February 2012

New members

We are especially pleased that these companies recognize the value of belonging to TRMA, especially in tough economic times:

Baish Excavating Inc.

Cat-Spec

SET Environmental, Inc.

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Meeting Calendar
Environmental Division
Feb 23
Water Quality Issues Update; noon to 1:30 pm; $33
Government Affairs Division
Mar 15
Legislative Update--Sue Rezin; noon to 1:30 pm
Maintenance Division
Feb 14 Excavation Competent Person Training
7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $225
Mar 8 Scaffold Competent Person Training
7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $225
Safety Division
Feb 7 First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
Feb 7
Facility Security Officier Training; 7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $800
Feb 14
Improving Contractor Safety; noon to 2:30 pm; $33
Mar 1
Fall Protection Competent Person Training;
7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $225
Mar 8
First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
Mar 20
Confined Space Entry Training;
7:15 am to 4:00 pm; $225
Human Resources Division
Feb 21
Employmemt Outlook; noon to 2:30 pm; $33
Mar 15
Employment Law Update; noon to 2:00 pm; $33
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Fire Watch with Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training and Confined Space Entry Watch Training

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Mar 1
Mar 27

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SEN. WILHELMI OPEN TO ROAD DISTRICT SUGGESTIONS

Illinois State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi (D-43rd-Joliet) assured TRMA members and municipal officials that nothing is etched in stone with respect to a proposal to finance maintenance and construction of roads to accommodate intermodal truck traffic. "I don't want to move forward with a half-baked idea—we have too much invested in this," said Wilhelmi, speaking at a TRMA luncheon at Three Rivers Safety Center on January 17, 2012.

The proposal, which Wilhelmi emphasized is only a draft, would create the Illinois Transportation District Authority to assume jurisdiction of roads serving the intermodal centers in Elwood and Joliet. The authority would levy fees on truckers to pay for road maintenance and construction within legislatively established boundaries.

Acknowledging that he's received pushback on the fee concept, Wilhelmi stressed that he's open to other ideas, such as an intergovernmental agreement between the four entities that currently have jurisdiction over the roads: Will County, Elwood, Joliet and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Whatever the solution, Wilhelmi said no one disagrees about the need for a long term strategy to maintain roads that are pounded by thousands of semi trucks every year.

Wilhelmi also acknowledged the need to be sensitive to industries that were in existence long before the intermodal centers. "I'm listening to all concerns and won't move forward until it makes sense from a business perspective," he said.

Despite the challenges, Wilhelmi said the intermodal centers are a huge economic boon for Will County, noting that the county will become the third largest container port in the nation within five years. "We are the envy of a number of my Senate colleagues—they're dying on the vine (economically) in southern Illinois and they want to know how we did this," he said.

The State of Illinois retained consultants to study how other areas of the nation are responding to similar challenges and Wilhelmi expects the study's conclusions to be released by the end of January, coinciding with the start of the 2012 legislative session. But even if legislation to create the road district is filed this spring, Wilhelmi said it may take two years to move it to passage stage. "Once this thing is filed—if it's filed—that's when the real dialogue begins."

Since this meeting, Senator Wilhelmi announced that he will be stepping down in March to take a job in the private sector.

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THREE RIVERS SAFETY AWARDS PROGRAM

Three Rivers Manufacturers' Association (TRMA) established an awards program to recognize the safety performance of contractor companies working at member company sites. We would like to thank everyone who has participated in our awards programs in the past and invite you to submit your application for the 2011 Safety Awards. These awards will be presented at the 2012 Annual TRMA Dinner meeting on Thursday, March 29th at the Holiday Inn in Joliet.

Click here for more information.

 

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WHAT IS TREP?

TREP or its official name, Three Rivers Education Partnership, is the non-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, created by TRMA with their members' local school districts to address the business community's workforce issues and provide assistance to schools in Will and Grundy communities--to Bridge Between Business and Education.

TREP values TRMA's support. Moreover, its programs and goals rely upon the participation of both business and education professionals. Are you a TREP member? Our partnership fees are how we continue to work with over 30 schools and build partnerships between the business and educational communities to develop a quality future workforce. TREP needs you to get involved—to help shape the next generation of workers. Through your involvement, you will also be making a positive impact on the communities that you live and work.

Started in 1989, TREP over the years has been involved with schools and businesses in a variety of ways. However survival in the current economy requires nonprofits to be strategically focused and bring value. Hence the TREP board, comprised of ½ education leaders and ½ business leaders, decided on the core objectives for the organization and ranked each program. Only those programs that clearly align with TREP's core objectives and provide strong value to BOTH stakeholder groups advanced.

What are TREP's Objectives?

  1. Support literacy, math and science programs that engage students, motivate further learning, and develop problem solving skills.
  2. Enhance making student educational experiences relevant:
    • Introduce workplace applications for science, math, and technology to educators
    • Initiate a dialogue between guidance counselors and local businesses
    • Facilitate job shadowing and internships opportunities for students
    • Coordinate speakers and plant/ business tours
    • Facilitate open houses for students, educators, and parents.
  3. Develop and support a framework that fosters stronger relationships between school and business personnel.

Simply put, TREP's primary role is to leverage member resources and coordinate and facilitate activities between local employers and local schools. Creating awareness about career opportunities in applied science occupations will be a high priority.

Interested in joining TREP, contact Laura Price for more information.