NEWSLETTER                                                      May 2018
Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL.  60638

BPCIA Board News

The BPCIA Board would like to congratulate Cheryl Laska on her retirement from Independence Tube.  We also want to thank her for sitting on the board for nine years, and most recently serving as our President.  We wish her a happy retirement with her family!

At the Annual Meeting in April, Robert Mead, from Ingredion, became the new BPCIA President.  He has served on our board for five years. Rob is eager to work with the board to continue our mission to serve our business members. 

Tammy Knor is our newest board member from the Midway Hotel Center, Weglarz Hotel Collection.  Tammy is the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Weglarz Collection of Hotels on the Midway Hotel Center Campus.  She has worked in the hospitality industry for 25+ year, and held a variety of positions including Operations and Human Resources prior to moving into Sales. Tammy was the opening Director of Sales for the Residence Inn and Holiday Inn Midway Hotels in 2008, and returned to the campus to oversee the sales efforts for both of these hotels, in addition to the Hyatt Place Midway last summer.  Tammy was born and raised on the southwest side, and is a Mother McAuley Alum. (so is her daughter Devin).
3rd Annual Small Business Clinic / Expo
May 17th 

Annual Meeting & Election of Officers

Front row from left to right: Donna Smith, BPCIA Executive Director; Pamela Coan, Immediate Past President (GRM Information Management Service); Tammy Knor, Director (Midway Hotel Center - Weglarz Collection); Will Hansen, 2nd Vice President (Nexus Distribution). 
Back row: Tim Coffey, Director (Belt Railway of Chicago); Mary Koutek, 1st Vice President (Nalco Company); Rob Mead, President (Ingredion); Khaalis Rahman, Treasurer (ACH Foods) & John Malnar, Secretary (Lapham-Hickey Steel).   Not pictured: John Calmeyn, Director (John J. Moroney Company).

Mayor Brady gave a "State of the Village" PowerPoint presentation.  Below are some highlights he discussed:  

2017 Completed Projects:
Residential Homes
Fire House #1 upgrades
Final plans Central Ave Pump Station
Sewer cleaning and televising
New sidewalk west side of Melvina from 65th St. to Nalco gate
New sidewalk on west side of Menard from 65th St. to 66th St.
Resurfacing Narragansett from 65th St. to 66th St.

2018 Planned Projects:
Completion of Central Ave. Pump Station
Sewer Cleaning and Televising
New sidewalk on State Road
New sidewalk on Archer Road from Village Hall to Fire Station 1
Replace sidewalk north side of 73rd St. from Massasoit to Sayre
Resurface and widen Sayre from 65th St. to 68th St.
Preliminary design bike path
New turning lane 71st and Sayre
71st and Harlem improvements
Development 5401 and IKO sites
Improvement to sprinkler system
Residential Homes
Grants - Intermodal / Ride Sharing

Convention Center
5401/Hotel Development
Traffic-State Testing Facility

The Village of Bedford...
We will do what we can to help you!
We greatly appreciate your business!
Thank You!!!
Midway Modernization Program
Unlimited Free Wi-Fi

O'Hare and Midway international airports will now be providing free unlimited Wi-Fi making long layovers a little more bearable. The Chicago Department of Aviation says the airports previously provided free Wi-Fi with a 30-minute limit. Passengers will now have access to unlimited Wi-Fi - plus streaming capabilities - with rolling ads every 45 minutes.

Users can also opt for faster speeds by purchasing a one-day or a monthly subscription.
The switch to unlimited Wi-Fi is part of larger efforts to modernize the Chicago airports. Airport officials say they are working on two more modernization programs concerning technology and security.

O'Hare and Midway airports serve more than 100 million passengers each year and generate $45 billion for the area's economy annually.

CTA Business Opportunity

Construction opportunities for certified DBE firms on CTA Red Purple Modernization project, (i.e. demolition, electrical, track, trucking, elevators, curb & gutter, and more, please see  Not yet DBE certified?
Is your construction business minority or woman owned, with expertise in construction? Please call Sandi for DBE certification assistance, (312) 617 7724.

Upcoming Events:  
May 17 - Small Business Clinic / Expo at Oak Lawn Pavilion

June 14 - Golf Outing

July 17 - Quarterly Luncheon 
August 2 - Golf Outing 


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

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