Illinois Correctional Industries Spring Product Show May 25 and 26
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[MAY 24, 2005]
SPRINGFIELD -- The
Illinois Correctional Industries Spring Product Show will be
Wednesday and Thursday in Springfield. The event will be located at
the Cushman Building at 15th and Moffat streets from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. State, county and municipal agencies are invited to see the
entire line of products, which includes office, student and
dormitory furniture; floor care products; specialty embroidery;
professional, occupational and institutional clothing; safety vests;
lockers; and metal shelving.
The show was announced by Illinois
Department of Corrections Director Roger E. Walker Jr. and Jim
Underwood, chief executive officer of Illinois Correctional
"The Illinois Department of
Corrections is pleased to provide quality products, at competitive
prices, that are designed and manufactured by inmates," Walker said.
"Several proud endeavors of the ICI include being one of the
furniture providers for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum in Springfield as well as participating in a beautification
project at the Illinois State Fair by offering commemorative park
benches and picnic tables."
Walker noted that Illinois
Correctional Industries programs offer inmates the opportunity to
develop usable skills and positive work habits.
"Ultimately, these benefits
contribute to both rehabilitation and reducing recidivism," Walker
said. "The program additionally allows inmates to build their
self-esteem and give something back to the community. The ICI
program is another important component that helps contribute to the
successful re-entry of inmates into society."
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As part of the product show, the
top-of-the-line Jamestown series of office furniture will be
exhibited, as well as customized modular panel systems. For
purchasers interested in refurbished products, "before" and "after"
versions of refinished furniture and chairs will also be on display.
All of the furniture lines will be displayed, including student
desks, bunk beds, bookcases, dressers, desk organizers and
"During the past year, ICI has
experienced a great deal of success with its no-maintenance plastic
line of products, such as picnic tables and benches," Underwood
said. "These items consist of environmentally safe plastic on
heavy-gauge steel frames, in addition to treated lumber. The picnic
tables and benches made of plastic have the appeal of being
environmentally friendly and durable. Buyers have supported the idea
that recycled plastic saves forests and accounts for fewer cubic
yards at landfills."
For more information about the
product show, please call (217) 522-2666, ext. 7014. Visit the
Illinois Department of Corrections website at
Department of Corrections news release]