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2016 Business Champion Awards Announced

McHenry County, IL – McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2016 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC 25 th Anniversary Dinner on October 12, 2016. Over 450 business leaders attended the event with keynote speaker, Kevin Lobo, CEO of Stryker Corporation. The McHenry County Community Foundation (MCCF) presented their first Philanthropist of the Year award to Don and Chris Schellhaass for their dedication to making a difference. They represent the spirt of philanthropy and have given of their time, expertise and experience to many organizations. The evening culminated with the presentation of the 2016 Business Champion Awards.

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Pictured L-R: Keith Wagner, Fabric Molded Plastics – Gary Reece, Heartland Cabinet Supply – Robert Jessup, Jessup Manufacturing – Jill Dinsmore, JA Frate Companies – Michael Eesley, Centegra.

For the past nine years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have positively contributed to McHenry County’s economy and who have exhibited business acumen and vision. Judging is conducted by a panel of independent and unbiased business leaders residing outside of McHenry County. Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC commented “McHenry County is fortunate to have so many exceptional companies who not only have outstanding business expertise, but also give back to our community in so many ways.”

In the category of fewer than 24 employees, Heartland Cabinet Supply of Crystal Lake received the award. Like many others, they faced the many challenges of the economic downturn of 2009 but they faced those challenges by investing in new equipment and in employee training and learning opportunities. They also shifted their customer base focusing more on commercial clients, such as banks, schools and libraries with a product line includes custom cabinets, plastic laminates, solid surface fabrication and architectural millwork. Their residential side of their business offers custom cabinets and countertops. With their 200% growth over the last few years and increased profitability, they are an outstanding business deserving of recognition. Gary Reece, owner accepted the award.

 

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In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees, Jessup Manufacturing of McHenry, a family owned company which began in a 2 car garage, received the award. They are now a global manufacturer of adhesive coated and laminated films, no-slip tapes, photo luminescent materials and specialty graphic medias. Founded in 1956 making leather welts for baseball gloves, they celebrated their 60th anniversary this year by initiating a companywide program called 60 ways to make a difference. Thru scholarships, programs at the Workforce Investment Board, promoting manufacturing careers at high schools and volunteering with many organizations like Habitat for Humanity, and the Veterans resource center, Jessup Manufacturing believes in making a difference. Robert Jessup, President and CEO accepted the award.

In the large category of companies that employ 101 to 299 employees, the 2016 Business Champion award was presented to JA Frate Companies of McHenry. President Jill Dinsmore, daughter of the founder Doug Jennings, accepted the award. Since 1971, it has continued to expand and grow creating additional divisions to provide transportation solutions and investing in new equipment and technology. Originally a less-than- truckload motor carrier, JA Frate handled airfreight in a 150 mile radius of O’Hare. They expanded 10 years later to handle all freight (air, ocean, surface) with expedited same day and next day services. In 2001 they began a warehouse and distribution division and in 2011 expanded into international freight forwarding. They have 24 hour accessibility and pride themselves in dependable service. Engaged in our community, it passionately supports our local veterans as well as other nonprofits and sponsors a college scholarship for area students.

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Pictured L-R: Keith Wagner, Fabric Molded Plastics – Gary Reece, Heartland Cabinet Supply – Robert Jessup, Jessup Manufacturing – Jill Dinsmore, JA Frate Companies – Michael Eesley, Centegra.

In the category of over 300 employees, MCEDC presented two awards – one for a privately held business and one for a nonprofit. The first award went to another long time McHenry County company, Fabric Molded Plastics, a 3 rd generation family owned company. Recognized worldwide it is a custom plastic injection and insert molding company. They believe strongly that skill development, training and education is critical to continued success and company growth. Recognizing the innovation and automation that is occurring in manufacturing at a rapid pace, Fabric has developed internship programs for high school and college students, and they participate in the Youth Manufacturing program through the McHenry County Workforce Network. In 2016, they expanded their footprint in the City of McHenry through the acquisition of a new facility they made a significant capital investment in the community which will ultimately increase employment. Keith Wagner, President accepted the award.

The second award in the over 300 category was presented to Centegra Health System. CEO Michael Eesley accepted the award. Centegra began its service in 1914 and since that time, it has continued to grow, expand and innovate. Opening the only 3 rd new hospital approved in Illinois in more than 35 years, the Huntley 128 bed, all private room hospital, includes a Level II trauma Center, 100 medical- surgical beds, eight intensive care unit beds and a 20 bed Family Birth Center. This $230+ million state of the art facility has and will continue to have a major economic impact on our region. Over $150 million was spent locally on 800 constructions jobs which were created in the two years it took to build the facility. More than 50% of the subcontractors were from McHenry, Kane and Lake Counties and more than half of the new hospital’s employee came from locations within the county. An additional $45 million went into southern McHenry County and northern Kane County communities through salaries and the purchase of medical equipment and furnishing. Currently, they are construction an 80,000 square ft. four story medical office building immediately adjacent to its new hospital expanding their healthcare campus even further.

 

MCEDC congratulates all of our business finalists -

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Crystal Lake Brewery, Crystal Lake - DeMarco Industrial Vacuums, Crystal Lake - Rock Solid Builders, Inc., McHenry - Vo-Tech, Crystal Lake - Burnex Corporation, Ringwood - Chas Herdrich & Sons, McHenry - Jensen’s Plumbing & Heating, Woodstock - Miller Formless, McHenry - Rita Corporation, Crystal Lake - Serv-All Die & Tool Company, Crystal Lake - Studio 2015/Dougherty Enterprises, Woodstock - General Kinematics, Crystal Lake - Follett Solutions, McHenry - Heartland Cabinet Supply, Crystal Lake - Jessup Manufacturing, McHenry - JA Frate Companies, McHenry - Fabrik Molded Plastics, McHenry - and Centegra Health System, Countywide.

