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Skilled Workforce Initiative profiled by Medill Reports: Chicago

Bison Gear's Skilled Workforce Initiative profiled by Medill Reports: Chicago

St. Charles, IL - May 29, 2008 -

Gearmotor manufacturer Ron Bullock's "efforts to expand and better educate his workforce, even one worker at a time, might come as a surprise given the prevailing public image of U.S. manufacturing as a struggling, outdated industry," according to a report today by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism news service.


In his Medill Reports story on how "Manufacturers confront a human-capital crisis" Liam Martin noted that, "In early 2007 Ronald Bullock, chairman and CEO of Bison Gear and Engineering Corp., realized he needed to invest more heavily in a unique aspect of the company's financial statement - its human balance sheet."


According to Martin, "as the Bison case highlights, growth in the industry's new technologies has outpaced its ability to meet the corresponding demand for workers capable of operating them."


The complete Medill Report highlighting Bison's initiative can be found at


Bison Gear's Skilled Workforce Initiative has been endorsed by many educational organizations and community development leaders and CBS Evening News did a feature about Bison called "Hard Times, Good Jobs" discussing the challenges that Bison and other Manufacturing organizations have relating to the shortage of finding qualified labor and the solution being implemented with the College of DuPage.


About Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.

Founded in 1960, Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. designs and manufactures fractional horsepower electric motors, gearmotors and gear reducers used in industrial and commercial OEM applications worldwide. Bison's strong engineering tradition and designs, based on Robusticity (TM) principles, offer products with up to twice as much torque in the same package size as competitors. Bison employees over 220 associates in its St. Charles, Illinois facility which produces gearmotors and reducers in parallel shaft and right angle configurations, as well as AC and DC motors, for applications where dependability and long lifetimes are important.