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Manufacturing: Filling the Talent Pipeline Series

 
Manufacturing:
Filling the Talent Pipeline Series
“As of December 2017, there [are] 12.5 million manufacturing jobs.”
 
Sales are increasing but there are not enough
skilled workers to fill these positions
 
Learn how to attract both skilled workers and the next generation of employees. Candidates want to learn more about your company culture, training provides, company philosophy and your community involvement. 
 
“People want to be part of something bigger than themselves.” Paul Jacobs
 
 
In today's market the candidate will research your company before they even apply.
 
What would they find when researching your company?
 
Do your products benefit the environment, the community, wellness or defense?
 
You will not only receive useful ideas, we will be working together implementing these steps during our workshop.
 
OBJECTIVES
  • Develop marketing and sales tools to attract both skilled workers and the next generation
  • Define your internal brand
  • Advertise online by adding a career page to your website
  • Utilize social media to illustrate your company culture and collect leads
 
Presenting instructors specialize in working with manufacturers with over 25 years experience in sales & marketing strategy, web development, graphic design, content development and social media.
 
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Business owners, HR Directors, Directors of Marketing
 
COST
Cost/company – Cost covers up to 2 attendees/company
 
$150 per class or
$500 for all four classes
 
 
CLASSES: 3-6pm
 
September 27:
Attracting Millennials
 
October 25:
Building your Internal Brand
 
November 15:
Building a Career Page
 
December 20:
Using Social Media to Attract Talent
 
LOCATION
 
MCEDC Office
Room #240
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Applications for Export Assistance are Now Open

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications of interest for our export assistance programs. MCE’s complimentary export assistance programs help businesses reach their export potential by providing a range of financial, networking, and training support. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from now through September 30, 2018.

Apply now at MetroChicagoExports.com!

Exporters located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties and the City of Chicago with less than 500 employees are encouraged to apply. More information can be found at MetroChicagoExports.com. As of April 1, 2018, Metro Chicago Exports is now a part of a new economic development organization – the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC). Within the new organization, MCE’s exporting programs will continue to provide valuable resources to businesses throughout the region.
 
Chicago Regional Growth Corporation is a regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois. 
 
To learn more about our new initiative, please visit the website: 
www.chicagoregionalgrowth.com

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2018 Metro Chicago Exports Applications Now Open!

As a proud partner of Metro Chicago Exports, we would be happy to provide more information or assistance.

- McHenry County EDC

 

 

 APPLICATIONS FOR EXPORT ASSISTANCE ARE NOW OPEN

 

Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications of interest for our export assistance programs. MCE’s complimentary export assistance programs help businesses reach their export potential by providing a range of financial, networking, and training support. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from now through September 30, 2018.

 

Apply now at MetroChicagoExports.com!

 

Exporters located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties and the City of Chicago with less than 500 employees are encouraged to apply. More information can be found at MetroChicagoExports.com.

As of April 1, 2018, Metro Chicago Exports is now a part of a new economic development organization – the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC). Within the new organization, MCE’s exporting programs will continue to provide valuable resources to businesses throughout the region.
 
Chicago Regional Growth Corporation is a regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois. 
 
To learn more about our new initiative, please visit the website: 
www.chicagoregionalgrowth.com

 

 

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JA Frate Press Release!

JA Frate Groundbreaking Ceremony 

Congratulations to JA Frate on their expansion! Not only are they one of our long time and valued investors supporting our efforts to impact McHenry County’s economy, but they were recognized as an MCEDC Business Champion in 2016! 

 

JA Frate Breaks Ground on Building Expansion

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, local transportation and distribution company JA Frate held a groundbreaking ceremony at their headquarters in McHenry. The event commemorated the start of construction of a 40,000 square foot expansion as a result of growing customer demand. This extensive addition is a testament to the rapid growth and success of the company. In attendance were representatives of the City of McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett, Director of Economic Development Doug Martin, Superintendent Ryan Schwalenberg, and Ross Polerecky of the Department of Community Development. Also in attendance were representatives from American Community Bank, the McHenry County Economic Development Committee, M-3 Construction, Gillespie Design Group, and Condon Engineering.