 

And our 2016 Business Champions -

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Heartland Cabinet Supply, Crystal Lake - Jessup Manufacturing, McHenry - JA Frate Companies, McHenry - Fabrik Molded Plastics, McHenry - and Centegra Health System, Countywide

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McHenry County EDC 2015 Business Champions!

2015 Business Champion Awards Announced

McHenry County, IL – McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2015 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC Annual Dinner on October 27, 2015. Over 400 business leaders attended the event which culminates with the Business Champion Award presentations

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Pictured L-R: Mike Littrell - CIDEAS, Steve Slack - Home State Bank, Patricia Miller - Matrix IV, Rick Sperando - Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical, Lance Rosenmayer - Intren, Scott Brown - Sage Products

For the past eight years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have positively contributed to McHenry County’s economy and who have exhibited business acumen and vision. Judging is conducted by a panel of independent and unbiased business leaders residing outside of McHenry County. Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC commented “McHenry County is fortunate to have so many outstanding companies. This year, we had 29 nominations and 16 Business Champion Finalists.

The 2015 Business Champions were presented their awards by Brik Eyre, Baxter US Corporate Vice President and President Hospital Products, and keynote speaker at the Annual Dinner and by Mark Saladin, MCEDC Chairman of the Board and Pam Cumpata, President MCEDC.

Steve Middaugh of Edward Jones Investments and chairman of the Business Champions Task Force announced the first award for companies with less than 24 employees. He noted that the winning company epitomizes the word innovative with their dedication to remaining on top of ever changing technological advances through the acquisition of new equipment and software. This company opens its doors to area high schools thru “Project Lead the Way” providing opportunities for on-site learning. Visionary, risk taker, innovator are words that describe this company and owner.

The winner in this category was CIDEAS of Crystal Lake. Accepting the award was Mike Littrell, President. CIDEAS is the largest 3 D printer and rapid proofing engineering firm in the tri-state area serving a large and diverse clientele from manufacturers, to hobbyists to the movie industry.

In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees there was a statistical tie. The first award went to a business who has been in McHenry County for over 40 years. They faced a financial crisis that reached a tipping point in 2014 when a family member returned to the area and instituted a revitalization plan with cutting edge technology. They repositioned themselves as a design and marketing house to meet design, engineering, tooling and manufacturing needs of its clients. As with many McHenry County companies, this winner also opened its doors to area high schools for internships

Middaugh congratulated Matrix IV of Woodstock. Accepting the award was Patricia Miller, CEO and owner since 2014. Cumpata commented that through the leadership of Patricia Miller, her grandfather’s company has grown from a struggling company to a $3 Million company today embracing the idea that they don’t “just do production” but are holistic in their manufacturing approach.

Also receiving an award in this mid-level category was a company who is noted for its exceptional customer service and solid acquisitions. This company grew at a double digit pace which brought on many challenges such as facility constraints. Less than 60 days ago, this award winner moved into a larger facility in McHenry County and we look forward to their continued success. A common theme of the Business Champions, this company also believes in giving back to the community...their strong commitment is known throughout various high school projects, scholarship programs, not-for-profits and charities. Middaugh introduced Rich Sperando, President of Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical who accepted the award. Black Diamond provides plumbing, sewer, electric, heating and air conditioning servicers, known for being available 24 hours a day, they ALWAYS answer the phone, day or night.

In the large category of companies that employee 101 to 299 employees, the 2015 Business Champion award went to a company that has made McHenry County home for many, many years. Known as a hub of the community, their corporate philanthropy includes financial as well as volunteer support of such not-for-profits as United Way of McHenry County, Friends of MCC Foundation, Salvation Army, Turning Point, the Raue Center and many more. Faced with challenges during the recession, this company continued to work with its customers to provide support and assistance. Celebrating their 100th Anniversary, the MCEDC announced Home State Bank as a 2015 Business Champion. Accepting the award Steve Slack, President and CEO.

In the category of over 300 employees, MCEDC presented two awards – one for a publicly traded business and one for a privately held business. The first award went to a company that has developed and executed industry solutions that involve most residents and businesses. It is committed to providing workforce training and job opportunities and its Leadership believes that Stewardship is the cornerstone of their company and that this belief has helped this company thrive for more than 25 years. Driven by their core values of safety, integrity, customer focus and employee empowerment, this company’s vision is to “Out Perform Every Day”. Known through McHenry County as a company who believes in making a difference, they partner with a myriad of organizations such as Big Brother Big Sisters, Pioneer Center for Human Services, United Way of Greater McHenry County, Family Health Partnership, CASA of McHenry County and many others. Middaugh congratulated INTREN of Union. Accepting the award was Lance Rosenmayer, President. Middaugh commented that Intren is a leader in the design, development, construction and management of solutions for many of the country’s foremost utility companies, private contractors and developers, municipalities and cooperatives.

The second award in the over 300 category went to a company that has been described as innovative, committed, giving, the place everyone wants to work. Their culture is core to their mission and vision which unifies all employees with a common value of “Keeping it Personal” It’s the company’s way of expressing the importance of fostering real and valuable connections. Those personal connections fuel the passion and belief in the power of the products they invent and manufacture.

