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Gloria Nino
Gloria Nino

Heartland promotes Nino to retail manager

Heartland Bank and Trust Company proudly announces that Gloria Nino has been promoted to retail manager in Elwood.

Nino is located at the bank’s 430 E. Mississippi Ave. office. She is responsible for ensuring value and top-of-the-line service to bank customers and overseeing retail employee development and training.

Nino has over 20 years banking experience, and most recently served as Retail Supervisor for the bank. During her career at Heartland Bank she also held positions as Teller Supervisor and Retail Lead.

She lives in Garfield Ridge with her husband Antonio and children. She graduated from Northwestern College, is bilingual and a Notary Public. Nino enjoys volunteering at community events in the area and spending time with her family.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company is an independently owned community bank with assets of $3 billion. Headquartered in Bloomington, IL, the bank has offices in communities throughout Illinois. The bank offers a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers. More information is available on the bank’s website at

Laser Poducts celebrates two milestones

Laser Products Industries (LPI) recently announced that the company has reached two important corporate milestones with global sales of its digital measuring systems topping 5,000 lasers and simultaneously reaching a record 3,000 customers. 

“Laser Products is thrilled at its rate of expansion,” said Rich Katzmann, president. “In the past two years we have increased our sales team by 33%, introduced a new, more powerful, more precise laser system and launched our digital solutions into the wood and glass industries. In 2018, we will be aggressively expanding our core business by launching new products and services. Watch for more exciting announcements over the coming months.”

For over two decades, Laser Products has developed and manufactured solutions for the countertop and cabinet industries where it is the workhorse of 80% of the digital fabricators and has won more prestigious awards than any other system in the market. Last month, CEO Dan Louis was inducted into the Kitchen and Bath Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the industry. 

Founded in 1994, Laser Products manufactures laser measuring equipment for the counter top, cabinet, and construction industries. They have sold over 5,000 lasers to more than 3,000 companies in over 35 countries and are used by both the world’s leading automated fabricators as well as smaller, manual shops. Laser Products was recognized by Inc. Magazine as a 2017 Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America" and the #3 fastest growing private manufacturer in Illinois.

Midwest Association of Rail Shippers elects 2018 officers

The Midwest Association of Rail Shippers (MARS) elected its 2018 slate of officers at the annual winter meeting earlier in January.

The 2018 MARS officers are: 
• President: Harry Zander, Trinity Rail, Chicago
• First Vice President: Tom Surma, Ingredion, Westchester
• Second Vice President: Stefan Loeb, Watco Companies, Downers Grove

Romeoville receives fourth consecutive award for excellence in financial reporting

The Village of Romeoville is once again the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the 4th consecutive year. This speaks to our commitment to providing financials that meet the highest standards of communication and accountability to the public,” said Mayor John Noak.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The Romeoville annual report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to fully communicate its financial story.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 19,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the only national awards program in governmental financial reporting.

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