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Anywhere you go in America, you are never far from railroad tracks. Someone has to maintain all of those tracks. And someone has to build the machines to do it. That’s why the owners of a Rockford company want Congress to know railway maintenance is a five-billion dollar industry that deserves support. Steve Benck's company Rail Construction Equipment modifies conventional construction equipment into multi-purpose tools that ride the rails: they do everything from clearing brush to laying new...

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A company with a long Rockford history has been sold. The Rockford Register Star reports cabinet hardware manufacturer Amerock was one of the brands recently sold off by Atlanta-based Newell-Rubbermaid to London-based Nova Capital.

An Indiana auto parts maker is planning to consolidate its North American manufacturing operations in Rockford by early 2013.

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A host of public officials and hundreds of invited guests came to Rochelle Thursday to mark the grand opening of Japanese company Nippon Sharyos new rail car manufacturing facility there.

Two Illinois Congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle are working together to promote legislation aimed at strengthening American manufacturing. U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-3 , originated The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-11 , signed on as co-sponsor. Kinzinger says the act, which was approved by the U.S. House earlier this month, will promote the success of American manufacturing. The act would establish the American Competitiveness...