Names for the photo left to right are – Jeff Jennings, JA Logistics – Jim Jennings, JA Frate – Wayne Jett, Mayor of McHenry – Doug Jennings, CEO JA Frate – Jill Dinsmore, President JA Frate

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Duraflex, Inc. - Press Release (IMEC)

Duraflex, Inc. – Purchases New Add-on Expansion Facility in Cary, IL!

Duraflex, Inc., leading high tech engineers and manufacturers of metal bellows components and full assemblies are proud to announce the recent purchase of our latest expansion facility in Cary, Illinois USA!

 

Cary, IL – July 20, 2018 – Duraflex, Inc. is expanding! As a direct result of decades of company-wide dedication, our investments in the very latest innovative manufacturing equipment, processes, cutting-edge technology and the increased demand for our highly engineered bellows products and services, Duraflex, Inc. is reporting record growth. To accommodate our latest developments, Duraflex, Inc. has doubled the size our facilities. Our newest add-on facility boasts 26,000 sqft. of beautiful industrial space nestled on 2.5 pristine acres located less than 1 mile from our Duraflex, Inc. Corporate Offices (765 Industrial Drive, Cary, IL 60013).

Duraflex, Inc. has been successfully supplying high-tech engineering design services for metal bellows components and full assemblies to OEM’s and diverse industries for decades. Our unparalleled engineering experience, extensive testing capabilities and the finished quality of our products makes Duraflex, Inc. an ideal “single source solution” supplier for standard to unique applications. “Engineered for Confidence. Designed to Perform.”

Please visit www.duraflexinc.com to learn more about our products and services or contact Dean DellaCecca on 847-516-7501 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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United Alloy To Expand in Harvard

United Alloy To Expand in Harvard

United Alloy, Inc. (UAI) is coming to Harvard. UAI produces high quality welding and repair products. The company needs to hire at least 20 full-time and experienced AWS D1.1 MIG welders to support the new facility. UAI wants to hire local Harvard area welders now and will employ them at their Janesville WI headquartersuntil the new facility is built. UAI will ultimately employ 50 welders in Harvard. To help fulfill this need, the City of Harvard and UAI have partnered with McHenry County College to create a training program for persons who are seeking a career in welding with UAI. Graduates of the 8-week program who pass UAI test requirements will be hired by UAI. Financial assistance for the training may be available. The City will host an open house to provide details in August.

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United Way Campaign Results Are In...

Congratulations to our partner United Way and to all of the exceptional McHenry County companies who made such an impact!

United Way Celebrates Campaign Success

Brake Parts, Inc. received the Benchmark Award at the United Way Annual Celebration for raising $273,355 during the #GiveWhereYouLive Campaign

United Way of Greater McHenry County (UWGMC) announced their campaign results at their annual campaign celebration with 260 guests in attendance on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Starline Factory in Harvard. 

Campaign Chair and community member Jeff DeHaan kicked off the evening announcing that this year’s efforts resulted in raising $1.436 million. “I want to acknowledge our donors, staff and volunteers for all their efforts in helping raise awareness across the county through enhanced social media activity, exceptional outreach generating more than 25 new campaigns and everything they have done to bring our organization to a whole new level. Ultimately, this means we can help more people in McHenry County.” DeHaan said.

The campaign runs annually from September to June with funds coming from employee payroll deductions, corporations and individuals outside of a workplace program. Funds raised are distributed to 30 local nonprofits for specific programs that fill needs throughout the county in the areas of health, education and independence.

After networking and dinner, Executive Director Carole Peters handed out 19 awards to honor the donors, companies and individuals who played an important role in the campaign’s success. Take a look below at some of the winners...

