LaSalle, IL – Manufacturing provides more than half-a-million jobs in Illinois. For many manufacturers, the challenge is finding people with the right skill set to fill open positions. Developing needed talent through training and educational opportunities was the focus of a recent visit to LaSalle by State Representative Lance Yednock.
Rep. Yednock accompanied Randy Prince of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) on a visit to the Carus manufacturing facility in LaSalle. Prince presented Carus with a grant, made possible through Illinois’ Employer Training Investment Program, to support the company’s growing list of employee training opportunities. The grant supported, in part, technical training, as well as leadership development for high-potential employees, which was provided through Illinois Valley Community College.
“The Employer Training Investment Program grant highlights an employer’s investment in building a better workforce,” said Yednock. “I want to continue helping the businesses who invest in Illinois, and that means passing policies that help local employers hire more people to build a stronger Illinois and middle class.”
“All manufacturers have an important role to play in building our talent pipeline. At Carus, it begins with introducing middle and high school students to careers in chemistry and manufacturing, and it extends through our internship, apprenticeship, and employee development programs,” said Dave Kuzy, Carus President and CEO. “Having the support of our local lawmakers makes a big difference. We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with IMA to put this grant to good use.”
Headquartered in Peru, with its largest manufacturing facility in LaSalle, Carus provides environmental solutions for water treatment, air purification, and soil remediation.
Founded in LaSalle in 1915, Carus is a member of the American Chemistry Council and actively participates in the industry’s award-winning Responsible Care® initiative, sharing a common commitment to improve environmental, health, safety, and security performance.
VP of Human Resources, Yulia Austin; IMA Membership Representative, Randy Prince; State Representative Lance Yednock; and Plant Manager, John Stewart, tour Carus' LaSalle facility.