McHenry County EDC News

C Ideas Featured in Design World Article

A local business, C Ideas, was featured in Design World magazine recently.

C Ideas was a 2014 Business Champion Nominee. MCEDC is proud of their accomplishments and well deserved recognition.

Read the article: 3D scanning and printing used to retrofit Lotus 340R

Industrial Energy Workshop

Learn about managing energy demand in manufacturing facilities & how ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business® financial incentives can help

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Northern Illinois University- Rockford
8500 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Please contact Bea Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-969-4255 by December 8, 2014.


Video of MCEDC Annual Dinner Keynote Speaker, Eric Tech

Eric Tech, Navistar's Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning, and President, Global and Specialty Businesses was the Keynote Speaker at this year's MCEDC Annual Dinner. He shared the challenges, difficulties and sometimes difficult strategic decisions made to revitalize his company and plan for future growth and sustainability.

Rapid Water Design Open House

Announcing an upcoming Rapid Water Design


Burnex Open House

Announcing an upcoming Open House at Burnex


Announcing an upcoming Rapid Water Design


Map of All Manufacturing and Service Clusters in McHenry County

In preparation for our recent Federal Manufacturing Community Designation, MCEDC working with McHenry County staff, developed a map identifying the various manufacturing clusters, i.e. Plastics, Metal, Machine Shops, Medical Equipment, etc. Our Manufacturing sector is responsible for 23% of our GRP or $2.2 Billion and employs 13% of our workforce or 16, 269. It is the largest of our 20 economic sectors in McHenry County.

Click this link or the map below to view a full-size pdf


2014 Business Champion Awards Finalists Announced

Pam Cumpata, President of the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) announced the 2014 Business Champion finalists today. In its seventh year, MCEDC recognizes outstanding companies who have made a positive impact on McHenry County’s economy and who are exceptional primary employers. (A primary employer is defined as the one creating a product or service that is principally sold outside of a region, thereby generating new money and profits into the region. Examples include manufacturing, back-office operations or service centers, corporate headquarters, distribution facilities and research and development to name a few.) Business Champions typically are companies with strong vision, a solid long range business strategy, as well as best practices that make them stand out among others.

The 2014 Business Champion finalists are: Charter Dura-Bar, Claussen Pickles – Kraft Foods, Dean Foods, Kenmode, TEQ, Rita Corporation, Poly-One, Metalmaster Roofmaster, MAC Automation, Swiss Automation, Mastercoil Spring, Charles Herdrich & Sons, AdvanTech Plastics, C-Ideas, Precision Ground, Inc., Radicom, Tegel Design, Used CNC Inc. and Working World Staffing. All the finalists will be introduced during the MCEDC Annual Dinner Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake.

The 2014 Business Champions in each category (Over 300 employees, Large 100 to 299 employees, Medium 25 to 99 employees, and Small 1 to 24 employees) will be announced at the dinner and presented their awards by keynote speaker, Eric Tech, Senior VP Strategy & Planning, President Global and Specialty Businesses of Navistar Inc. The 2014 Business Champions will join the prestigious list of Business Champions including: Phoenix Woodworking, Advanced Flexible Composites, Watlow and Covidien in 2013; Chroma Corporation, All-Rite Spring, Impact Plastics in 2012; Other World Computing, Dordan Manufacturing, Joule Technologies in 2011; Scot Forge, Jan Air, Astro Craft in 2010; Medela, Millennium Electronics, Stan’s Office Technologies in 2009; Pioneer Center for Human Services, Prairie Ridge Media/McHenry County Living, & New Concepts Development Corporation/Other World Computing in 2008.

Additional information or tickets for the Annual Dinner are available on line at – events.

#### The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit private-public business advocacy group comprised of business and industry investors from throughout the county. Its mission is to encourage and develop the economic health of McHenry County, Illinois through the retention, expansion and attraction of commerce and industry. A non-governmental organization, the McHenry County EDC seeks to work with local, county, state and federal legislators to foster, enhance and improve the economic vitality of McHenry County. For more information call Jean Schober at 815.895-0895 or visit the website at

MCEDC Celebrates Manufacturing Day!

MCEDC celebrated Manufacturing Day on October 3rd with a Manufacturing Expo, Car Show, Countywide Billboards, facility tours and even a tinker skills opportunity for attendees.

While the weather was quite cold...even had snowflakes, almost 100 brave souls came to our Expo which we held at the former Oak Industries facility on Main & Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake.

Thanks to our manufacturers for setting up their displays and providing information on the products they make and the way they make them.

A big hit was the Crystal Lake Robotics teams who showed off their robots and did a great job of explaining their program.  Look for them at our Annual Dinner on October 28th!

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Photos by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

Metro Chicago Exports

MCEDC has been working with our economic development partners as well as county officials from the seven counties in Northeastern Illinois and the City of Chicago over the past several months to create Metro Chicago Exports (MCE). This unprecedented collaboration is designed to increase exports from small and midsized enterprises and to support regional job growth. MCE aims to catalyze a shift in economic development priorities and practices resulting in more globally connected metropolitan areas and more sustainable economic growth.

The reason for this effort is that growth has accelerated outside the Unites States and it is felt that continued economic growth and vitality lies in exporting. The Chicago region is the nation’s 4th largest exporter at $65 billion according to data from Brooking Metropolitan Policy Program report, but ranks only 28th in exports as a share of GRP. The report further identified that only 6% of the regional small and mid size enterprises actually export.

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Photos by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

This pilot program will assist manufacturers and business service companies to reach international markets and will focus on 3 initial strategies:

  1. Build the pipeline of export ready firms
  2. Strengthen the export ecosystem and
  3. Reduce the initial business costs to reach new markets.

Metro Chicago Exports will provide guidance to public services specifically tailored to their export opportunities and needs; Provide connections to private sector partners based on industry and market opportunities needs reducing the informational barriers to exporting; Provide access to market analyses, business plan development and referrals to help realize export opportunities; engage export mentors to facilitate best practice exchange and secure resources to lessen the burden of starting the exporting process.

Your MCEDC is proud to be a part of this exciting effort.

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