SUGAR GROVE – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner visited Falex Corp. on Thursday as part of his campaign to understand Illinois businesses.
Falex Corp. CEO Andrew Faville gave Rauner and state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-South Elgin, a tour of the facility. Falex Corp. manufactures petroleum and tribology testing equipment. According to the Falex website, tribology is a “study that deals with the design, friction, wear, and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion.”
On-site managers and laborers met briefly with Rauner as Faville explained some of the processes and products Falex produces to the Republican nominee.
Rauner highlighted the importance of traveling around the state and said touring businesses and speaking with employees and owners gives insight into the political landscape and helps shape future policy.
He also pointed to workers compensation and multiple state taxes as the main roadblocks preventing Illinois businesses from being competitive and growing. Rauner said Illinois charges its businesses fees and excises that other states do not.
“Workers compensation in Illinois is extremely expensive, and it makes Illinois businesses not competitive,” Rauner said. “We need to reduce the tax and regulatory burden on businesses."
Rauner is challenging incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the gubernatorial election scheduled for November.