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Senator tours Plainfield manufacturing facility

11/13/2017, 11:29 a.m.
State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant visited SPEC Engineering in Plainfield recently to learn more about local manufacturing.
State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant visited SPEC Engineering in Plainfield recently to learn more about local manufacturing. Submitted photo

SPEC Engineering, a process engineering and systems provider in the food and specialty chemical industry, hosted a visit for State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant from the 49th Senate District in November.

The visit was coordinated through the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), an organization that provides companies in Illinois with the tools and techniques to create a sustainable, competitive future. In the past, IMEC has worked with SPEC to assist with training programs for employees and improving efficiencies.

During the past 5 years, SPEC has grown from just five employees to twenty-two, along with a $3 million in revenue growth during that same time frame.

As a large integrator of manufacturing components, SPEC customers include a vast majority of vendors and manufacturers within the 49th District.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant learned about some of the challenges facing small manufacturers in the state including finding good talent, training current employees, undesirable payment terms from large customers, and managing workloads.

The visit included a tour of SPEC’s engineering department and the 8,000 square foot assembly center which includes the “Dust Rescuer”, a new dust collection product that adds to the SPEC product line, an original fondant cooling wheel, and a used boiler that was retrofitted for a customer’s new facility.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant also spent time in the shop discussing ideas about getting students interested and excited about careers in manufacturing.

To learn more about SPEC, please visit SPEC’s website at www.spec.engineering.