Chicago Regional Meeting Recap

ChicagoRegionalThis year’s third and final NFPA Regional Meeting took place over lunch at the Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College in Palatine, IL on December 8.  As always, the event was free and open to members and non-members.  The attendees represented the entire fluid power supply chain. In addition to the casual networking, chance to speak with members of NFPA staff, and business updates shared by those in attendance, the event provided useful workforce information from two knowledgeable speakers. Sylvia Wetzel, Chief Learning Officer at Bison Gear & Engineering, and Dr. Maria H. Coons, Vice President of Workforce and Strategic Alliances at Harper College, addressed ways the industry could use partnerships with educators and associations to attract and retain qualified employees going into the future. The day ended with an exciting tour of the Harper College Mechatronics Lab, led by Art Peters.

The theme of this Regional Meeting aligned with NFPA’s efforts to build a strong workforce. To make the goal easier to reach, NFPA created the Education Roadmap and Roadmap to Building a Strong Workforce, both of which outline ways companies can contribute to fluid power education and find skilled workers.

For more information about NFPA Regional Meetings, contact Leslie Miller, Membership Manager, at or (414) 778-3369.

For further information on the workforce roadmaps, contact Lynn Beyer, Workforce Program Manager, at or (414) 778-3364.

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