McHenry County EDC News

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND MCEDC Manufacturing Matchmaking Event

Manufacturing Matchmaking Event - Think 'speed dating' for manufacturers!

Back by popular demand, MCEDC will host our fifth matchmaking event on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM.  

This event is for Manufacturers Only!

Castle Bank is our investor sponsor for this event and there is no cost to you or your company. 

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Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with seven companies for preselected ten minute appointments. Formal matches will end at 10:30 AM and there will be an opportunity for open matches and networking until 11:30 AM.

How it works -  once registrations are finalized, a listing of all participating companies will be emailed to you.  You review the list and using our convenient online selection form, select and rank your preferred matches (up to ten). Upon arrival on the 11th, you will receive a detailed match schedule. Bring business cards, brochures, and product samples.  

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS FEBRUARY 14th!   Click here to register! 

This event is for Manufacturers Only!

Call Jean with any questions 815.893.0895.


Provide a safe environment for your workforce


• OSHA Electrical & Arc Flash Safety Training  - Jan. 28

OSHA 10 Hr. for Construction Training Program Feb. 18 & 20

First Aid/CPR/AED/BBP Training  March 6

OSHA 10 Hr. Voluntary Compliance-General Industry- March 11 & 13

Forklift Operator –March 15 or April 19

for course details contact

815-455-8593  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

McHenry County College The Shah Center

4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL  60050

2013 Officers and Board Members Elected

The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation held its Annual Meeting of Investors and Annual Board of Directors Meeting on November 13th, 2012.

“McHenry County EDC has been a consistent voice for business for the over 21 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 2012.


Two new Board of Directors were elected to the board – Carolin Archibald, President, Medela, Inc. and Michelle Rentzsch, Director Planning and Economic Development, City of Crystal Lake. These new board members will serve their first term from 2013 to 2015. Chairman Overbay continued “MCEDC affects positive change and economic growth; strategic leadership is vital during these economically challenging times and we are pleased to have the professional acumen of these outstanding leaders”.

The officers of the corporation for 2013 were also elected and are Chairman of the Board, Gary Overbay, Civiltech Engineering, Vice Chairman, Susan Milford, Centegra Health System, Treasurer, Jamie Maravich, BMO Harris Bank and Secretary, Blake Hobson, Image Industries. 

Recognized for his contribution and efforts on behalf of McHenry County EDC was retiring Board Member Rob Grammer, McHenry Savings Bank.  

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 not only supported our efforts financially, but have contributed over 800 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 1,800 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 1200 requested individualized reports.   Engaging the future workforce continued to be a major focus and we were pleased to bring the 844 students to the International Manufacturing and Technology Show in Chicago with a goal of instilling in them an interest in manufacturing and the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education. Finally, we continued to work steadily on infrastructure including the ongoing fiberoptic broadband project, and were able to celebrate four major transportation projects – completion of widening to five lanes of IL 47 through downtown Huntley, a project more than 10 years in planning with funding through Congressman Manzullo; a groundbreaking of a full interchange at IL 47 and I 90 with funding from McHenry County, the Village of Huntley, Kane County, IDOT and the Illinois Tollway; groundbreaking of the Western Algonquin Bypass whose advocacy was the trigger for founding McHenry County EDC with funding obtained from IDOT, Congressman Manzullo, Senator Durbin and former the then Senator Obama; and the rededication of Rakow Road widened to four/six lanes with the funding from Congressman Manzullo and the County transportation bonding program.”

Cumpata commented further “2012 was very successful and with the leadership, guidance and support of our Board of Directors and investor/members, we look forward to 2013 as we continue to help build the economic wealth of McHenry County.”

Export Business Trade Fair @MCC Shah Center

Attention Manufacturers!

Don’t miss the Export Business Trade Fair at McHenry County College Shah Center

Dec. 7, 2012     8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

"As a manufacturer, if you are currently exporting or considering the potential of entering world markets in the future I would strongly encourage attendance at this event"

Catherine Jones, Executive Director Workforce, Business and Community Programs


The Illinois Small Business Development Center at

McHenry County College







Friday, Dec. 7

8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

NBD S70 001    $10 pp

(includes continental breakfast and box lunch)



Attention Manufacturers


  • Meet representatives from Australia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Taiwan Thailand, and Turkey consulates to discuss export opportunities
  • Hear trade updates
  • Learn about support services currently available to assist in entering new markets and expanding existing efforts
  • Attend breakout sessions:

o   Marketing, Research & Business Development

o   Banking, Finance & Law

o   Manufacturing Logistics & Compliance

  • Reserve tabletop space for manufacturer’s displays (space limited-reserve a.s.a.p.)


For more information or to register:

815-455-6098  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


McHenry County College Shah Center

4100 W. Shamrock Lane

McHenry, IL  60050

SEE Keynote Speaker Rick Stephen keynote address

Rick Stephens, Senior VP of The Boeing Company was the keynote speaker at the October 11th, 2012 MCEDC Annual Dinner. His presentation was enthusiastically received by the almost 400 business, education and government leaders attending the dinner. See his thought provoking comments by clicking here.

