Created on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:24
For the past six years, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has recognized 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.) These companies have vision, strategy, as well as best practices that make them stand out among others.
You may have a corporate park neighbor, a supplier or customer that you find exceptional or you may be an employee who feels their employer provides a great work environment or goes the extra mile to help the employees. Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Business Champion Awards. As a CEO or a member of the executive team of a company that is proud of recent expansion, acquisition, special project or growth, we welcome your self-nomination.
Nominations categories are based on the number of employees - small -24 or less, medium – 25 to 100, large - over 100, as well as a special category for those companies who have over 300 employees. Judges are business leaders from outside of the county.
After a company is nominated, members of the MCEDC Business Champion task force will reach out to the nominated companies to explain the Business Champion program and provide assistance. All nominees are introduced during the MCEDC Annual Dinner Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, and also have an opportunity to display their product or company marketing materials at the event. The 2014 Business Champions will be announced at the dinner and presented with their awards by our keynote speaker, Eric Tech, Senior VP Strategy & Planning, President Global and Specialty Businesses of Navistar Inc.
Pam Cumpata, MCEDC President stated “MCEDC’s previous Business Champions – Phoenix Woodstock, 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 are all exceptional primary employers and valuable corporate citizens. We look forward to adding to this prestigious list of McHenry County employers”.
The deadline for submitting Business Champion nominations is August 30, 2014. CLICK HERE for the Nomination form or call the MCEDC office at 815.893-0895.
Created on Monday, 16 June 2014 08:38
Burnex Corporation Acquires Diemode Tool, Inc.RINGWOOD, IL – Burnex Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Diemode Tool, Inc., formerly located in Genoa City, IL. Burnex has acquired the assets including the production tooling along with their current customers. Chuck Duha, President of Diemode, will bring his experience and expertise along with him to Burnex. We are pleased to have him joining our team! As explained by Manfred Suhr CEO and Scott Suhr President.
“Diemode Tool Inc. has been in business since 1984; a family owned and operated business. Their manufacturing and die design is a perfect match for how Burnex prides themselves on building and designing high quality dies to last. All of their parts will fit into our production presses with no additional capital equipment required”.
Chuck Duha started his apprenticeship in 1981. Along with tool and die making, he has also learned die design. With those qualifications and experience, he will assist with day to day operations and engineering assistance here at Burnex Corp.
Founded in 1972 by Manfred Suhr CEO, Burnex has remained a family-owned and operated business. 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.
For more information, visit www.BurnexCorp.com or call Matt Gilmore, Regional Sales Manager, at 815.728.1317, extension 204.
CLICK HERE to visit www.burnexcorp.com
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 18:30
Thanks to General Kinematics (Crystal Lake) for hosting the I Make America Tour on Friday June 6, 2014. Recognized for its manufacturing of vibrating feeders, conveyors and process equipment, General Kinematics is a vital contributor to McHenry County’s economy. It’s management and employees were on hand to view the specially created ‘I Make America’ Harley-Davison Road King as well as learn about the I Make America domestic public policy advocacy group of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:41
Congratulations to First Institute and the cooperative partnership efforts which has resulted in the creation of the Mobile Welding Lab. This lab is available for on-site training and will help prepare workers to meet the demands and needs of our local manufacturers.
Take a tour inside the bus on Friday, April 4th, from 2 to 4 PM outside of Knaack Mfg. Co. - 420 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL.
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:18
Fruit Salad, an all-girl robotics team, is traveling to Pamplona, Spain to participate in the FIRST Lego League Open European Championship. Fruit Salad is one of eight teams selected from over 14,000 to represent the United States and Canada in this global competition.
FIRST Lego League (FLL) is an international program for youths ages 8 to 14 that aims to increase interest in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - as well as teach valuable employment and life skills.
Fruit Salad is comprised of six 8th grade girls from Crystal Lake. The team earned the First Place Champions' Award at a regional tournament in Harvard in December and advanced to the Northern Illinois state competition held in Arlington Heights in February where they took the Second Place Champions Award. As a result of their outstanding performance, Fruit Salad was invited to the FLL Open European Championship where they will compete in a field of 90 teams from 70 countries across the globe. The girls will be traveling to Spain for this competition, which takes place May 28–31.
Fruit Salad will be hosting several fundraisers to subsidize their trip. Join the girls for a meal at the following locations and help them get to Spain:
Tuesday, April 1st from 5-8pm at the Culver's in Crystal Lake
Wednesday, April 9th from 5-9pm at the Chipotle in Crystal Lake
Thursday, April 17th from 5-8pm at Nick's Pizza in Crystal Lake
Tuesday, April 22nd from 11am-10pm at the Fuddruckers in Algonquin
For more information about Fruit Salad or to make a tax deductible donation, please visit www.clrobotics.org/fll/fruitsalad/. For more information about FLL, go to www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll.
Created on Friday, 21 March 2014 14:51
Your McHenry County Economic Development Corporation is again hoping to spark interest in manufacturing by bringing our high school students to the premier manufacturing technology show being held this September at McCormick Place.
This will be the 30th edition of the ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING & TECHNOLOGY SHOW (IMTS) with over 1,900 exhibiting companies, occupying 1,240,863 net square feet of exhibit space. IMTS is held every even-numbered year in Chicago and attracts more than 100,000 buyers and sellers from over 112 countries.
In 2012, thanks to our manufacturing partners, we were able to bring 844 McHenry County high school students via 15 coach buses to McCormick place to attend the show and participate in the student center opportunities. This year, we already have had requests from local high schools and may need 20 to 25 buses. Businesses, municipalities, organizations and individuals who wish to sponsor a bus should contact our office.
Here in McHenry County, the manufacturing sector is responsible for 25% of our economy. We are proactively working to address both the skills gap and the forecasted retirement impact in our workforce by engaging our youth. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education is vital and we hope to show our young people some of the opportunities in advanced manufacturing and innovative technology, and how STEM education can lead to practical applications, good paying jobs, and careers.
Created on Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:04
We are excited to annouce our 2014 Manufacturing Matchmaking Event. This 'speed dating' for manufacturers will be held Thursday, June 12th at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake. CASTLE BANK is the sponsor of this event which is now in its sixth year. Details will be available soon.
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:25
Chicago's Goose Island aea will be home to the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. Announced this week, this lab is the result of a public-private partnership which includes 23 Universities and over 40 other companies, organizations and entitites. The Executive Director of the facility is Caralynn Nowinski. The goal of the institute is to be a place for manufacturers to learn about the latest digital technoloigies. Reserachers and entrepreneurs alike will be able to work out ideas, try new theories, products and hopefully grow businesses. Director Nowinski emphasized in the Chicago Tribune article on February 24, 2014, that the goal is not to just do research, but "commercialize" so that new products are created as well as jobs.
Created on Saturday, 01 February 2014 09:30
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