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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2000

Illinois Firms Intensify Trade Through Expo Manufactura

CHICAGO -- Governor George H. Ryan today pointed to the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs' (DCCA) recent mission to Expo Manufactura 2000 in Monterrey, Mexico as evidence that Illinois' stepped-up efforts to promote trade are meeting with overwhelming success.

"By continuing to assist and encourage Illinois firms to participate in these types of trade shows, we are fostering stronger ties with our trading partners while helping to maintain our state's competitive manufacturing edge, " Ryan said.

Representatives from DCCA's Illinois Trade Office in Chicago and Mexico City led the largest Illinois delegation ever to participate in Mexico's premier metalworking and manufacturing event, held earlier this month, from March 7th-9th. Illinois Trade Offices in Chicago and Mexico City leveraged the State's powerful manufacturing sector to create a State of Illinois Pavilion at Expo Manufactura comprised of an unprecedented 42 delegates from 30 Illinois companies.

This year proved to be a prosperous year at Expo Manufactura. The Illinois Trade Office's preliminary reports have suggested the Expo has produced over 1000 trade prospects, which are already leading to increased export opportunities for Illinois firms. "The Illinois Trade Office's assistance and programming combined with the excellent opportunities provided by Expo Manufactura have increased our export sales by six figures," noted Alex Cacheux, International Sales Manager, RACO Industrial.

In addition to providing financial and logistical assistance, the Illinois Trade Office coordinated a variety of events for the Illinois delegation including: networking receptions, business seminars, and factory tours with top Mexican business and political officials to assist in finding trade opportunities in Mexico.

"The State of Illinois Pavilion concept at trade shows such as Expo Manufactura allows us to assist small and medium size Illinois businesses realize their export potential," said DCCA Director Pam McDonough.

The success of Expo Manufactura coincides with the Illinois Mexico City Trade Office's 10th year anniversary.

Attached is a list of companies that participated. Photos are also available.

Exhibitors at Expo Manufactura

V-Tip Inc.Mastertask Training DivisionRockfordwww.mastertask.com815-968-5885
TII Technical Education SystemsRockfordwww.tii-tech.com815-966-2525
Redin CorporationRockford815-398-1010
Steelweld Machinery-Midstate Mfg.Galesburgwww.steelwld.com309-342-9555
RACO Industrial Corp.Des Plaineswww.RACO.com847-298-8600
Strurtvant Richmond Div.-Ryson Corp.Franklin Parkwww.srtorque.com847-455-8677
IPM PrecisionBarringtonwww.ipmprecision.com847-304-7900
Slide Craft Inc.Elk Grove 847-718-9250
Perfection Machinery Elk Grovewww.perfectionmachinery.com847-427-3333
Dovatech Ltd.Beecherwww.dovatech.com708-946-2281
RMT TechnologyBellwoodwww.rmt.net708-544-1017
Principle Manufacturing CompanyBroadviewwww.principlemfg.com708-865-7500
Dreisilker Electric Motors Inc.Glen Ellynwww.dreisilker.com630-469-7510
EDM Network Inc.St.Charleswww.edmnetwork.com630-443-8855
Machine Control Specialists Inc.Rosellewww.mesine.net630-980-3209
Toshiba Tungaloy AmericaItascawww.tungaloy.com630-285-9500
MeteorWood Dalewww.meteorus.com630-238-0066
Dudek & Bock Spring ManufacturingChicagowww.dudek-bock.com773-379-4100

Firms Represented by the Illinois Trade Office by Proxy

Eagle AutomationSterlingwww.eagleauto.com815-625-1858
Honsa Ergonomic TechMoline309-736-0200
DeLeon ThompsonMoline800-862-4418
Red Bud IndustriesRed Budwww.redbudindustries.com618-282-3801
Illinois Lock CompanyWheelingwww.illinoislock.com847-537-1800
Quality Carbide Tool Corp.Elk Grovewww.qctc.com847-437-3800
MacMillin Hydraulic EngineeringSkokiewww.macmhydraulic.com847-676-2910
Kut-WelElk Grovewww.kut-well.com847-593-8400
Electronic Displays InternationalAddisonwww.electronicdisplays.com630-285-9738
Continental Cutoff MachineAddison630-543-7170
Saf-T-Lok InternationalLombardwww.saftlok.com630-495-2001
Everede Tool CompanyChicago773-467-4200
Mead Fluid DynamicsChicago www.meadfluiddynamics.com773-685-6800
Scully JonesChicagowww.scullyjones.com773-247-5900



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