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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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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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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.

2014 Legislative Breakfast

Over 100 business executives attended the McHenry County EDC Annual Legislative Breakfast. State Senator Pam Althoff, District 32, and State Representative Mike Tryon, District 66, Provided highlights on the recent legislative session as well as their committees, legislation they have introduced and their primary concerns.

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Setting for the 2014 Annual Legislative Breakfast   MCEDC President Pam Cumpata
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Representative Mike Tryon   State Senator Pam Althoff


MCEDC Legislative Breakfast 2014

MCEDC Legislative Breakfast 2014 from McHenry County EDC on Vimeo.


Photos by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

Workforce Development Week

More Details about the upcoming Workforce Development Week

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National Workforce Network Development Week SKILLS FAIR

On Tuesday August 26th, The McHenry County Workforce Network and the Illinois Manufacturing of Excellence Center (IMEC) will kick off National Workforce Development week with a Skills Fair. Rather than a traditional hiring fair where candidates dress up and deliver resumes, this Skills Fair will put local plastics manufacturers face-to-face with job seekers who will demonstrate their job skills.

Workforce Network & IMEC have teamed up with Skill Scout, a Chicago start-up who has created this new way of hiring by helping companies communicate what their job actually entails with a compelling video and skill-based job profile. Similarly, companies review candidates by seeing them demonstrate job skills.

“Job postings and resumes don’t work. They don’t represent the job or the candidate very well,” says Elena Valentine, co-founder of Skill Scout. “Companies spend billions of dollars on job boards only to receive an overwhelming pile of resumes. It’s because of this misalignment that thousands of jobs go unfilled and thousands of candidates go unhired.”

This collaborative effort has been supported by the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance who focuses on ways to increase employment and earnings for underprepared workers.

“These companies, like many, are facing the skills mismatch challenge” says David Boulay, President of IMEC. “They have worked together over the past few months to find new and unique solutions to solve their workforce challenges. This skills fair is the culmination of their work.”

But, Skills Fairs don’t just benefit companies; they benefit the candidate as well. One candidate who recently attended a manufacturing Skills Fair in Chicago said, “I didn’t have to sell myself with my words. I could sell myself with my work.”

The ability to showcase one’s talent gives candidates a better shot at an interview and eventual hire. For companies, a short list of candidates to observe and interact with enables better hiring decisions. Companies can see a candidate’s technical and personal skill.

“We look forward to working with Skill Scout to showcase the Skills Fair concept as a new way of recruitment for employers and job seekers in an interactive setting,” says Julie Courtney, Director of McHenry County Workforce Network.

Candidates interested in participating in the Skills Fair are welcome to apply by taking a short online recruitment survey to ensure they meet the minimum criteria. Only 40-45 candidates will be invited to attend. For those who don’t qualify, the McHenry County Network wants to connect and provide support for other employment opportunities available in the area.  Visit to learn more.

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