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Growth Dimensions Hires Executive Director

Growth Dimensions hires Pamela Lopez-Fettes as Executive Director

Prior to joining Growth Dimensions, Pamela served as a Business Account Manager for the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance in which she was responsible for working with businesses to develop sector strategies, gap analysis and enhancing the delivery of services.  Pamela’s ability to establish and sustain strategic partnerships with business, education and economic development organizations has been instrumental to the region’s economy.

Pamela has over 30 years’ experience in workforce and training in several regions within Northern Illinois. Pamela has successfully secured grants, donors and in-kind contributions to support community and partnership initiatives. Pamela’s previous accomplishments include a founding member of the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago, securing over $7 million in local and regional funds and developing a non-profit organization into a credible resource for the community.

Pamela graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology after receiving an Associate in Science from the College of DuPage.  In addition to her training in organizational development, she holds EMSI certification which allows her the ability to use labor market data to connect and inform people, education, and business.

For over 13 years, Pamela has resided with her family in Boone County and enjoys contributing to the community.  She has volunteered as a treasurer for the Boy Scouts of America, PTO member at Washington Elementary and is currently a catechist for St. James of Belvidere.

Pamela’s first day will be on Monday, February 13th.

 

 

 

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors announces new facility in Belvidere, Illinois to support FCA US

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors announces new facility in Belvidere, Illinois to support FCA US

BELVIDERE, Ill., Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the world’s largest supplier of automotive interior components, is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Belvidere, Ill., to support FCA US LLC. The new plant, opening in 2017, is expected to bring$28.1 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 400 new jobs.

The company will supply interior cockpit components to the Jeep® Cherokee, which will be built at the FCA US Belvidere assembly plant.

“We are pleased to be a part of the Belvidere community and support FCA in the production of the Jeep Cherokee,” said Nathan Bowen, vice president and general manager, Americas, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. “The opening of this facility further demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers.”

Illinois has the best location and the best people in the country,” Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said. “Yanfeng’s new investment confirms that by choosing Illinois to grow its local supply chain and create 400 new jobs. We are working every day to reform our government and political systems to improve Illinois’ business climate to allow us to grow and create even more jobs. I thank Yanfeng Automotive Interiors for their continued commitment to Illinois.”

Open positions for the new Belvidere facility will be posted at http://www.yfai.com/Pages/Careers/Careers.aspx.

About Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is the world’s leading supplier of instrument panels and cockpit systems, door panels, floor consoles and overhead consoles. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has more than 100 manufacturing and technical centers in 17 countries and employs over 29,000 people globally. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (HASCO), the component group of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor), and Johnson Controls a global multi-industrial company. For more information, please visitwww.YFAI.com.

 

SOURCE Yanfeng Automotive Interior/ http://yfai.mediaroom.com/2016-10-05-Yanfeng-Automotive-Interiors-announces-new-facility-in-Belvidere-Illinois-to-support-FCA-US

For further information: Debra Ortisi, debra.ortisi@yfai.com, (734) 254-5735

Social Media Strategies with Eigerlab

eigerlabInnovation Tuesday Meetup

Join us! Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Where: NIU EIGERlab, NIU-Rockford, 8500 E. State St. Rockford, IL

Questions: phone 815.753.2192 or spritz@eigerlab.org

Why: Join us to glean a plethora of information on social media, marketing and search engine optimization from speakers Ron Giordan, Director of Social Media/Public Relations Strategy, and Tom Galante, Operations Manager of Mid-West Digital Marketing in Madison. They will discuss how digital marketing components need to work together to ensure businesses are found online, products are sold online and branding is seen online.

Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or Pinterest, they have experience and up-to-the-minute knowledge of each of these platforms. Both Ron and Tom believe that social media marketing is just one component of an overall marketing and advertising strategy. Please sign up today–this talk was well-attended at previous Rockford Chamber events.

Register: Meetup.com or RSVP via phone 815.753.2192 or spritz@eigerlab.org

Cost: $10 | Networking 5:30 ­­­- 6 PM; presentation 6 – 7 PM; 7 – 7:30 PM networking | Food and drink provided

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