Senator Dick Durbin, Chicago-Area Industry and Labor Leaders Tour Chicago Pipefitters Local 597 Training Facility


United States Senator Dick Durbin (IL) and leaders from Illinois’ biopharmaceutical industry, labor unions, and state legislature joined together at the Chicago Pipefitters Local 597 Training Center in Mokena to discuss ways to advance the goals of job creation, worker training and medical innovation in Illinois. The event showcased the facility’s top-flight clean room and highlighted how the biopharmaceutical industry and labor work together in Illinois to build new facilities, stimulate job growth, encourage innovation, support the local economy and create new, life-saving cures.

Click here to view PILMA’s recap of Senator Durbin’s tour.


“The pharmaceutical industry can tell us, ‘this is what’s coming next, this is the technology change, this is what you have to teach your apprentices,’”

– Tom Villanova, Chicago Building Trades President