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Created on Wednesday, 27 April 2011 13:06
[CRYSTAL LAKE] Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) today joined local officials in celebrating the start of the latest major congestion relief project in McHenry County – the widening or Rakow Road in Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills. Manzullo spoke at a dedication ceremony for the project this morning.
Construction began last month on the $26.5 million project that will widen the two-lane road to six lanes from Randall to Pyott roads and four lanes from Pyott Road to Route 31. Manzullo secured $7.04 million in federal gas tax receipts for the project, scheduled to be completed during the fall of 2012, and the county funded the rest.
“Rakow Road is a significant regional arterial road that carries tens of thousands of McHenry County residents to work and school each day,” Manzullo said. “The widening project will double capacity on Rakow Road and reduce the significant congestion motorists experience each day. Reducing traffic congestion continues to be my number one priority for the people of McHenry County.”
In addition to Rakow Road, Manzullo has secured significant federal funding for the Western Bypass of Algonquin ($19 million) and the Route 47 widening project through Huntley ($6.7 million). Route 47 construction is ongoing and the widened road is scheduled to open by the end of the year. Construction on the long-awaited Western Bypass project is scheduled to begin this year.
“When complete, these projects will have a major impact on the quality of life of our residents and business owners. Families will have more time to spend together because they will not be wasting as much time sitting in traffic. Fuel bills will be lower because motorists will not be burning gasoline idling in traffic. And more open roads will make it easier and more cost efficient for business owners to transport and receive the goods they need,” Manzullo said. “With better roads, McHenry County will be a much more desirable location for companies seeking a place to locate, and that will mean more jobs for residents.”
Created on Thursday, 03 March 2011 08:57
RINGWOOD, IL – Burnex Corporation has moved to a new 18,500- square-foot manufacturing and corporate office building located at 5418 Business Parkway in Ringwood, Illinois. The change enhances production space and efficiency for the company’s unique planetary geared stamping and bending presses.
Founded in 1972 by Manfred Suhr and a partner who was later bought out, Burnex was based in Algonquin from 1992 through 2010. Growth and opportunity enabled the team to seek a new facility in 2009. “After much searching, we determined that building new would be more cost-effective than retro-fitting an existing structure,” explains Manfred Suhr, CEO.
Family-owned and operated, Burnex Corporation pioneered the planetary geared high speed stamping & bending machines and also operates traditional stamping punch presses. The planetary geared high speed stamping and bending machines have a center component which rotates and draws tools to form the product. Burnex is the only manufacturer which uses this equipment in a job-shop atmosphere. The result is the flexibility to change between production jobs like conventional punch presses at a competitive cost and consistent quality.
Jack Pease, president of Fox Development in McHenry, Illinois was engaged to build the new manufacturing and corporate offices from pre-cast construction. According to Manfred and Scott Suhr, from the purchase of property to occupancy was just six months due to “superb” project management and direction by Pease. The building has windows to maximize natural light and energy-efficient overhead lighting; the lot is 2.5 acres, allowing for future expansion.
Burnex employees and supervisors were involved in the space planning and production flow. Scott Suhr reports, “Everyone had a part in the planning for the new space. As a result, we have improved our production process and everyone has equity in the outcome.” Many of the company’s employees have been with the organization for over 15 years.
With over $5 million in sales, Burnex prides itself on putting the customer first, providing both custom and stock products. In addition to production “Our engineering department has the capability to translate all CAD formats. Just another convenience to our customers for improved quality and delivery”, said Scott Suhr. “We continually invest in people and technology to put Burnex ahead of the competition.”
For more information, visit BurnexCorp.com or call Matt Gilmore, Regional Sales Engineer, at 815.728.1317, extension 204.
Created on Monday, 31 January 2011 08:14
Aurora University-Woodstock Center will celebrate its first anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at its Challenger Center offices at 222 Church St.
An information open house for adult degree-completion programs will follow. Registration is at
6 p.m., the program is at 6:30 p.m.
To mark the AU-Woodstock Center’s anniversary, AU faculty, staff and area alumni are
expected to join Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce officials for a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The public is invited to anniversary ceremony and the open house.
At the open house, faculty and staff will provide information about courses, admission
procedures and financial aid opportunities for those who qualify.
Aurora University–Woodstock Center offers adult degree-completion programs in business
administration, criminal justice and the R.N. to B.S.N. Classes meet year-round in eight-week modules, allowing students to pursue educational goals while maintaining work and family life.
For more information or to register for the information session, call (815) 337-6051, e-mail