NEWSLETTER                                                     November  2018
Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL.  60638
President's Message

Fall is in full swing and by the time you read this daylight savings time will be behind us. That extra hour really helps! BPCIA just hosted a quarterly meeting featuring Curtis Witek of the Antero Group and Ryan Ruehle of Pace. The presentations addressed the current mobility study underway in Bedford Park. The mobility study is the first of a kind grant in Cook County. This important study will address how to get people who work in Bedford Park using public transportation over the "last mile" of travel . We encourage business owners to attend the next Mobility Study Resource Group meeting at the Village of Bedford Park on Thursday, November 15 th from 12 pm - 1pm. Registration at 11:45. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Your input can make a difference!

The lunch and learn series is in full swing. On October 17, the Bedford Park Police Department presented on conceal and carry lessons learned, overweight and oversized truck permitting process, and community outreach among other topics. The next Lunch and Learn is on November 7th at the Bedford Park Public Library, lower level. The Belt Railway Company of Chicago will be presenting on Operation Lifesaver Safety. Registration starts at 11:45 with lunch and presentation starting at 12:00.   Please try to join us for this very informative meeting. 
Rob Mead
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OSHA Recognizes Cintas in Chicago with  
Highest Safety Designation
Cintas Corporation announced that its Chicago distribution center has received Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A ceremony honoring this achievement took place on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at Cintas. Special guests included Darnell Crenshaw, Assistant Regional Administrator, OSHA ; Nancy Mugavero, VPP Manager, Region V OSHA ; David Brady, Village President of Bedford Park; and other government officials and Cintas employee-partners.
VPP Star is OSHA's highest recognition for the practice of and commitment to exemplary occupational safety and health. VPP Star certification is earned by businesses that meet rigorous safety requirements and can prove that the elimination of injuries is a key component of a company's culture.
"This certification is validation that all of the partners at our Chicago distribution center has taken ownership of safety," said Glade Parrish, General Manager, Cintas-Location 577. "Our number one priority is making sure every partner goes home, every day, in the same condition they came to work in, and we will continue to strive to improve our safety performance each and every day."
Since 2011, this is the 83rd Cintas location to earn VPP Star recognition. Overall, Cintas has 93 locations that have been recognized under the VPP program. Cintas has become the number one participant in the nation for companies with VPP sites. It has approximately 250 facilities throughout the world actively pursuing VPP recognition by OSHA or the equivalent under a similar certifying body. This includes operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Honduras.
Headquartered in Cincinnati,
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all types and sizes get Ready® to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers' image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®.  

Are You Taking Advantage of BPCIA Benefits? 

Every year we strive to bring new and interesting events to our membership.  This year we are adding a "Lunch & Learn" series with informative business topics.  The sessions are "FREE"!  We invite you to bring your lunch or order a boxed lunch, and join the discussions.   
The Lunch & Learns will be held at the  
Bedford Park Library  7816 W. 65th Place
Lower Level Auditorium
11:45 Registration  ~  12:00 Seminar Promptly Begins  ~  1:00 Seminar Ends

  November 7 - Belt Railway Company of Chicago Operation Lifesaver Safety
  • Overall operations and geographical location of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago.
  • Operation Lifesaver- The 3 E's: Education/Engineering/Enforcement.
  • Crossing safety/awareness of dangers.
January 16 -   Marketing & Attracting New Customers in the Digital Age
           Understand the fundamentals of marketing and how it has evolved throughout the years.
  • Receive a high-level overview of current trends in marketing, as well as some of the pros and cons of digital marketing.
  • Understand the importance of competing online and learn how to establish your company's online presence using a website.
  • Understand the role that search engines play in attracting new customers and how to effectively compete in this growing market.
  • Understand the fundamentals of the most prominent social media platforms, including their demographics and how to best leverage them for business.
  • Obtain tips on how to perfect your company's "Digital Footprint".
February 20 - How Moraine Valley Community College Helps Your Business Grow
  • Corporate, Community and Continuing Education Mission
  • Business Training - what we can do for you
  • Workforce Development - leveraging grants to help employers and employees
  • Lifelong Learning - Something for everyone.

Midway Modernization Program... Construction Update:

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is implementing a nearly $400 million capital improvement program over the next three years at Midway International Airport that will significantly upgrade the travel experience for years to come. The Midway Modernization Program (MMP) is bringing new and expanded concessions, a larger security checkpoint area, and an expanded terminal parking garage.
The CDA is overseeing a phased approach to construction on MMP projects to minimize traffic impacts to the surrounding community and to maintain seamless operations at Midway to keep employees and travelers moving
through the airport.   

Security Checkpoint Expansion
 Several TSA lanes have shifted within the existing checkpoint area to allow work to begin on the widening of the checkpoint.
* This checkpoint configuration will remain until late Spring 2019.

Later in October, new barrier walls will be erected along the east side of the checkpoint area so the east facade can be demolished. This work will connect the new security pavilion to the existing terminal building.

Cicero Avenue lane closures move to the southbound side by the end of the month and traffic flow will move to the north side (current work area). Two lanes remain open in each direction.

Sidewalks along west side of Cicero Avenue remain closed through Summer 2019.

Work is completed on the north portion of the arrivals lanes on the lower level roadway.

Work continues over the arrivals lanes in the south portion of the roadway system with intermittent lane closures.
* Nightly closures will continue on both portions of the roadway system for the duration of construction.

In November, steel and bridge erection will begin and there will be a concrete pour over the south arrivals/departures area. This work will require lane closures in several areas of roadway system. 

Terminal Parking Garage Expansion
Several changes now in place around CTA Orange Line Station for duration of construction, including: 
*  Kilpatrick Avenue closed from 59th Street to station - only buses allowed.
*  Station access available at temporary Kiss & Ride lot entrance off of 59th St.  *   Existing Kiss & Ride lot has closed.

East lane of Kilpatrick Avenue (access road) behind terminal garage remains closed through October.
* Employee shuttle buses will continue to operate from existing locations.

New pedestrian walkway between the CTA Orange Line station and the terminal building will be built in late October/early November and pedestrians will be rerouted to the terminal at ground level.

Passengers and employees should continue to use the pedestrian bridge (accessed from Level 3 of the parking garage) to get to the CTA Orange Line station until the ground-level walkway opens.
* The existing pedestrian bridge will be closed and demolished in November.
   A new pedestrian bridge is being constructed with this project.

Work has started on the new exit ramp from southbound Cicero Avenue to the parking garage.  Minimal impacts expected.

Replacement work on lighting and heating systems in south helix (circular ramp) is underway and continues through the end of the year. Traffic may slow when passing work area but no closures expected.
Melvin Ditch Reservoir Expansion To Provide Stormwater Protection

After a lengthy public process that relied on input from Burbank & Oak Lawn neighbors and various stakeholders to address flooding concerns, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) prepared to break ground on the anticipated expansion of the Melvina Ditch Reservoir that will provide much needed protection from area flooding.  The groundbreaking ceremony was held in April of this year at 6500 W. 87th Street.     
The project more than doubled the existing Melvina Ditch Reservoir storage capacity, and expanded it from 54 million gallons to 117.3 millions gallons.  In addition, the pumping station will be modified to accommodate the reservoir expansion, and a new emergency overflow weir will be installed to reduce the chance of the reservoir overtopping.  
Upcoming Events:

Lunch & Learn Series

   November 7
   January 16
   February 20

The Lunch & Learn Seminars will be held at the Bedford Park Library
7816 W. 65th Place (Lower Level Auditorium)
11:45 Registration   -   12:00 Seminar Promptly Begins   -   1:00 Seminar Ends


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

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