NEWSLETTER                                               January  2019
Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL.  60638
President's Message

Happy New Year to all!  I hope everyone had enjoyable holidays while spending time with friends and family. It is hard to believe it is 2019! While 2019 marks a new year with different elected officials, it also starts off with new laws enacted by our legislature, with a total of 253 in all. Some key new laws are as follows:
*Children under the age of 2 will be required to be in a rear facing car seat. However, there are weight and height exemptions.

*There will be a 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases. This closes the gun show loophole for purchases made by a non-resident.
*School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year.
*Nursing mothers will be exempt from jury duty.
*Background checks will be required for every ride operator at carnivals and amusement attractions.
*Family members or police can ask a judge to temporarily remove guns from anyone who they think is a threat to themselves or others
*If you are required to use your personal phone or computer for work, your boss must have a reimbursement policy.
*Police can take temporary custody of dogs or cats exposed to weather conditions likely to result in injury or death.
*Stalking laws expanded to include messages on social media.
*Hunters may wear blaze pink as well as blaze orange during hunting firearm deer season
A complete list can be found by typing the following in your web browser:

BPCIA Board of Directors encourages all members to participate in the various events throughout the year. These engagement opportunities afford members the ability to connect with other businesses in the community. If you have any questions about becoming a BPCIA member please contact Donna Smith at (708) 496-0336.

Have a healthy and prosperous new year!
Rob Mead
Is Transportation a Problem for your Employees?
Attend the next Mobility Study Meeting on February 13th
The next Bedford Park Motility Study Resource Group Meeting (#3) will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 12-1pm at Village Hall (6701 S Archer Rd, Bedford Park, IL 60501).

We encourage all Bedford Park businesses to fill out the "Employer" survey:
Link to Bedford Park Mobility Study EMPLOYER Survey:
Are You Taking Advantage of BPCIA Benefits? 

Every year we strive to bring new and interesting events to our membership.  Last year we started a "Lunch & Learn" series with informative business topics.  The sessions are "FREE"!  We invite you to bring your lunch or order a boxed lunch, and join the discussions.  
February 20
How Moraine Valley Community College Helps Your Business Grow
    • Corporate, Community and Continuing Education Mission
    • Business Training - what we can do for you
    • Workforce Development - leveraging grants to help employers and employees
    • Lifelong Learning - Something for everyone.


The Lunch & Learn will be held at the 
Bedford Park Library  7816 W. 65th Place
Lower Level Auditorium
11:45 Registration  ~  12:00 Seminar Promptly Begins  ~  1:00 Seminar Ends

Call the BPCIA Office at 708-496-0336 or
email to make a reservation. 


Good News for Freight Railroads:

Bedford Park has a long association with freight railroads.   
As the economy has improved, here are some interesting facts:

Did you know??..
  • The number of US/Canadian carloads increased by 42,026  from June 2017 to June 2018 (increase of 3.1%)
  • Carloads of petroleum products alone increased by 19.7% during June 2018
  • Freight car builders are experiencing a large backlog of orders due to economic improvement.. 2nd Q 2018 backlog was 65,161 rail-cars, up from 55,216 cards in 1Q 2018
  • Tank cars accounted for 80% of total orders in 2Q 2018 (vs 65% in 1Q 2018), likely due to shipping more crude by rail

Source:  Railway Age Magazine (Data from the Association of American Railroads)
Upcoming Events:


Lunch & Learn Series

February 13
Mobility Study Meeting #3

February 20
Lunch & Learn
Moraine Valley Community College Helps Your Business Grow

May 16
Small Business Clinic

June 13
Golf Outing

August 1
Golf Outing


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Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street, Bedford Park, IL.  60638

Phone: 708-496-0336   -   Email:   -   Website: