Rockford, Illinois. The acquisition is expected to further strengthen Fehr Graham’s position in the Rockford market. Fehr Graham’s purchase of ALA adds 9 additional staff to...

April 8, 2014

Michael Mastroianni named sixth president of Rock Valley College

After months of a national search, the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Mastroianni as college president. A lifelong Rockford resident and alumnus of Rock Valley College, Mr. Mastroianni has a broad background in higher education, including serving most recently as interim...

April 4, 2014

I-39 CATALYST Newsletter Published

The Spring 2014 issue of I-39 CATALYST is now available online at the RAEDC website. To view this current installment, please click here: Spring '14 CATALYST....

March 24, 2014

RFD Passenger Numbers up over February, 2013

RFD Releases February Passenger Numbers Rockford, Ill. – The Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) released traffic statistics for February 2014.  Reports show a 6.2 percent increase in traffic over February of 2013 and an overall load factor of 91%.  Growth due to Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda service along with strong performance by...

March 18, 2014

Rockford Area Economic Development Council Names Michael P. Nicholas as New President After 10-Month Search Process; New Leader Has Private and Public Experience, Is Skilled At Collaborations

The Rockford Area Economic Development (RAEDC) named Michael P. Nicholas of Crystal Lake, Illinois as the new president of the regional organization charged with helping employers retain and create quality jobs. He will begin at the RAEDC on April 7. Most recently Nicholas was the president and chief executive officer...

March 17, 2014


  Medrick Rainbow joins PCI team as Vice President and General Manager for Rockford, IL location Philadelphia, PA – March 10, 2014 - Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) is pleased to welcome Medrick Rainbow as General Manager of its Rockford, IL location.  PCI operates nine facilities in Rockford, totaling over 1,000,000 square feet...

March 11, 2014

Boeing Supplier Symposium Hosted by Congressman Adam Kinzinger

Congressman Adam Kinzinger hosted a Boeing Supplier Symposium on March 10, 2014 for  Rockford Region companies interested in becoming a supplier for the aerospace manufacturer.  Eighteen companies participated in individual meetings with Boeing representatives, after hearing a presentation about how to become a supplier to the company.  The event was...