Rauner's manufacturing tour stops at woman-owned Cicero plant
The United Scrap Metal facility in Cicero got a nice surprise recently went Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped in as part of his "Built in Illinois" tour, according to a press release.
“Marsha Serlin’s business story is inspiring,” Rauner said in the release. “Started with just $200 and a rental truck in 1978, Marsha has built United Scrap Metal into a firm that employs 300 people. Seeing her operation, it is easy to see why she is called the ‘scrappiest entrepreneur’ in the industry.”
United, which processes and purchases recycled materials and presents them to market, is one of the largest women-owned businesses in the state, with approximately 2,500 clients across the country.
“We want to see Marsha’s story repeated over and over again,” Rauner said. “That’s why my administration is trying so hard to get government out of the way of growth businesses.
Rauner decried burdensome regulations in Illinois that he says makes it difficult for manufacturers to profit and hire to create jobs in the state.
“We need to create a climate that helps Illinois companies compete successfully so they can start up and grow and hire people,” Rauner said in the release. “Cutting red tape and burdensome regulation is one way government can help fuel the engine of prosperity.”
Manufacturing represents a major chunk of the Illinois economy. More than 90 percent of Illinois' exports are manufactured goods.