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Geneva manufacturer named board chairman of trade group

'Small manufacturers are the salt of this country'

Rich Hoster, co-owner and president of Smith & Richardson Inc., Geneva, was sworn in as the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s new board chairman for 2019.
Rich Hoster, co-owner and president of Smith & Richardson Inc., Geneva, was sworn in as the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s new board chairman for 2019.

GENEVA – Rich Hoster, co-owner and president for nearly 25 years of Smith & Richardson Inc., Geneva, was sworn in as the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s new board chairman at the organization’s annual meeting.

Hoster served on the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s board of directors for several years before being sworn in as president.

“I get much more out of TMA than I put in,” Hoster stated in a profile published March 4 in the trade publication Technology and Manufacturing News Bulletin.

The Technology & Manufacturing Association, which represents about 1,000 manufacturers and over 30,000 manufacturing employees, is a comprehensive resource for midwest manufacturers looking to improve operations, strengthen their workforce and grow their businesses, according to its website, www.tmaillinois.org.

“Small manufacturers are the salt of this country,” Hoster stated in the profile. “Without businesses like ours, planes don’t fly and the nation doesn’t move. … We’ve taken people out of high school and set them on career paths that benefit them and their families. What’s better than that? Without people you’re nothing. Business is nothing.”

Smith & Richardson is a 70,000-square-foot manufacturer of metal spacers used in sand casting located at 727 May St., Geneva.

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