The Benchmark Award Winner – Brake Parts, Inc. (McHenry) for raising an astounding $273,355

The Milestone Award Winners - for raising over $50,000

Baxter & Woodman (Crystal Lake) $50,000

Charter Dura-Bar (Woodstock) $54,000

ComEd (McHenry County) $67,560

Illinois Tool Works & Power Train (Hebron) $68, 400

TC Industries (Crystal Lake) $69,320

The Breakthrough Award Winners -

Follett School Solutions (McHenry) for raising over $28,000 with a campaign and special fundraisers

Kemper Valve and Fittings Corporation (Island Lake) for running a new campaign and raising $24,000

Harvard Community Unit School District 50 for running a first-time campaign and raising over $5,500

The United Participation Award Winner – PolyOne Corporation (McHenry) for having 98% employee participation in giving to their campaign

The Paul Schipp Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award Winner – Rebecca Rose, United Way Employee Campaign Manager from PolyOne Corporation (McHenry)

The Innovative Campaign Award Winner – Corporate Disk Company for boosting employee and community participation through cool special events like United We Rock

SPECIAL THANKS TO STAR 105.5'S JOE & TINA AND THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS OF THE EVENING:

View All the Pictures From Our Event!

United Way Allocates Over $1 Million To Agency Partners

Executive Director Carole Peters and 2017-2018 Campaign Chair Jeff DeHaan

Last September, we asked you if you were ready… Were you ready to be a hand-raiser? To be a game-changer? To fight for every person in McHenry County? To give where you live? Through the course of our campaign year, those hands went up high, and we are so proud to say that we have raised not only awareness, but donations so that we could allocate even more money to our 30 partner agencies. Thank you McHenry County for choosing to give back to our community!

Holding on to exciting news like that is hard and we couldn’t wait to unveil the results. Our staff and board of directors are thrilled to reveal that we are reinvesting over $1 million dollars to the 48 McHenry County programs we support, an increase of $139,472 from last year!

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 HEDC - Search Listings Online 24/7!

The HEDC website has a searchable Land and Sites feature. See it HERE. The interactive site features information on the new Harvard-Woodstock Enterprise ZoneArrowhead Industrial Park Phase III (including a site plan), the Foreign Trade Zone and other incentives including Harvard's dual TIF District and façade fund. The site is also accessible throughwww.illinoisenterprisezone.com.

 

 SEARCH LISTINGS ONLINE 24/7!

Harvard Economic Development Corporation's  Land & Sites Database is a searchable database of Harvard's best Commercial, Industrial and Vacant/Site opportunities. No registration required

Direct Gateway to Sites HERE

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Check it out- Administrative Asst. Essentials is BACK

Back by popular demand…

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT ESSENTIALS

Instructor-led - Online Course

Check out the instructor and learn more about this course!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0A3vjo1CMs

 

As a seasoned administrative assistant, are you looking for ways to revitalize your work and finda fresh perspective on all that has to be done? Are you new to the field looking for practical waysto start at the top of your game? This program will provide you the fundamental tools required foryou to be successful.

The program is an instructor-led online course to help Administrative Assistants deliver results inthe real world. You will participate in highly interactive, live online sessions with your instructorand peers once a week for two hours.

Meeting online, you minimize your time away from the office but still gain the benefits of classdiscussion, group participation, and instructor interaction.

Outside of the weekly sessions, there will be a variety of ways to communicate with the instructorand the group to reinforce concepts.

The program is an instructor-led online course taught by Andy Kaufman, a certified trainer, author and executive coach. He has worked with administrative assistants around the world to help them be more effective in their roles and deliver results in the real world.

Course objectives/outcomes:

  • Communicationsskills, including listening, questioning and being more assertive.
  • Effectivenessin recognizing and managing conflict, as well as dealing with difficult people.
  • Influencing others even when you don’t have authority over them.

Fridays (AND ONE THURSDAY!), March 23, 29, April 6, 13, 20    1:30-3:30 p.m.

$299 per person       Course ID# NTL C29 001

 

For more information: 

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

 

Registration form:  www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/register

 

Register online:  www.mchenry.edu/mymcc

 

More courses at Shah Center: www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/catalyst/catalyst.pdf  

 

McHenry County College Shah Center

4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 

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McHenry County College to Host Networking Events for Business, Healthcare and Fitness Careers

McHenry County College to Host Networking Events 

The McHenry County College Career Services Office is hosting two separate Career Networking events featuring employers representing a variety of fields, including business, accounting, healthcare and fitness.

