The section had its origins in the late 70’s. Given that there were numerous steel mills, earth moving equipment manufacturers and other large and mid-size corporations based in the southern suburbs of Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, a group of quality professionals banded together and petitioned ASQC (now known as the ASQ) for the creation of a section representing this geographic area. Once the necessary documentation and by-laws were ratified, a new section – Illiana Section 1213 of ASQC – was created to serve those members located in the area basically southwest, south and east of the Chicago Section. The first chairperson of the section was Robert Beynon, who presided over the section for 1983-1984 (fiscal year July 1 through June30).
A lot has happened in those nearly 40 years but one thing remains constant - trying our best to provide value to our members. The leadership of the section hopes that we can again meet in person sometime in 2021. Until that time, the Illiana Section will provide virtual meetings/webinars.