In 2012, this company was acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners and since that time has continued to grow and expand both domestically and internationally. That growth has also fueled new jobs in McHenry County with 100 in 2014 and on pace for another 100 in 2015.

The business is only part of “Keeping it Personal” this company has a strong commitment to the community through volunteering, Not for Profit board participation, Leadership Greater McHenry County, Sage YMCA and many more.

Sage Products of Cary was the 2015 Business Champion award winner. Accepting the award for Sage Products was Scott Brown, President and CEO.

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation congratulates all of the 2015 Business Champion Finalists: JA Nationwide, Inc.-McHenry, Used CNC, Inc.-Huntley, Charles Herdrich & Sons- McHenry, Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center-Crystal Lake, CRV Electronics-Spring Grove, Jessup Manufacturing Company-McHenry, Dean Foods-Huntley, General Kinematics-Crystal Lake, TEQ-Huntley and our 2015 Business Champions C-Ideas-Crystal Lake, Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc.-McHenry, Matrix IV, Inc.-Woodstock, Home State Bank-Crystal Lake, INTREN-Union and Sage Products-Cary.

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McHenry County EDC 2014 Business Champions!

McHenry County EDC 2014 Business Champions!

 

McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2014 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC Annual Dinner on October 28, 2014. Over 400 business leaders attended the event which culminates with the Business Champion Award presentations

 

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McHenry County, IL – McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2014 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC Annual Dinner on October 28, 2014. Over 425 business leaders attended the event which culminates with the Business Champion Award presentations

For the past seven years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have positively contributed to McHenry County’s economy and who have exhibited business acumen and vision. Judging is conducted by a panel of 9 independent and unbiased business leaders residing outside of McHenry County. Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC commented “McHenry County is fortunate to have so many outstanding companies. This year, we had 19 Business Champion Finalists.

The 2014 Business Champions were presented their awards by, Eric Tech, Navistar’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning and President, Global and Specialty Businesses and keynote speaker at the Annual Dinner and by Susan Milford, MCEDC Chairwoman of the Board, and Pam Cumpata, President MCEDC.

Steve Middaugh of Edward Jones Investments and chairman of the Business Champions Task Force noted that for the first time ever, in the Small Category 1 (less than 25 employees) there was a statistical tie. The first award went to a company who has been in business for 45 years, had made hard decisions during the recession to redirect its focus, whose upper management is involved with many countywide projects and organizations, who increased its training efforts to become more efficient and profitable, and who is expecting a 50% growth in revenue and 30% in workforce in the near future. Accepting the award for RADICOM of McHenry, was Phil Bartmann, President and Chief Executive Office and Bob Lueders, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. President Cumpata commented that this outstanding company is a leader in developing and integrating advanced communication systems for public safety and commercial enterprises, specializing in system design, sale and service support of two-way radio, microwave conveyance, telephone systems and radio/911 dispatch systems and both Phil and Bob are active in many organizations and that Radicom is also a long time investor/member in MCEDC.

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Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Phillip Bartmann, Bob Lueders and Eric Tech

 


 

The second award winning company in the small category was presented to Tegel Design in Huntley. This company has been in the county for 9 years, survived the 2008 to 2010 hard times by focusing on life cycle costs, sees innovation as the life blood of a company, promotes “made in the USA” products and global exporting, has a passion for the education and development of our future workforce, brings that passion to realty with an apprenticeship program and outreach to local high school students and wants to develop local incubators for manufacturing growth in McHenry County. Cumpata said that President Robert Tegel has been an active supporter of the MCEDC workforce of the future projects and that she is delighted to have him recognized for his passion, energy, enthusiasm and business acumen. Tegel Design are inventors of industrial machinery adaptable to multiple industries, including automotive, medical, industrial electronics, consumer and textiles.

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Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Robert Tegel and Eric Tech

 


 

In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees, MAC Automation of Woodstock is the 2014 Business Champion. This business has called McHenry County home for over 30 years, is family owned growing from 2 employees to a 47 member team, and during the recession, stood together and implemented a voluntary furlough program. They have grown by 7% in 2013 and 15% in 2013 and have a company philosophy “the power of a little Bit” and put that into practice through community charities and supporting workforce education program and internships. MAC automation is poised to continue their growth as they grow from plastics to machine tooling. Cumpata congratulated Jackie Speciale Accounting/Purchasing Senior Manager and Theresa Reynolds, Production Senior Manager representing MAC Automation and thanked them for their support of the recent MCEDC Manufacturing EXPO honoring Manufacturing Day October 3rd, 2014. MAC Automation serves the plastics industry with auxiliary equipment, conveyers, automation equipment, automated box fill systems, portable resin bins, resin loaders, part/runner separators and diverters, inspection tables, cleanrooms, drum and Gaylord box filter covers to name a few. Cumpata noted further that not only does MAC Automation offer high quality, cost effective automations solutions, they also have committed both time and effort to help grow the workforce of the future.

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Pictured L-R: Jackie Speciale and Theresa Reynolds

 


 

In the large category of companies that employee 101 to 299 employees, the 2014 Business Champion award recipient was another family owned business who has been serving its customers for over 37 years. During the recent recession its industry was severely impacted, but it choose to refocus its efforts, its operations and its resources, made significant investments to upgrade its technology, focused on increasing environmentally friendly and green options with LEED certified products and installation and is a highly regarded and recognized leader in its industry. Michael Smeja, Daniel Smeja, and Rock Smeja accepted the award for Metalmaster Roofmaster of McHenry. Middaugh noted that Metalmaster Roofmaster had been named # 33 in the top 100 Metal Roofers in North America, and most recently in June placed #1 for tonnage and #5 for square footage. They also won 3 prestigious awards from Firestone Building Products including Master Contractor, Inner Circle of Quality and Presidents Club.