The Business Networking event takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Room B166-167 at MCC. This event focuses on careers in accounting, administrative office management, business, management, marketing, computer information systems and digital media. Students and community members will have the opportunity to meet with employers who will discuss their company and provide information on employment opportunities. A preliminary list of participating employers include: PolyOne Corporation, Rita Corporation, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores, Snap-on Tools and Working World Staffing Services. Event is co-sponsored by three MCC student clubs: Black Student Union, Business Club and Latinos Unidos.

The Healthcare and Fitness Networking event takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 in Room 166-167. This event focuses on careers in health & information technology, nursing, nursing assistant education, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, health & fitness education, emergency medical training (EMS) career areas. A preliminary list of participating employers include: Advocate Health Care, Caravel Autism Health, Centegra Health System, Elite Care Management, Hearthstone Communities, Mobile Therapy Centers of America and Sunrise Senior Living.

Students and community members will have the opportunity to meet with employers who will provide information about their companies and employment opportunities. Employers will have the opportunity to meet with students to discuss their company and provide information on employment opportunities. Co-sponsored by the MCC Student Nurses Association and the MCC Student Occupational Therapy Club.

To help individuals prepare for these networking events, the MCC Career Service Office is also offering a series of resume development and networking workshops:

Resume Development Workshops: from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Room A125 and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 in Room A106. Receive tips and techniques on resume writing or learn how to revise and reformat an existing resume.

How to Network! Workshops: from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 191-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 202-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, all take place in the Student Life Office, Room A252. Learn how to prepare for a networking event, how to develop a networking strategy, how to prepare your introduction/elevator speech and other key steps to make a successful impression.

The workshops resume workshops are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of workshops, visit www.mchenry.edu/careerservices. For more information, call Daniel Ortego at (815) 455-8576 or email him atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For information, contact:

Donna Bieschke, marketing communications specialist

Office of Marketing and Public Relations

McHenry County College

(815) 455-8728 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Work Based Learning - Save the Date

An Employer Workshop Event Coming Soon!

February 27th from 8:00 - 9:30 am at the Shah Center. Save the Date!

 

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Start@Shah Breakfast Series- Oct. 27

Join us for a casual and informative breakfast to gather valuable knowledge and build sound business relationships.

Start@Shah is Back!

 

Building a Civilized Workplace

  How much is Negativity Costing You and Your Company?

In his bestselling book, The No A**hole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace, Stanford University Professor, Robert Stratton opens a daring dialogue on a topic nearly everyone has encountered in the workplace. Who hasn’t dealt with bullies, creeps or jerks who make life miserable at work? Who hasn’t encountered someone who is rude, mean-spirited, egotistical and tries to destroy you at work? This ongoing problem destroys morale, lowers productivity and ruins an organization’s culture.

Join us for this interactive session as we share Stratton’s experiences in researching and documenting a few well-known organizations who have found a way to mete out and eliminate the a**holes. 

Fee: $35 (includes breakfast)

Friday October 27

8-10 a.m.

Course Code: NTL S90 001

 

What’s next? HR 101: What Managers Need to Know

Friday, Dec. 1

                            

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

Registration form:  www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/register

Register online:  www.mchenry.edu/mymcc

More courses at Shah Center: www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/catalyst/catalyst.pdf  

 

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Co-working @ the Café set to open Aug. 7th in Woodstock

Help us spread the word throughout McHenry County about

Co-Working @ the Café!

Opens Monday, August 7th

With a Grand Opening Connection Reception at 4 p.m.

 

Dogs.  Kids.  Dirty Dishes.  Noisy Neighbors.  Those who work at home—creatives, freelancers, telecommuters, entrepreneurs and small business professionals—know how distracted, and isolated, they can sometimes feel.  A new style of work, using shared space and equipment, is being introduced in Woodstock, through a concept increasingly popular in the Chicagoland region, known as Co-Working.  Offered at no-charge to users, the City-sponsored economic development project will begin operating on the Woodstock Square at Stage Left Café, 125 W. Van Buren Street, on Monday, August 7th, from 10am – 4pm,  with an end-of-day Grand Opening Connection Reception for the public at 4pm. The program continues every Monday, providing a clean, quiet work environment with hi-speed wi-fi, printing/copying, and networking and social opportunities.

