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Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Welcomes New Board Chairwoman

President of Chicago-based Cedar Concepts Corp., Linda McGill-Boasmond is dedicated to fostering interest in manufacturing by women and youth

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) is proud to welcome Linda McGill-Boasmond as chairwoman of the IMA Board of Directors, an industry pioneer who is the first and only African American woman to own and operate chemical manufacturing plants in the United States.

Linda McGill-Boasmond, Cedar Concepts

McGill-Boasmond is president of Chicago-based Cedar Concepts Corp., which produces surfactants, lubricants and chemical intermediates used in the personal care, household product, metalworking, agricultural and aerospace industries. McGill-Boasmond entered the manufacturing industry after graduating from DePaul University with a degree in chemistry and is passionate about fostering interest in manufacturing by women and youth, including supporting programs that help girls develop skills to succeed in careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

“I’m honored to take on this role and hope to demonstrate my unwavering commitment, passion and advocacy for manufacturing in Illinois,” said McGill-Boasmond. “Manufacturing is a dynamic industry that offers so many wonderful career opportunities, including in information technology and sustainability.”

Taking on officer roles for the IMA Board of Directors is Greg Webb, who will serve as Vice Chair and Renee Togher, who will serve as Treasurer. Webb is vice president, state government relations, for Archer Daniels Midland Company, based in Chicago with significant operations in Decatur and across Illinois. Togher is president of Azteca Foods, Inc., a family owned business and leading manufacturer of tortilla products headquartered in Chicago.

New to the board is Carrie Mouritsen, divisional vice president of strategic operations for Abbott Nutrition, where she leads global engineering, third party manufacturing and network strategy teams. She is based in Lake County.

“The IMA is lucky to be able to rely on the guidance and expertise of these amazing industry leaders as we continue our work to ensure manufacturers across Illinois have the tools they need to grow and thrive,” said Mark Denzler, president & CEO of the IMA. “We look forward to harnessing their energy and passion.”

About the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA)
The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is the only statewide association dedicated exclusively to advocating, promoting and strengthening the manufacturing sector in Illinois. The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing trade association in the United States, representing nearly 4,000 companies and facilities.