McHenry County EDC News

I Make America Tour

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).


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Mobile Welding Lab this Friday in Crystal Lake!

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.

Robotics Team Heading to Spain

Crystal Lake Robotics team goes to Spain

fruit-salad-robotics-teamFruit 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 For more information about FLL, go to

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McHenry County high schools students to learn about manufacturing at the Illinois Manufacturing & Technology Show

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.

SAVE THE DATE - June 12, 2014

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.


New Manufacturing Research Lab planned for our region

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.


Save the Date: May 7, 2014 - Go Global Conference

Go Global Conference 2014 - Cutting Edge Information on International Trade

Date: May 7, 2014 – Location: Giovanni’s in Rockford, IL

Learn more! Visit: 

Register NOW  for Go Global 2014

Stateline's Premier International Trade Conference


Join us on

May 7, 2014

Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center
610 N Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107


Registration is $99 per person

Continental breakfast and lunch included


To register,  click here  or call Go Global at 815-969-4267


Learn how to develop and implement a proactive international business development strategy at this one-day conference. International trade experts will speak on a variety of topics essential to your company's global success.


Topics Include:

  • Export Business Planning: The Building Blocks for Global Success
  • Five Secrets of Going Global with Success
  • Market Selection
  • The State of the Global Economy
  • Supply chain strategy 


Attend Go Global if you are an executive manager of:  

  • Corporate Legal
  • Operations
  • Procurement
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Supply Chain
  • Trade Compliance  


Five Reasons to Reserve Your Seat at Go Global Now!

  • Take away practical information on relevant global topics
  • Learn from globally recognized experts in their fields
  • Network and compare notes with business executives from around the Stateline
  • Build your resource network with the highest concentration of experts in the Stateline
  • Brand your organization as a global leader at this premiere international trade event  


Leave confident and inspired, feeling better informed and genuinely excited about your business's global growth opportunities!  

View the 2014 Go Global Conference agenda and speakers list.

Promote YOUR company by sponsoring Go Global 2014.


 For Sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Carrie Zethmayr of the RAEDC at 815-969-4263



For more information, visit the Go Global website and follow us on Facebook.



The primary role of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council is to enhance wealth creation in the Rockford Region by marketing the area and helping employers retain and create quality jobs. The RAEDC works closely with many partners to serve as a one-stop resource for clients, to improve the competitiveness of the region, and to engage the community in the work of economic development.



The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center of the Rockford Area (ITC) is a program that works directly with companies to increase the total value of goods exported from the Rockford Area of Illinois. Services are provided to companies to walk them through the process of establishing and growing an export program. The ITC also can provide assistance to foreign companies interested in sourcing manufactured products from the United States.   



Tebots, Inc. helps with Tornado Cleanup

Business Champion nominee Tebots, Inc. helps with Tornado Cleanup

Tebots team at Tornado cleanup smallTebots, Inc. of Huntley sends Crew to Coal City / Diamond, Il.  Friday Nov. 22,  to aid with Tornado Site Cleanup.

Robert Tegel, President of Tebots, Inc. issued the following statement on his team's return from helping with Tornado cleanup.

"The amount of damage was significant and undifferentiating. The local people of these communities did a phenomenal job of immediately responding to clean up. From what I was told the cleanup began twenty minutes after the storm passed.  I was impressed by the organization and overall support headed by the local government. Recognized immediately, was the positive attitudes of those involved and the well-organized management of countless volunteers.  A response by the public from all over the region, demonstrates what we all can do in community.  Volunteering puts our country back together. They truly appreciated us being there.

We all had a positive experience and no injuries.  A valued glove went into the chipper; our only negative for the day.  Our crew was so thrilled we were invited to help. In my opinion there is no greater joy than to help someone else in situations like this.   

"Thanks to our fantastic team and the cities of Diamond and Coal City for making this such a positive experience in your time of need!"

Congratulations to Tebots for stepping up and helping out ... no wonder they are a 2 time Business Champion nominee!

2013 Annual Investors Meeting

Annual Meeting of Investors held November 19, 2013

The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation held its Annual Meeting of Investors and Annual Board of Directors Meeting on November 19th, 2013.


“McHenry County EDC has been a consistent voice for business for the over 22 years. Our mission is to support the creation of primary jobs by focusing on retention, expansion and attraction” said Chairman of the Board Gary Overbay, as he reviewed activities for 2013.


Two new Board of Directors were elected to the board – Hank Holly, Director of Operations - Aptargroup and Dean Breuer, External Affairs Manager - ComEd. Other Board of Directors also elected and who will be serving from 2014 to 2016 are Brad Heldt - Home State Bank, Dave Johnson – Village of Huntley, Mark Steadman - Stan’s Office Technologies. Elected to serve a second term are Susan Milford – Centegra Health System and John Rung – Shaw Media.


Chairman Overbay continued “MCEDC affects positive change and economic growth; strategic leadership is vital as we move ahead with our 2014 – 2017 Strategic Plan and we are pleased to have the professional acumen of these outstanding leaders”.


The officers of the corporation for 2014 - 2016 were also elected and are Chairman of the Board Susan Milford, Centegra Health System - Vice Chairman James Maravich, BMO Harris – Treasurer David Hubbard, Exemplar Financial and Secretary Mark Saladin, Zanck, Coen Wright & Saladin, PC.


Recognized for their contributions and efforts on behalf of McHenry County EDC was retiring Board Members Joe Foley, Corporate Disk and Gary Overbay, Civiltech Engineering.


McHenry County EDC President, Pam Cumpata, extended her appreciation and thanks to the Board and to all of the investor/members of the organization who have supported our efforts financially, but also contributed over 556 hours of their time to help grow the economy. She reported further that “throughout the year, we have been able to provide customized support to over 700 businesses, municipalities, residents and government entities. We have raised the visibility of McHenry County regionally, nationally and internationally. Our resource capabilities have been broadened with the addition of demographic statistical reporting and economic modeling software enabling us to create over 400 requested individualized reports. Through our business advocacy and customized support, we increased our assistance 56% over 2012 and our support impacted 21,700 employees equaling 30% of the total primary employment in McHenry County. Other highlights include the 6th Annual Business Champions recognition, the Manufacturing Matchmaking event where we facilitated over 600 one to one business appointments to increase supply chain opportunities and began initial work on creating a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for McHenry County. We continued to work steadily on infrastructure including the ongoing fiber optic broadband project, and are proud of our contribution to the creation of the full interchange at IL 47 and I 90 in Huntley. 


Cumpata commented further “2013 was very successful and with the leadership, guidance and support of our Board of Directors and investor/members, and our collaborative partners. We look forward to 2014 as we continue to advance business and help build the economic wealth of McHenry County.”

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