The project was suggested by Old Courthouse & Sheriff’s House Advisory Commission Chair Dennis Sandquist, during the City’s first On the Table community conversation in May.  It was made possible through a competitive program grant award of $2,500 offered by Chicago Community Trust.  Woodstock’s Co-Working @ the Café video submission, donated by freelance videographer Katie Willcockson, was one of 43 top level awards out of nearly 300 video entries. Anyone interested is invited to join the Woodstock Co-Working Community Facebook Group, managed by Old Courthouse Advisory Commissioner Wendy Piersall.  The Commission is exploring future potential to attract a membership-based co-working center to the  City-owned Old Courthouse facility currently undergoing extensive restoration.

We hope to see all of our McHenry County Economic Development Partners at the reception!

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Healthcare Career Expo and Hiring Event - May 16th

From the McHenry County Workforce Network:  Information abou the upcoming Healthcare Career Expo & Hiring Event - Tuesday May 16th. Presentation begins promptly at 5pm. 

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: McHenry County College Shah Center
4100 Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050 

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Healthcare and Career Expo

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Midwest SME Forum on April 11, 2017

Join GACC Midwest's networking event on April 11 at Harper College in Palatine, IL and learn from executives from mhub, BMW Technologies, Ipsen, Winzeler Gear and more about

• Universities & Startups: Driving Innovation Through Partnerships
• Forget Foosball Tables: Effective Ways to Recruit and Retain (Young) Talent
• Business Success on a Budget: International Marketing Strategies
• Successful Growth: Opportunities and Challenges of M&A

With almost 1,400 German businesses operating in the Midwest, the region represents an attractive business location, particular for transatlantic trade. Meet our network and prepare your SME for the future. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2mIYFia

 

GACC Midwest SME Forum

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Workforce Training Available at MCC Shah Catalyst - April-June 2017

The April-June 2017 CATALYST is available!

Schedule your workforce training NOW!

While you wait for it to hit your mailboxesyou can access it on our website

http://www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/catalyst/catalyst.pdf

Online registration available for non-credit courses at:

www.mchenry.edu/mymcc

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

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ComEd 2016 Best in Class Reliability Performance Press Release

ComEd Achieves Industry Leading Reliability Results

ComEd’s improved reliability helps drive economic growth and achieve record customer satisfaction

 

CHICAGO (February 2, 2017) For the last five years, ComEd has updated and modernized its electrical grid to improve the reliability of its service to customers. The work has resulted in record setting performance that is also helping to power economic development and customer satisfaction.

In 2016, ComEd customers experienced a15 percent reduction in the frequency of outages compared to 2015. This was best among all utilities according to Electric Benchmarking. Since investments began in 2012, frequency of outages has been reduced by nearly 34 percent and the duration of outages has been reduced by 48 percent. Additionally ComEd’s customer’s satisfaction ratings are at an all-time high. Market Strategies International, a top market research firm, named ComEd Most Improved Electric Utility of 2016.

“Improving the reliability of our system for our customers has always been the fundamental goal of our smart grid work,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. “Constant, ongoing review of our system allowed us to strategically invest in areas that would benefit the greatest number of customers. Our record setting performance is the result of that work and demonstrates the commitment of our employees to provide our customers with best in class service.”

Advanced technology like smart switches that reroute power around potential problem areas, new storm hardening solutions and cable replacement have contributed to more than 7.6 million avoided customer interruptions since 2012 – resulting in $1.4 billion in societal savings. Additionally, more than 3 million ComEd customers experienced zero or only 1 outage last year.

“The smart grid investment has vastly improved the infrastructure of our system,” said Terence R. Donnelly, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for ComEd. “On a daily basis and during storms, our customers are seeing less interruption in their lives and their business operations.”

Strong power reliability and Illinois’ low power prices are key attributes why businesses continue to commit to building facilities in our northern Illinois service territory. This is evidenced in the collective 2016 results of ComEd’s economic development allies which supported the announcement of 39,234 jobs, 59 million square feet in facilities, and $6.7 billion in capital investment.

“ComEd’s continued infrastructure investment aimed at modernizing and bringing innovative digital equipment to the grid is an important component to Illinois’ economic growth efforts,” said Jim Schultz, CEO of Intersect Illinois, a privately funded economic development organization. “We are pleased to see utility industry record setting reliability performance which provides businesses the assurance that Illinois is the right place for their continued growth and investment.”

