Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief, (far right) poses for photo with the team from Panduit after presenting the award.

Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief, (far right) and Reggie Greenwood, CSEDC (center) poses for photo with the team from Panduit after presenting the award.

Filling in for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, on June 22, Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief for the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, presented the Big Shoes Award to Panduit. The Big Shoes Award, spearheaded by the the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation (CSEDC),  is designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs in the Chicago Southland for their efforts and example as community leaders. The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) have a long and successful collaborative partnership with the CSEDC, as well as the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), which was also part of the event. They help us identify problems as well as propose and implement solutions to spur economic growth.
 
Panduit was started in 1955 in the Chicago Southland, and grew into a major international high tech manufacturing company. Today, they employ over 5,000 people in 112 companies. Their international corporate headquarters remains in Tinley Park. The scope of their work expands from small to large companies, offering everything from data solutions, to building enterprise infrastructures, and growing an international global supply chain. Panduit is also playing a key role in building its long term workforce supply chain by contributions to the Southworks Engineering and Robotics Olympics. President Preckwinkle handed out the awards at the Robotics Olympics last April and really enjoyed sharing the time with students, their families and mentors, and talking with the corporate sponsors.
 
Like the other Big Shoes ward winners, Mi-Jack Products and Sterling, this award recognizes innovate and successful companies in the Southland and helps our region become aware of the strength of manufacturing.   For more information on Panduit, go to their website: http://www.panduit.com/en/home
Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief (left), addresses the event before presenting the "Big Shoes" award.

Michael Jasso, Bureau Chief (left), addresses the event before presenting the "Big Shoes" award.