In Illinois, Waving the Flag for Manufacturing.

The new head of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is Janice Christiansen, president of J.C. Schultz, The Flag Source in Batavia. She is the first woman to be elected chairman of the 116-year-old organization. From IMA:

“The election of Janice Christiansen to the chairmanship reflects the growing number of women who have ascended to head manufacturing companies across the U.S., ” said Greg Baise, IMA president and CEO. “Janice is a testament to the tenacious battles women have fought to not only smash the glass ceiling that had prevented them from entering the top echelons of business, but to lead companies of all sizes and in all sectors with distinction.”

Christiansen is the only woman president of a full line flag and banner manufacturing company in the U.S. Born in Springfield, Illinois, she grew up in Chicago. She graduated from Michigan State University and attended DePaul Law School while working in the notes receivable department of Walter E. Heller Commercial Finance. After joining J.C. Schultz, The Flag Source in 1975, she worked in various leadership capacities following the untimely death of her husband in 1985 becoming company President in 1990, a title she has held for two decades. J.C. Schultz, The Flag Source employs 70 workers….

“Manufacturers in Illinois are facing truly challenging times,” says Christiansen. “From an economy that threatens the very existence of many manufacturers to a state legislature that continues to spend money it doesn’t have and a federal government bent on treating American businesses as an endless source of money. It’s clear our work is cut out for us.

She succeeds Ron Bullock of Bison Gear and Engineering in St. Charles. Thanks, Ron, and congratulations, Janice.

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