Illinois Governor, the Honorable Bruce Rauner, Visits HARTING in Espelkamp and at Hannover Messe/Discussion of Mutual Interests

Espelkamp, April 24, 2018---

Illinois Governor, the Honorable Bruce Rauner, Visits HARTING

An important visit for the HARTING Technology group occurred last Thursday, April 19, 2018. At the head of an approx. 20 people delegation the Governor of Illinois, the Honorable Bruce Vincent Rauner, was a guest of the Espelkamp family business. HARTING was one of the stops of an 11 day journey for the Americans to visit important and influential companies in Poland and Germany. 

In addition to Governor Rauner, who was elected in November 2014, the group included business leaders and representatives from industrial organizations. The group met with various companies in Germany to learn about and discuss mutual interests. In the NAZHA (HARTING’s new training center), the Americans learned about the apprenticeship program in Germany and the special concept at HARTING, where trainees and students learn under one roof with and from each other. In addition, the delegation visited the HARTING Quality and Technology Center (HQT). 

Governor Rauner, who was a very successful businessman before his political career, was also interested in the further development and prospects of the HARTING production plant in Elgin and its importance for the economy of Illinois. The US is an important market for the technology group. In the past fiscal year, the group's sales in the Americas rose by 22 percent to 73 million euros. The company plans to expand scientific and entrepreneurial partnerships and co-operations in the US in the long term. These partnerships include a US car manufacturer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).

Other topics at the meeting were tax cuts for companies and other economic policies recently adopted by United States President, Donald Trump, as well as the training and qualification of employees.

Governor Rauner and his delegation also visited the HARTING booth at Hannover Messe on April 23, 2018. Hannover Messe is the world’s leading trade show for Industrial Technology held April 23-27, 2018 in Hannover, Germany. The HARTING booth is located in Hall 11, Booth C15.


The HARTING Technology Group, family owned and based in Germany, employs more than 4,300 people globally with subsidiaries and branch offices in 40 countries. With production facilities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, the HARTING portfolio of connectivity solutions focuses on multiple levels, from the machine to the device and into the communication infrastructure. The U.S. facility in Elgin, Illinois is one of three HARTING locations that manufactures the HIS product line (HARTING Integrated Solutions - backplanes) and custom cable assemblies. HARTING also has custom cable assembly capabilities in Mexico and Brazil. The company’s core business is intelligent and high-performance connection technology. HARTING works in almost all industrial markets with a focus on requirements for robust, reliable connectivity solutions.

Media Contacts:

Christina Chatfield

VP Digital Strategy 

& Marketing Communications

HARTING North America 

1370 Bowes Road

Elgin, IL 60123, USA

+1 (847) 717-9217



Julie Chatman

Marketing Communication Specialist 

HARTING North America 

1370 Bowes Road

Elgin, IL 60123, USA

+1 (847) 717-9228


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