SEE Keynote Speaker Rick Stephen keynote address

Greening Living Expo - November 3rd at MCC

5th Annual Green Living Expo

Our Green Transformation

Saturday, November 3, 2012
10 AM - 3 PM

MCC Gymnasium
8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake

FREE Admission

Learn how to “green” your life and your community at the McHenry County Green Living Expo. This free event features over 50 local businesses and organizations in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin offering eco-friendly products and services.  In addition, live demos and free drawings will be throughout the day. 


Featuring eco-friendly vendors, prizes and more, the Green Living Expo is an excellent opportunity for area businesses and organizations to showcase green products and services and educate the public about sustainable practices.   The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in MCC’s multi-purpose room (gymnasium).   Entrance to the Expo is FREE to the public, yielding large crowds and high attendance rates!  Merchandise can be sold at exhibitor tables, however the sale of perishable items is not permitted.  Consider becoming a Green Living Expo Demo Sponsor – an opportunity to publicize your product/service on an even greater level!  See the attached exhibitor form for more info.

For great savings, submit a completed exhibitor registration form with payment by October 25.  For more table information, please contact Kristine Emrich at 815-479-7570, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Caron Wenzel at 815-338-4716, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you will join us for McHenry County’s premiere green networking event!

View Press Release

Congratulations 2012 Business Champions

Read the Northwest Herald Article - October 15, 2012 - Three crowned McHenry County Business Champions

Northwest Herald Article: Tech show 'an eye opener' for students

Northwest Herald published an article about local students attendance at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. These McHenry County high school students were sponsored by the EDC, Scot Forge, Sage Products and Wells Manufacturing.


Read the full article 'Tech show 'an eye opener' for students' here - Northwest Herald Article: Tech show 'an eye opener' for students

September Successes


REMINDER - ONLY WEEKS AWAY!  Register today for our Annual Dinner on October 11th.    Keynote speaker is the senior VP of The Boeing Company, Rick Stephens!  Click here to register!  

Fifteen buses, 9 high schools and 844 students later, we can say, based on student and teacher responses and thank you notes, that the MCEDC effort to bring our McHenry County high school students to the Illinois Technology Manufacturing Show in Chicago was a success. 


Our goal was to create an understanding of the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and to create an appetite for manufacturing careers.  Many wrote that they now how an interest in manufacturing, commented on the high tech machines and the variety of products created. 


To set the stage for the day, MCEDC created a video which was shown on the buses as they traveled to Chicago.  The video, is on our website (click here) featured Doug Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar, and showcased some of our manufacturers. 


Thanks to our partners for supporting this effort financially - Scot Forge, Sage Products & Wells Manufacturing.  We appreciate the access provided to us by our video partners -  Astro Craft, Inc., Chirch Global Manufacturing, LLC, Chroma Corporation, Corporate Disk Company, Knaack Manufacturing, PEP Wauconda Tool, Sage Products, Scot Forge, and WM Plastics, Inc.    We also want to thank JA Frate & Scot Forge for mentoring students on the buses.


The Algonquin Western Bypass Groundbreaking took place on September 17th, 2012 with over 100 leaders in attendance.

This was the founding project of the MCEDC 21 years ago.  It took perseverance, collaboration, cooperation and the efforts of many, many people to bring it to fruition.

Gary Overbay, MCEDC Chairman of the Board, welcomed everyone and provided history of the project. Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Don Manzullo, Senator Pam Althoff, Village of Algonquin President John Schmitt, County Board Chairman Ken Koehler and IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider spoke at the event. The late Bill Dwyer, MCEDC Transportation Committee member and leader of the McHenry County Road Warriors was remembered and recognized for his leadership.  His widow, Joyce Dwyer was introduced and participated in the groundbreaking.  To see a video of the event, please click here. 

Another infrastructure project which MCEDC has been spearheading relates to broadband and connectivity.  The Illinois Century Network received a $96 million grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to bring high speed fiber to Illinois' Community Colleges.  The original route submitted for McHenry County College proved to not be viable.  In January 2012, the ICN group met with representatives from MCEDC, McHenry County government, municipalities, and MCC to discuss alternative routes.  During the next few months, there were many additional meetings, emails, conference calls and efforts to ensure that the route to MCC would be included in the project.   

On Tuesday, September 11, we received a call confirming that an amended route has been approved and the project will move into the construction division to schedule construction of the route.   This is great news for MCC and McHenry County.  On September 27th, the  Broadband Group will meet again to discuss additional opportunities this fiber route presents for increased speed, redundancy, disaster recovery operations, etc.
The ICN representatives are extremely pleased that McHenry County is thinking about additional function, benefits and opportunities this project will present, which was the basis for this grant from the beginning.  Success again because of cooperation, collaboration and consistency of direction.

Be on the lookout for the 2012 Economic Census forms from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Selected companies will receive forms in October, but most will get them in December.  Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has called this census "indispensable to understanding America's economy." Taken every five years, the Economic Census "assures the accuracy of the statistics we rely on for sound economic policy and for successful business planning," said Bernanke. 




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