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Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Rock Smeja, Mike Smeja, Dan Smeja and Eric Tech

 


 

In the category of over 300 employees, MCEDC presented two awards – one for a publicly traded business and one for a privately held business and. Middaugh commented that “the award winning publicly held company focuses on the principle of the 3 P’s – Pride – Perfection and Performance” and he added ‘a 4th P – Pickles’! The plant manager, Olivier Lemoine, accepted the award for Clausen Pickles – Kraft Foods of Woodstock. Middaugh stated that Clausen has been in McHenry County for over 38 years, has made significant investments in technology and training and has a saying “from vine to jar in 8 days” as they follow the sun to secure cucumbers from the sunniest climates from the south to the Midwest.

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Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Olivier Lemoine and Eric Tech

 


 

The privately held company recognized in this over 300 employee category was Charter Dura-Bar of Woodstock. Middaugh noted that this company has added new equipment designed to improve product safety, made a $5.9 million new capital investment, expanded its workforce since 2013 hiring 30 new full time employees, and is on track to double their revenues by 2018. Cumpata stated “Charter Dura-Bar is always supportive of our MCEDC workforce of the future projects and efforts and is a recognized leader in the manufacturing and distribution of continuous cast iron bar stock. It’s engineered iron product called Dura-Bar offers machining advantages over carbon and alloy steel and is it allows manufacturers to increase profit margins by machining more parts per hour, decreasing cycle time and increasing profitability”. Peter Murray, Vice President and General Manager accepted the award.

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Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Peter Murray, Art Berman, Frank Abruzzo and Eric Tech

 


 

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation congratulates all of the 2014 Business Champion Finalists: C-Ideas-Crystal Lake, Precision Ground, Inc.-Lakemoor, Used CNC, Inc.-Huntley, Working World Staffing-Crystal Lake, AdvanTech Plastics-Woodstock, Charles Herdrich & Son-McHenry, MasterCoil Spring-McHenry, Swiss Automation-Barrington, Dean Foods-Huntley, Kenmode-Algonquin, Poly One-McHenry, Rita Corporation-Crystal Lake, TEQ-Huntley and our 2014 Business Champions – Radicom, Tegel Design, MAC Automation, Metalmaster Roofmaster, Claussen Pickles-Kraft Food and Charter Dura-Bar.

 

Photos by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

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McHenry County EDC 2013 Business Champions!

McHenry County EDC 2013 Business Champions!

 

McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2013 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC Annual Dinner on November 5, 2013. Over 400 business leaders attended the event which culminates with the Business Champion Award presentations

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Pictured L-R: Bill Lewis, Advanced Flexible Composites, Lake in the Hills, Sandra Pierce, Phoenix Woodworking, Woodstock, Karl Schult, Covidien, Crystal Lake, and Nathan Frost, Watlow, Richmond.

For the past six years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have positively contributed to McHenry County’s economy and who have exhibited business acumen and vision. Judging is conducted by a panel of 9 independent and unbiased business leaders residing outside of McHenry County.  Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC commented “ McHenry County is fortunate to have so many outstanding companies. There were 15 business champion finalists.” The 2013 Business Champions were presented their awards by Harry Kraemer, (Board Member of Sage Products, LLC, Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners, Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Former Chairman and CEO of Baxter International) keynote speaker at the Annual Dinner and by Gary Overbay, MCEDC Chairman of the Board.

Phoenix Woodworking, Huntley was selected in Category 1 (less than 25 employees). Faced the many challenges of the recent recession, this company worked hard to keep everyone employed by reducing hours and using downtime to provide training and build on certifications. Sandra Pierce, President, accepted the award. Cumpata noted that Sandra not only has an outstanding company, but she is active leader in many organizations and a long time investor/member in MCEDC.

In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees, Advanced Flexible Components, Lake in the Hills, is the 2013 Business Champion. This company is a family owned business who really believes in family. They have been in business in McHenry County for over 25 years, have had double digit growth and grown their businesses into a multi-site facility. Cumpata noted that not only were they a family owned company, but they believe in hiring family members – brothers, sisters, husband/wife, etc. and have found it to provide a stable work environment. Bill Lewis, President accepted the award with Vice President Dale Lewis cheering him on.

Watlow of Richmond is the winner in the category 100 to 299 employees. This company was nominated by an employee who began as a temp employee in 1993 and who wanted to recognize the tremendous employee support and training this company provides.   Cumpata commented that this company has a culture that recognizes the employees as team members and provides them with on-site education opportunities to help them develop and grow professionally. They have been a strong partner with MCEDC in its effort to help inspire young people to go into manufacturing as a career. Nathan Frost, Director of Operations accepted the award on behalf of the entire team.

In the category of over 300 employees, the judges had quite a challenge since all of the nominees were exceptional companies who bring value to McHenry County. Karl Schult, Engineering Manager accepted the award for Covidien of Crystal Lake. This company has invested over $17 million in capital over the last four years, developed an initiative which prevented over 6 million pounds of scrap from entering landfills, relocated a subsidiary from Texas to Crystal Lake, increased employment by approximately 100 jobs and developed a new intern program with a local high school. Pam Cumpata commented that Covidien is another strong partner in helping to encourage young people on the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation congratulates all of our finalists: Effective Product Solutions - Lake in the Hills, Radicom - McHenry, Tegel Design - Huntley, Camfil - Crystal Lake, Eisenmann - Crystal Lake, Haiges Machinery - Huntley, Kold Ban International Ltd - Lake in the Hills, Curran Group, Crystal Lake, H.S. Crocker – Huntley, Aptar Group-Crystal Lake, Knaack LLC – Crystal Lake and our 2013 Business Champions - Phoenix Woodworking, Advanced Flexible Composites, Watlow and Covidien.

