Chief advocate for U.S. manufacturing to speak Feb. 24

The Rockford Regional Chamber of Commerce 2005 Manufacturers Appreciation Dinner and Exhibition, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Clliffbreakers Conference Center, 700 W. Riverside Blvd, Rockford. The exposition and reception will take place from 4-6 p.m. Dinner and program following. More than 600 area business and civic leaders are expected to attend.

The keynote address will be presented by Al Frink, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing & Services International Trade Administration for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Frink was appointed by President Bush to serve as the chief advocate for U.S. manufacturing sector within the federal government. He will share the administration’s vision for advocating, coordinating and implementing policies to help U.S. manufacturers compete globally.

The theme of this year’s event is “Staying Competitive.” The evening’s program will include Congressman Donald Manzullo presenting two Achievement Awards honoring a local manufacturing company that has used technology to remain competitive and grow in the 21st century; and a business leader who made significant contributions to improve his/her institution and the manufacturing community. Contact Teri Watts at 815-987-8100, ext.137, to obtain a nomination form.

Individual tickets for Chamber members are $45, and corporate tables of 10 are $450. Individual tickets are also available for non-Chamber members at $55. Reservations can be made by calling 815-987-8100, ext. 137, or by registering online at The event is sponsored by IMEC and Rock Valley College.

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