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 7.8 million customers. ComEd provides service to over 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Contact: ComEd Media Relations

312-394-3500

 

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Novation Industries Receives ISO/TS16949 Certification

MCEDC is pleased to share this release from Novation Industries, one of our valued Investor/members.

 

 

TS 16949 Press Release Final
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Fabrik Industries Expansion

wagnerFabrik Industries, a 35 year old McHenry County company, has completed its expansion in the City of McHenry with the purchase of a second facility at Miller Parkway and is now operational.   On January 19, it hosted a celebration and tour of the new facility for representatives from the State of Illinois, City of McHenry, McHenry County Board, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, McHenry School District 156, McHenry Fire Department, McHenry County College and those businesses who helped in the facilities transformation. 

Keith Wagner, President of Fabrik Industries stated “We are excited about the opportunities in manufacturing locally.  The community’s involvement in our growth has been humbling.  The company took 2016 to breathe new life into a vacant building updating and installing new lighting and paint, investing in new molding machines and training of new employees to meet the increased manufacturing demand.”

In 2015, Fabrik’s leadership identified the need to expand operations based on continued increase in their manufacturing business.   The company analyzed expansion opportunities both outside of Illinois and in Illinois specifically the City of McHenry.  As the company began researching expansion opportunities, the collaboration between the State of Illinois, the City of McHenry, the County of McHenry and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation and other partners proved to make the difference in their decision process. 

President of McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, Pam Cumpata, commented “one of the pillars of economic development is retention because 80% of net new job growth comes from existing businesses.  The expansion of Fabrik Industries is an excellent example of why MCEDC works closely with our primary businesses, our county and municipal partners with the shared goal of retaining our business base.”  Pam stated “Mayor Low and the City of McHenry staff, specifically Doug Martin, Director of Economic Development, worked hand in hand with Fabrik and the MCEDC to make this expansion possible recognizing the significant economic impact it will have on the City of McHenry and the County. ”

“The amazing work the people at Fabrik Molded Plastics are doing every day is a perfect example of what we can achieve here in McHenry County, and we should be doing everything we can to help them grow,” McHenry County Board Chairman Jack D. Franks said. “Reducing the property tax burden employers’ bear and creating conditions that will make more job creators to want to set up shop here must be our primary focus as a board.”

A 3rd generation company full service custom injection molding manufacturer of thermoplastics, Fabrik is recognized globally with its components used in automotive lighting and switches as well as in medical, consumer, and electronic goods.   Recognizing the rapid pace that innovation and automation is occurring in manufacturing, Fabrik developed an internship program for high school and college students to ensure a workforce for the future.  They also participate in the Youth Manufacturing Program through the McHenry County Workforce Network. The goal of which is to expose individuals between the age of 18 to 24 to manufacturing through 6 week internships that could result in full employment.  One of the exceptional aspects of their program was that they rotate these individuals through their entire company so that when the student is offered a job, he or she understood expectations for full time employment.  In addition, this company has worked closely with McHenry County High Schools in the development of their industrial arts programs even providing assistance in development of curriculum.  

In a statement for the City of McHenry Mayor Sue Low, “The city of McHenry is honored that Fabrik chose to remain our corporate partner and expand their company in McHenry.  Fabrik not only provides employment opportunities for our residents, but also educational opportunities for students interested in manufacturing. They are a valuable community asset.”  

Among the many business leaders in attendance, McHenry County Board Member, District 4, and President of the McHenry Chamber of Commerce, Kay R. Bates said “Fabrik Molded Plastics is a recognized leader around the world in molded plastics, a field that demands constant innovation and highly skilled employees. We really appreciate Keith Wagner and the Fabrik team welcoming us to learn about the challenges they face and how we can help them continue to thrive in the highly competitive global business environment.”

At the celebration, Pam Cumpata stated “The success of Fabrik Industries brought about through their own dedicated leadership, employee hard work, and the successful and unpresented collaboration of many partners is a true example that ‘economic development’ is a team sport.”   

For more information, contact Pam Cumpata, President, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation

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