Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Receives Manufacturing Award

Apr 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) received the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at the Lyondellbasell Tuscola Plant last week. The award honors Members of Congress who demonstrate support for policies that enhance the ability of U.S. manufacturers to succeed in the global economy.

“America is still a manufacturing powerhouse,” said Shimkus. “In the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of manufacturing facilities in my district including the FreightCar America factory in Danville, the North American Lighting plant in Paris, and just last week I received this award at the LyondellBasell facility in Tuscola. The workers and management at every facility I’ve toured are proud of what they make and I’m honored to fight for them on Capitol Hill.”

“Manufacturing in Illinois and across the country is making a comeback,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Manufacturers are growing the economy and creating high-paying jobs in a sector that adds $1.32 to the economy for every $1 spent. Representative Shimkus understands that leaders in Washington must advance policies that will continue to fuel this economic growth and has consistently supported manufacturers through his votes in Congress.”         

A list of key votes in the 113th Congress considered for the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award can be found here. The list include votes to repeal Obamacare (H.R. 45), the WOTUS Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), and the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4457).


Left to Right: Tony Hobbs, Plant Manager at DTE Tuscola LLC; Ben Hoff, LyondellBasell Tuscola Operations Manager; Palmer Giddings, LyondellBasell Director of North American Propylene Oxide and Derivatives; Todd Wellbaum, LyondellBasell Tuscola Maintenance Manager; Sam Smolik, LyondellBasell Senior Vice President Americas Manufacturing and Refining Operations; Rep. John Shimkus; Mike Thomas, LyondellBasell Tuscola Operator; Dustin Olson, LyondellBasell Tuscola Site Manager; Danniger Smith, LyondellBasell Tuscola HSEQT Manager; Joel Heilman, LyondellBasell Federal Government Affairs Manager; Kristie Mechling, LyondellBasell Senior Accounting Manager.