Freedman Seating Company

TMA
 Hosts
 State 
Senator 
Van 
Pelt 
for 
Manufacturing 
Roundtable


Feb 27

On Monday, February 22nd, the
 Technology and 
Manufacturing 
Association 

hosted 
State 
Senator
 Patricia 
Van
Pelt 
(D‐5th
District)
 for 
a 
roundtable 
discussion 
of 
manufacturing 
issues
 at 
Freedman
 Seating
 Company
 on
 Chicago’s 
West
 Side.


“I’d
 like
 to 
thank 
Senator 
Van 
Pelt 
for 
taking 
time 
out 
of
 her
 busy
 schedule
 to
 sit
 with
 us
 to
 discuss
 issues
 of
 importance
 to
 the
 manufacturing
 community,”
 stated
 TMA
 Government 
Relations
 Committee
 Chairman 
Zach
 Mottl.
 “It
 is 
critical
f or
 our
 elected leaders
 to
 underst and
 the 
key
 initiatives 
we 
support 
in Springfield,
 such 
as 
workers’
 compensation
 reform.
 Other
 issues
 for
 manufacturers,
 pale
 in
 comparison
 for
 the
 need
 for

 workers’
 comp
 reform,” 
Mottl
 added.


Senator 
Van
 Pelt, 
who
 represents
 a 
wide 
swath 
of 
Chicago’s
 North
 and 
West
 sides,
 stated, 
“I 
want
 to 
see
 manufacturers 
succeed
 and 
Freedman
 Seating 
is 
a
 prime 
example 
of 
a 
great 
local 
success
 story.
 I
 know 
that 
workers’ 
comp 
reform 
has 
been 
discussed 
for 
some 
time 
in 
Springfield
 and
 I
 hope 
to 
add 
my 
views
to 
that 
ongoing 
discussion,” 
she 
added.



Freedman
 Seating
 is
 a
 120‐year‐old
 Chicago
 Company
 that
 manufactures
 seats
 and
 seating
 related
 products 
for
 many 
different
 applications. 
Product 
lines 
include 
bus,
 rail, 
marine, 
delivery
 truck,
 specialty
 and
 commercial
 vehicle
 seating.
 We
 employ
 over
 700
 people
 in
 Chicago.
 “Employers 
have
 an
 obligation
 to
take
 care 
of 
injuries 
caused
 on
 the 
job. 
However,
 it’s
 fraudulent
 claims
 that
 degrade
 the
 commitment
 we've
 made
 to
 our
 employees
 and
 their
 families,”
 said 
Freedman
 Seating
 President
 Craig
 Freedman.
 "We
 need 
serious
 workers’
comp
 reform
 as 
the 
current 
system
 is 
failing 
small 
and 
mid‐size 
companies,
employees 
and 
taxpayers.”


The 
roundtable 
with 
Senator 
Van
 Pelt 
was 
the
 first 
in 
a
 series
 of 
briefings
 that 
TMA 
will 
host 
with
 their 
members
 and 
state 
legislators
 throughout
 2016. 
TMA
 will 
also 
host 
their 
annual 
Mayors 
for
 Manufacturing
 Conference 
on
 May
 10th 
at 
Prairie 
State 
College.


About TMA
8 small manufacturing companiess who thought they could better themselves by associating with one another founded TMA in 1925. Through the years, members established programs and services to help their businesses grow and prosper, train their employees, and provide medical and retirement benefits. TMA has grown into an almost 1,000 member not‐for‐profit organization representing more than 30,000 employees of precision manufacturing and supplier companies throughout Illinois.

Photo
Left to Right: Zach Mottl, GRC Chairman from Atlas Tool; Hon. Patricia Van Pelt, Illinois State Senator 5th District; Greg Sweigert, Atherton Machinery a division of RACO Industrial; Craig Freedman, President of Freedman Seating; Jay Shattuck, Shattuck & Associates.

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