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McHenry County EDC 2012 Business Champions!

McHenry County EDC 2012 Business Champions!

 

McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the  2012 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC Annual Dinner October 11th, 2012.

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Pictured L-R: Gary Overbay, Chairman of MCEDC, Scott Lemajeur, President of Impact Plastics, John Bilik, President of All-Rite Spring Company, Tom Bolger, CEO & President of Chroma Corporation, Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC.

For the past five years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have positively contributed to McHenry County’s economy and who have exhibited business acumen and vision. Judging is conducted by a panel of 9 independent and unbiased business leaders residing outside of McHenry County.   Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC commented “ McHenry County is fortunate to have so many outstanding companies.  There were 28 business champion nominations with 14 finalists.” The 2012 Business Champions were presented their awards by Rick Stephens, Senior VP of The Boeing Company and keynote speaker at the Annual Dinner and by Gary Overbay, MCEDC Chairman of the Board.

Congratulations to the 2012 Business Champions

  • Category 1 (less than 25 employees) – Impact Plastics, Huntley, IL
  • Category 2 (25 to 100 employees) – All-Rite Spring Company, Spring Grove, IL
  • Category 3 (over 100 employees) – Chroma Corporation, McHenry, IL

Impact Plastics, Huntley was selected in Category 1 (less than 25 employees).  Faced with challenges of raw material price increases, they found a way to use recycled plastics in their manufacturing process.

In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees, All-Rite Spring Company, Spring Grove is the 2012 Business Champion.  This company is in the process of expanding their facilities and during their recent groundbreaking every single employee was engaged in the important ground breaking ceremony and with their own ‘shovels in the ground’.  This single act of inclusion reinforced the company’s corporate belief that their by having employees as true part of the team,  they become engaged and an integral part of the company’s success.

Chroma Corporation, McHenry is the winner in the large category (over 100 employees).  This company has been doing business in McHenry County for over 40 years and has been growing at twice the rate of other companies within their industry.  During the last two years, they invested in thirteen new pieces of equipment. They also believe in helping to educate the future workforce and have sponsored a grant for a student at McHenry County College.

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Pictured L-R: Scott Lemajeur, President of Impact Plastics, John Bilik, President of All-Rite Spring Company, Tom Bolger, CEO & President of Chroma Corporation

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation congratulates each of our finalists and our 2012 Business Champions.

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2011 MCEDC Business Champion Award Winners

McHenry County EDC 2011 Business Champions!

 

McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) is pleased to announce the 2011 Business Champion Award winners. 


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Pictured L-R: Larry O’Conor, Jr. Other World Computing, Aric & Sean Slavin, Dordan Manufacturing, Don Wallin, Joule Technologies,
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For the past four years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have positively contributed to McHenry County’s economy and who have exhibited business acumen and vision. Judging is conducted by a panel of 9 independent and unbiased business leaders residing outside of McHenry County.

Ann Willits, MCEDC Business Champion Task Force chair, who announced the awards at the recent MCEDC Annual Dinner, commented that the selection process was very challenging with consistently high scores for all nominees. 

Congratulations to the 2011 Business Champions

  • Category 1 (less than 25 employees) – Joule Technologies, McHenry, IL
  • Category 2 (25 to 100 employees) – Dordan Manufacturing Company, Woodstock, IL
  • Category 3 (over 100 employees) – Other World Computing, Woodstock, IL


Joule Technologies, McHenry,  was selected in Category 1 (less than 25 employees).  Recognized for having a corporate philosophy that embraces a culture for learning, Joule Technology capitalized on this philosophy by adopting new methods of planning, design, and management.  By moving from a traditional production model to the non-traditional employee-managed Self Directed Work Teams, they are making strides toward their five-year plan of creating an “awesome stakeholder experience”.   By including their employee base among their stakeholders (90% of whom reside in McHenry County), they empowered their workforce to be directly invested in their customers’ experience of the company which is resulting in a bright future of growth.  This company has been in business in McHenry for 12 years and contributes its growth to the access it has to excellent logistics as well as a dedicated workforce. 


In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees, Dordan Manufacturing Company,Woodstock, is the 2011 Business Champion.  It was apparent that Dordan understands the importance of employing locally while staying economically competitive.  Their proactive “green” approach to recycling in 2009 resulted in industry-initiated dialogue that increased media attention, facilitated business inquiries, and grew revenues that by extension improved exposure and economic growth for McHenry County.  With a 5-year plan of achieving ISO certification, Dordan is looking to expand into the medical and pharmaceutical markets.  Our champion believes in the economic sustainability of community demonstrated by, for example, extending an invitation to a local organics farmer to use a portion of its land to grow produce for local consumption facilitating a closed-loop economic relationship between business and residents of McHenry County.  

