Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Supplier Symposium

Congressman Adam Kinzinger Invites You To Attend Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ May 12 Supplier Symposium

 Hosted by Congressman Adam Kinzinger, U.S. House of Representatives 16th Congressional District of Illinois

You are invited to participate in this upcoming symposium to learn about  the potential to become a supplier and/or partner. 

 On behalf of Congressman Adam Kinzinger with partners Growth Dimensions and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council.

FCA Supplier Symposium │ Friday, May 12, 2017

7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center

610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford IL

 This event is an opportunity for regional businesses to review a targeted invitation for suppliers and partners who fit into the supply chain areas of interests of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and five FCA tier-one local suppliers; Dearborn Mid-West Company, Magna Exteriors, Piston Group, Yanfeng, and Brose.



7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Check-In and Continental Breakfast 

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Remarks by Congressman Adam Kinzinger

 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Presentation by FCA and Individual Presentations by FCA Tier-One Suppliers

 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Individual 10-minute Matchmaking Meetings with FCA and Tier-One Representatives

 Those organizations interested in participating in the matchmaking portion of this supplier symposium will be pre-screened and must be affiliated with one of the services, products or identified areas of interest below: 

 Autonomy (ADAS), Infotainment, Features, Light weighting, general services, facilities, IT, Transportation, Fasteners, Facilities/Contractors, Assembly Equipment Integrators, value-add assembly, logistics providers, metal fabricators, NMA (National Maintenance Agreement) signatory contractors: (Electrical, Piping, Concrete, Fire protection, Sheet metal, Electrical controls and programming, Steel Fabrication shops, and Structural steel providers), Engineering design and detailing, Sprockets, bearings, fasteners, and other power transmission components, Equipment calibration (e.g. gauge calibration), Local colleges or business that offer lean, 5S, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Six Sigma, etc., IT supplies (MRO), Stanley brand torque gun service, Cognex camera support and training, Fanuc robot training, PLC support (possible automotive integrator), Staffing agency for hourly temporary employees, Indirect Services (such as cleaning, facilities maintenance, sorting and containment, local utilities support, other services specific), Direct Material injection molding shops, paint, tooling shops / support.


Registration Requests are required by May 2 

To apply for participation in this symposium, please send:

  • Organizational name and web address, and contact name
  • applicable qualifies service(s) from list above, contact email address
  • phone number to lhillis@rockfordil.com

For questions, please contact: 

Growth Dimensions at 815.547.4252 or Rockford Area Economic Development Council at 815.987.8118


 In regard to manufacturing, Congressman Kinzinger states on his website:  

“Preserving our status as the world’s leading manufacturing economy is vital to maintaining a thriving middle class, a bright economic future, and our nation’s spirit of invention and innovation. As emerging economies create a more competitive global economy, the United States needs a renewed focus on preparing for a new manufacturing renaissance and a national manufacturing strategy that can get us there.”



Established in 1979, Growth Dimensions provides a progressive and cooperative environment which improves the quality of life by fostering economic opportunity and personal growth. With economic development partners throughout Belvidere-Boone County, Growth Dimensions is advancing a coordinated economic development strategy to create jobs, promote community assets and stimulate capital investment through business retention and attraction efforts.


The primary role of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) is to collaboratively enhance wealth creation in the Rockford Region by helping employers retain and create quality jobs. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to learn what existing and new employers need to grow, and to serve as a one-stop resource for clients. The RAEDC seeks to improve the competitiveness of the region by taking what it learns from the region’s employers, and engaging the community in the daily work of economic development.






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.




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