On December 12, State Representative Grant Wehrli met with Consul General of Canada in Chicago John Cruickshank as part of a forum and business tour promoting economic opportunity and trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico.
During the meeting, Wehrli and Cruickshank discussed the $2 billion per day of land based commerce alone that currently exists between the the U.S. and Canada. Cruickshank explained how this figure stands to increase, in a particularly beneficial way for Illinois as one of the largest agriculture exporters to Canada, once the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) is ratified by the three nations.
Following the meeting, the two participated in a tour of Spanesi Americas manufacturing facility in Naperville as part of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s USMCA Forum. Spanesi, a manufacturer of auto collision repair equipment, was chosen to highlight the economic benefit ratification of USMCA will provide for job creation and economic growth in Illinois.
The auto collision repair industry is currently a $63 billion dollar industry between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Spanesi, an industry leader for environmentally friendly equipment and practices, expects to see as much as 30% growth once USMCA goes into effect.