Other World Computing, Woodstock, is the winner in the large category (over 100 employees).  They have being doing business in McHenry County for over 20 years and chooses to remain in the county because of the unique opportunities for growth supported by a forward-thinking business and educational climate.  Not only does the company value a forward-thinking approach, but it also walks-the-walk – their company facility achieved LEED certification at the Platinum level in 2010.  Their investment doesn’t stop at their building, however.  Their approach to our ever-changing market was to find local talent and invest in it.  In addition, they strive to find ways to inspire their workforce to keep up with emerging technologies.  This has helped them stay on top of changing technological trends.  With 76% of its workforce being McHenry county residents, this business champion has a local focus, in spite of serving customers in over 170 countries, and takes great pride as a major contributor to the revenue stream it provides the county. 

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Pictured L-R: Larry O’Connor, Jr. Other World Computing, Aric Slavin, Dordan Manufacturing, Don Wallin, Joule Technologies, Sean Slavin, Dordan Manufacturing

Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2011 Business Champion Award who were introduced to the over 500 attendees at the MCEC Annual Dinner on November 3rd. The three award winners Joule Technologies, Dordan Manufacturing and Other World Computing received their awards from Doug Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar, and MCEDC President Pam Cumpata.

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Business Champions 2010

McHenry County EDC 2010 Business Champions!

 

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Photo L to R: Pam Cumpata – President EDC,  Mark Satterson – Jan Air, Orion Samuelson – WGN Keynote Speaker,
Otto Dschida - Astro Craft, Craig Weidner -Scot Forge, Jim Thorpe – EDC Chairman of the Board.

 

Congratulations to the 2010 Business Champions

 

Division III – Small

Astro Craft, Spring Grove, IL

Astro Craft is an outstanding company encompassing 19 employees with almost 200 years of experience.  From a modest 3,500 sq. ft. facility in 1968, they provided prototype and production part orders to the automotive service, spray painting, packaging and copying equipment industries.

They installed their first numerically controlled machine in 1974 and expanded to a 10,000-square foot facility featuring a combination of 10 computer controlled mills and lathes. In the late 1980’s, Astro Craft’s customer base included the communications, healthcare, high-speed packaging, and aerospace industries.

This past year, they too were challenged to manage their business through an incredibly unpredictable manufacturing business climate.  Realizing they were not going to be able to employ a ‘normal mode’ of business, they decided to embark on a Continuous Improve Process. They used the slow down time to re-invest in their facility, train employees, step up customer service, and enhance their image.

A proud family owned company, Otto, Ed and Rich Dschida are co-owners.  Please visit their website to learn more about Astro Craft and their capabilities. www.astrocraft.com

 

Division II – Medium

Jan-Air, Inc., Richmond, IL

Jan-Air Inc. was founded in Richmond 1949 with its focus on producing high-quality and affordable air movement products.  It  serves many industries including farm, construction & mining, and has many product specialties such as ovens, environmental chambers, generators, dust collectors, paper conveyors, computer board soldering chambers, industrial heating, AC units, and air knife/blow-off systems to name a few.

They have a strong commitment to investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing machinery and software. In 2008, a major 12,000 square-foot building addition and Trumpf TruLaser were added to the Jan-Air facility bringing the total square footage of the Jan-Air facility to 31,800.  They continue to add major equipment and a significant amount of work and investment has also been devoted to the overall digitalization and automation of the company through the use of CAD and CAM software.

Jan Air faced with the negative impact of the economy and the bottom dropping out of their core business head on.  Weekly meeting with employees were held to discuss the business climate, production flow and facility improvements.  They are now focusing on new equipment for process improvements.

Mark Satterson, President began working for Jan-Air in 1984 and purchased the company in 2005. Jan-Air is located in Richmond and has consistently employed 20 plus people for 61 years. Visit their website www.jan-air.com to learn more.

 

Division I – Large

Scot Forge Company, Spring Grove, IL

Scot Forge is a 100% Employee-Owned manufacturer of custom open die and rolled ring  forgings. Founded over 100 years ago, it has been in McHenry County for 32 years.  They have over 100 years of experience shaping, machining and heat treating forgings weighing from 5 to 80,000 pounds in carbon alloy, stainless, copper-based alloys and other ferrous and non ferrous materials and ship over 200 million pounds of forgings annually.

Virtually every metalworking industry has used Scot Forge parts including heavy construction and equipment, mining, power generation, defense, shipbuilding, machine tool, fabrication, engine and turbine, transportation, oil fields and primary metals.  Known as an industry leader with one of the most modern, progressive and respected forging companies with over 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space in five locations.

During this last year, Scot Forge expanded its Spring Grove location by building an addition for new machinery, a new quality inspection area, larger shipping and receiving capabilities and updated laboratory facilities. New machinery, more capabilities and updated laboratory space has positioned them to seek new industries (nuclear and aerospace) to add to the over 20 different markets currently served.  Scot Forge’s five year vision includes more capital investment in equipment, software, and employees with a broad range of skills; engineers, technical sales, quality, metallurgy, production planning, IT, to skilled and unskilled labor positions.  They believe in investing in training and skill building which provides them with a skilled, cross-trained and teamwork based workforce.

Located in Spring Grove, they have over 300 employees with more to come. Please visit their website at: www.scotforge.com.

 

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2010 Business Champion Nominees Spotlight

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Photo L to R: Orion Samuelson – WGN Keynote Speaker, Mark Satterson – Jan Air,
Otto Dschida - Astro Craft, Craig Weidner -Scot Forge.

