The rubber industry is growing in Illinois, which is reflected by recent data. Illinois' workforce increased by 6,833 between November 2011 and November 2012, thanks in part to the state's rapidly expanding rubber segment. 

Currently, Illinois' manufacturers employ nearly 107,000 staff members, and this figure could increase in the near future. Tom Dubin, President of Manufacturers' News, noted that Illinois is an appealing choice for many firms that are looking to invest in rubber and manufacturing services. New industrial facilities are opening across the state, and these work sites could host professionals who offer essential support to help the state's economy improve. 

"The state's central location, easy access to shipping and transportation, and large, highly skilled workforce continue to make Illinois a major player in the manufacturing sector," Dubin said. 

Plastics & Rubber Weekly points out that the engineering sector could create more job opportunities for rubber segment professionals. In the 2011-2012 academic year, 520,600 people began apprenticeships, and rubber industry employers could offer training programs to teach staff members valuable skills. Meanwhile, these professionals could quickly become valuable contributors and provide significant support to help their employers further bolster their work teams. 

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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