Caterpillar executive donates $2,500 to IVCC
OGLESBY — Caterpillar executive and Illinois Valley Community College alumnus James Blass and his wife Mary, also an IVCC graduate, made a $2,500 donation to the Peter Miller Community Technology Center capital campaign.
Jim grew up in Peru working in his father’s downtown clothing store, Bader-Blass. In 1975, the same year he earned his mechanical technology degree from IVCC, he went to work for Caterpillar.
Today he is director of global product validation and also oversees the global research and development headquarters in Peoria and product test and proving grounds in Peoria, Tucson, Wuxi, China and Britain’s Peterborough and Stafford plants.
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