 

Congratulations to the 2010 Business Champions

  • Division III – Small:  Astro Craft, Spring Grove, IL
  • Division II – Medium:  Jan-Air, Inc., Richmond, IL
  • Division I – Large:  Scot Forge Company, Spring Grove, IL

 


2010 Business Champion Nominees Spotlight

 

As you look through the nominated companies for the 2010 Business Champion Awards, you will recognize some and others may be a surprise. These nominees faced our recent economic challenges by thinking out of the box, retooling, redirecting and basically reviewing their strategic plans in order to re-position themselves for the future.

“ Rethink” seemed to be a common theme for many of the nominees. Astro Craft, located in Spring Grove, used the recent economically challenged time to re-invest in their facility, retrain, retool their image and re-touch their customer base. Their customers include aerospace and military as well as local companies like Scot Forge.

“Involvement’ was another consistent theme in the nominations. Chirch Global Manufacturing in McHenry, is new to the community, but that didn’t stop their management from jumping in and trying to make a difference. Their goal was not only to help expand and grow their business, but to provide useful and practical information for neighboring companies who were all facing the challenges of our recent economy.

“Family owned” another key theme. Many of our nominees were family owned including Huemann Water Conditioning of Johnsburg and Joseph H. Huemann & Sons, Ringwood. Both have provided their customers with exceptional service, value and believe in the old fashioned good neighbor policy. That doesn’t mean they are not innovative…Joe Huemann even built an all electric car for intown service and errands.

Understanding the needs of a small community with limited access to superstores, the Stone Hill Shopping Center was founded in 1980 as Fox River Grove Limited Partnership with a goal to serving their community Flexibility and understanding as their tenants faced financial challenges, they helped support them with advertising and events.

Another small community was fortunate to have a native son start his business in Marengo, Marengo Signs. Bringing new ideas, new equipment and new technology, Marengo Signs has partnered with other local companies to provide better coordinated results.

The Woodstock Independent , a weekly newspaper provides local communities with information and low cost advertising. A one room shop, they employ local people and support the Woodstock and Harvard communities.

Cross training helped Tessler Construction, Crystal Lake, through the past construction challenges as did attention to ‘clean construction’ methods, and flexible work schedules to accommodate their customers’ needs. This company supports ‘hire local, buy local to support the local economy.

Passion can be found in most successful businesses, but Wirfs Industries in McHenry reflects a passion for welding, fabricating and finding out how equipment works. This company is nationally recognized as an equipment testing developer for fire departments and prides itself in effective use of resources and cost effective service. From the Navy base in Pearl Harbor, to Guam to municipal fire departments all around the state, McHenry’s Wirfs Industries keeps people safe and helps our first responders.

Althoff Industries (Crystal Lake) is long time family business who is an outstanding corporate citizen and strategic planner. As technology changed, they seized the opportunity to develop expertise in Geo Thermal, wind and solar systems and continue to keep abreast of new technology and skills needed for the future.

Associated Electric (Woodstock) has been in the county for 21 years and they too, while affected by the economy, focused on training and learning new technology in the Wind Turbine and Solar Energy fields.

Mastercoil Spring (McHenry) was originally founded to supply custom springs to the dispenser industry. They expanded their product base and continue to broaden their capabilities with new automated equipment and ISO certification.

Woodstock’s Silgan Plastics, provides convenience food packaging. The changes in the economy provided the impetus for them to focus on new innovative product developments to invigorate its business.

General Kinematics (Crystal Lake) celebrating 50 years this year, designs and builds large scale recycle vibrating machines as well as vibrating machines to be used at coal facilities to separate particles. It is evolving their business by moving from its foundry base, to one of more foreign sales and global markets.

Kenmode Tool & Engineering (Algonquin) turned the economic downturn into an opportunity to upgrade its manufacturing facilities, train employees, upgrade its strategic plan and invest in additional equipment and certifications. Founded 50 years ago, they employees are ‘family’ and they provided support and communicated via plant meetings on how the recession was affecting operations, keeping everyone involved and aware.

Watlow (Richmond) another 50 year company, reached out to their employees to help overcome challenges. Through strong communication and dialog, the company kept their employees engaged and they are now poised to invest in several new strategic opportunities. Wauconda Tool & Engineering (Algonquin) was founded 60 years ago. Faced with the negative impact of its core automotive base, it shifted its focus and seized on opportunities in the medical devices arena. Communicating with their employees, they worked through the challenges together and are eager for their new opportunities.

Dean Foods (Huntley and Harvard) was founded in the 1920’s. For 85 years, this company has been a leader in the industry providing milk and related products. Reacting to the consumer needs, Dean Foods also provides organic dairy and soymilk as well as Morningstar products. Here too, the company has adopted a ‘Continuous Improvement’ program which engages and communicates with their employees to reduce costs and improve products.

From submarines to aircraft Carriers, Spring Grove’s Scot Forge, raises the visibility of McHenry County. In business for 32 years, they are 100% employee owned. New machinery, more capabilities and updated laboratory space has positioned them to seek new industries to add to the over 20 different markets currently served.

Corporate Disk Company (McHenry) is a manufacturer of DVD’s. and has digital printing capacity to print marketing and training manuals for companies across the US and abroad They too broadened their capabilities by investing in high tech shipping/inventory software, a complete ERP system, and new packaging and printing equipment. These improvements position them to expand their services and increase their markets.

Obviously, ‘same old, same old’ doesn’t work in today’s world. The other common thread among our business champion nominees was communication - keeping the employees engaged and aware of the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The ‘huddle’ was the communication tool Curran Contracting Company (Crystal Lake) used to keep employees engaged and aware during weekly meetings to keep communication flowing. In business for 72 years – 5 generations, they continually invest in new equipment to remain competitive and reacted to the changes in the economy by shifting their sector focus.

