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October 29, 2021 

Governor Pritzker kicks off Manufacturing Month at Chicago Magnesium Casting Company 
Chicago Magnesium Casting Company was presented with a Proclamation from the State of Illinois to commemorate their strategic expansion plans.

BLUE ISLAND, IL – Governor JB Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), along with community and industry leaders to celebrate expansion by Chicago Magnesium Casting Company (CMCC). Founded in Illinois in 1953, CMCC manufactures castings for the aerospace industry. CMCC is one of four domestic producers of highly complex magnesium sand castings. 

"In 2021 alone, dozens of manufacturers have relocated to Illinois or have expanded here - and I'm proud to welcome Chicago Magnesium as number 40," said Governor JB Pritzker. "Today's announcement follows a series of actions my administration has taken to attract more investment and growth in our manufacturing sector.

“We are excited to embark on the next steps of Chicago Magnesium’s Future with plans to grow our workforce through our commitment to teamwork, valuing opinions and supporting aspirations,” said Robert Littlefield, CEO of Chicago Magnesium Casting Corporation. ”We look forward to making a positive impact on our community through on-the job training and apprenticeship programs to further foster lifelong careers in the aerospace manufacturing industry.”

“Manufacturing month is a perfect time to celebrate just how far our hard-working entrepreneurs have come and for us all to show appreciation for all of the opportunities they are positioned for in the future." said David Boulay, Ph.D, President of IMEC.  "With all the transformative workplace changes underway including technology adaption and increased innovation, manufacturing careers continue to be a foundational opportunity for our workforce to make a difference in a dynamic fast-paced industry. The future of Illinois manufacturing looks bright."

“A future-driven supply chain is paramount for the success of the entire aerospace industry” said Michael Barrett, Executive Director at CMCC. “With a current workforce made up of 10 percent engineers and an operations management team with over 200 years of sand-casting experience, we are well positioned to expand our capabilities.”

"Congratulations to the Chicago Magnesium Casting Corporation on their expansion here in Illinois," said Sylvia Garcia, Acting Director of DCEO. "Under Governor Pritzker's leadership, Illinois is making investments today to prepare our residents and companies for continued growth in the advanced manufacturing sector and the related job opportunities in the years ahead."

CMCC is currently investing in state-of-the-art capital equipment and actively recruiting for many positions. For more information on job opportunities, visit CMCC’s careers page To stay tuned to CMCC’s growth progress, follow @Chicagomagnesium on Linkedin.

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