McHenry County Economic Development Corporation Announces 2016 Business Champion Nominees

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is proud to announce the nominees for its 2016 Business Champions. In its ninth 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 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, service center, professional services, corporate headquarters distribution facilities and research and development entities to name a few.)

The nominees for the 2016 Business champion exhibit the qualities that make a business champion – strong vision, a solid long range business strategy, as well as best practices that make them stand out among others. Nominations categories are based on the number of employees, small 24 or less, medium 25 to 100, large over 100 and over 300 employees. Judges are business leaders from outside of the county.

The 2016 nominees are:

Division I – Small – less than 24 employees - Crystal Lake Brewery, Crystal Lake; DeMarco Industrial Vacuums, Crystal Lake; Heartland Cabinet, Crystal Lake; Rock Solid Builders, Inc., McHenry; Vo-Tech, Crystal Lake

Division II – Medium – 25 to 100 employees - Burnex Corporation, Ringwood; Chas. Herdrich & Sons, McHenry; Jensen’s Plumbing & Heating, Woodstock; Jessup Manufacturing, McHenry Miller Formless, McHenry; Rita Corp, Crystal Lake; Serv-All Die & Tool Company, Crystal Lake Studio 2016/Dougherty Enterprises, Woodstock

Division III Large – Over 100 Employees - General Kinematics, Crystal Lake; JA Frate Companies, McHenry – Over 300 Employees - Centegra Health System, Countywide; Fabrik Molded Plastics, McHenry; and Follett Solutions, McHenry

The 2016 Award winners will be announced at the MCEDC Anniversary Dinner on October 12th, 2016 by the keynote speaker, Kevin Lobo, Chairman & CEO, Stryker Corporation. Reservations are required and are being accepted by contacting MCEDC at 815.893.0895 or registering on line at

Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC, commented “McHenry County has many exceptional businesses that support our economy and MCEDC is pleased to recognize their many accomplishments. We look forward to our dinner and the award ceremony on October 12th, 2016.”

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