Ford executive to address Calumet Area Industrial Commission

Rich Burnett, left, of Chicago Magnesium, Ryan Hill, center, of Atlas Tube and Mike Marchi of Calumet Lubricants along with others draw a risk map outlining possible dangers in their workplace during a Calumet Area Industrial Commission Safety and Health Forum at ArcelorMittal Riverdale in 2012. The CAIC will host a Ford executive at its 50th annual luncheon.

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A Ford executive will deliver a keynote address at the Calumet Area Industrial Commission's 50th annual luncheon next week.

John F. Kwant, Ford Smart Mobility vice president of City Solutions, will discuss the the future of transportation and how innovations in technology will change cities throughout the world at the CAIC's “50 Years: A Half Century & Going Strong” luncheon in Beverly next Friday. His division of the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker, which is working on self-driving cars, electric vehicles and other innovations, works with cities on urban planning and infrastructure issues they will face in the future.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Beverly Country Club, 8700 South Western Ave. on Chicago's far South Side.

The CAIC, which represents 150 companies on the South Side, in the south suburbs and in Northwest Indiana, also will celebrate a half century since its founding in 1967.

"The CAIC was founded by a small group of manufacturers located in Chicago’s Pullman and Roseland communities," said Ted Stalnos, president of CAIC. "Over the past 50 years the organization has grown and continues to grow as we assist in helping manufacturers to develop new plants or expand existing plants within the area."

The group, which includes members like ArcelorMittal, BP, CSX, Indiana Harbor Belt and Hasse Construction, seeks to promote more industrial development in the bi-state Calumet Region.

For more information or to reserve seats, visit www.calumetareaindustrial.com or call 773-928-6000.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.