In business since 1949, Jan-Air, Inc. (1949)(Richmond) was also affected by the economy and dramatic changes in their customer base. They instituted weekly meetings with the employees to share the company’s challenges and are focusing on new machines and new processes.

Family Services (McHenry) has provided mental health and substance abuse services for 50 years. Faced with funding challenges, communication was the tool they used to keep staff, volunteers, and clients informed. Through creative collaboration and programming and their dedicated and informed staff, services are available for those in need.

Exemplar Financial Network (Crystal Lake) provides professional financial planning services. The affects of the recession are far reaching and EFN provides continuous updates for those considering retirement and for those needing to create long range financial plans. A strong community supporter, EFN is active in a wide variety of organizations.

Congratulations to all of the nominees. McHenry County is fortunate to have such quality companies positively affecting our economy and employing our residents.

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2009 Business Champion Award

McHenry County EDC 2009 Business Champions!

 

Award Winners

2009 Business Champions

 

Division III – Small

Stan’ Office Technologies

Since 1960, Stan’s Office Technologies has been providing business solutions and outstanding services to the McHenry County business community. Stanley J. Steadman founded the company 49 years ago with the vision of providing a local machine dealership. They have a tenured staff of 26 employees and are proud of the support they give to many non-profit service organizations. Stan’s Office Technologies is thriving and has achieved double digit growth over the past five years with the expectation of continued growth.

 

Division II – Medium

Millennium Electronics, Inc.

Millennium Electronics, Inc. is a preferred Electronics Manufacturing Services provider to the Aerospace, Defense, Medical, Telecommunication & Industrial Control Industries. Named one of the top “101 Best and Brightest Companies to work for in Chicagoland” five years in a row by the National Association of Business Resources, Millennium has always called McHenry County home since it was created in 1995. Nearly all of its 100 employees are from McHenry County where they support our communities.

 

Division I – Large

Medela, Inc.

Since 1980, Medela has been located in McHenry County and has over 300 employees. A very family oriented company, their goal is to share the provide products to enhance and support the health of moms and babies. Medela is a privately held company and an outstanding corporate citizen. They have received many awards for innovation and customer service and are recognized as an outstanding place to work.

 

Individual Business Champion

Todd Bessey

Todd Bessey started his company in 2002 and has actively been building his business while supporting the community and working with organizations that foster a business environment for entrepreneurs and established businesses. A volunteer with nearly 700 hours of commitment to the Friends of McHenry County Foundation board and the MCC Promise Committee, Todd is an outstanding business champion building his business as well as working on behalf of the county.

 


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2008 Business Champion Award

MCEDC 2008 Business Champions

2008championsMCEDC’s Business Champion Awards!  Congratulations to all of our finalists in this exciting contest. McHenry County is fortunate to have so many outstanding and truly unique companies with a tremendous amount of expertise and business acumen.  Our judges advised us that it was a very difficult endeavor and they wished their counties had such outstanding corporate citizens!

 

Congratulations to all of our winners!

 

 

EesleyIndividual Business Champion - Mike Eesley, Centegra Health System

Mike has made a profound difference to our community since he joined Centegra Health System in 1999. A strong leader with strategic vision he has led his team to multiple nationally-recognized awards. A shining example of his commitment and dedication, the legacy of Leadership Greater McHenry County will have far reaching affects on McHenry County.

 

 

blanchardIndividual Business Champion - Special Recognition, John Blanchard, National Association of Systems Administrators 

John created NASA Education in 1999, a nonprofit to offer tuition for worthy individuals. It now provides actual job training for U.S. veterans who are displaced, disabled, homeless or in transition. He also sponsors Stand Down for Veterans which provides many services to McHenry County Veterans.

 

 

KopczynskiPioneer Center for Human Services - CEO, Lorraine Kopczynski   

This non-profit organization offers counseling, vocational training, rehabilitation and other services to adults and children with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. Pioneer also operates McHenry County’s largest emergency housing program for the homeless and the county’s only certified sexual assault services program for adults.

 

 

oconnorOther World Computing - CEO, Larry O’Connor 

A division of New Concepts Development Corp., OWC provides hardware products to the computer industry, and through its e-commerce portal, www.macsales.com, features one of the largest online catalogs of computer and iPod enhancement products available to support the latest Apple models as well as vintage Macs still in use.

 

 

HoushPrairie Ridge Media- CEO, Carla Housh       

This Cary-based company publishes the regional glossy magazine, McHenry County Living, which celebrates the good life in McHenry County by chronicling the people, places, events and history that make McHenry County a great place to live, and Incident Prevention, a b-to-b publication with corresponding conferences and trade shows.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION CHAMPION AWARDS were presented to Congressman Don Manzullo and Congresswoman Melissa Bean by MCEDC Chairman of the Board, Dr. Walt Packard. Gary Overbay, Vice Chairman of the MCEDC Transportation and Infrastructure introduced the legislators and explained the awards.

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The MCEDC was founded on the transportation crisis in Algonquin and transportation has been a key focus of our organization since that time. Both Congressman Manzullo and Congresswoman Bean joined in with enthusiasm and untold effort to help us as soon as they took office and saw our needs. We have gone repeatedly to them for help, and we have always found hard work and effort on behalf of McHenry County. The struggle to modernize our transportation infrastructure will take many years, but it is a comfort to know that both Don and Melissa will work tirelessly to help us all along the way. MCEDC sincerely thanks Congressman Manzullo and Congresswoman Bean our MCEDC Transportation Champions!

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