Forklift Operator- Next class 4/21               

This course will help you become knowledgeable in powered industrial truck (forklift) operation. You will gain valuable knowledge and the skills required to operate a lift truck in a correct and professional manner. Trucks covered are: ITA (Industrial Truck Association) Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. This hands‐on training is located at UniCarriers Americas Corporation in Marengo IL.  Participants should come dressed for the weather-Lunch included Fee: $195

Course Code #                    Day                        Date                                     Time  

NTE S54 007                      Friday                   April 21                 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

NTE S54 008                      Friday                   May 19                 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

NTE S54 009                      Friday                   June 16                 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.   



2017 OSHA Update- Tuesday, April 25

Revised Safety and Health Management Program Recommended Practices and OSHA Compliance & Enforcement Update

OSHA has made several major changes recently that employers need to know about.  Join us for this three-hour seminar that will cover or review OSHA’s:

  • Newly updated and revised safety and health management program guidelines and recommended practices
  • Revised citation penalty structure and enforcement update
  • Revised recordkeeping and reporting requirements
  • Requirements for companies that use temporary staffing services. 

Target audience: business owners, executives, managers, supervisors and lead personnel responsible for health and safety for their company. Fee: $49

Course Code #                    Day                        Date                                     Time                                    Location

NTE S56 002                       T                          April 25                                 8 a.m.—11 a.m.                115, SCC


OSHA Electrical and NFPA 70E Safety- Tuesday, May 2

In this one-day seminar you will learn fundamental concepts covering OSHA electrical safety requirements, the principle of electricity and electrocution science and NFPA 70E safety covering arc flash/arc blast hazards associated with performing live electrical servicing and maintenance.  This class covers essential concepts for establishing elements of an electrical safety program to protect qualified employees.  Recommended for maintenance personnel, machine technicians, engineers, electricians, supervisors, and managers. Fee: $165  

Course Code #                    Day                        Date                                     Time                                     Location

NTE S08 002                       T                            May 2                                  8 a.m.—3:30 p.m.             115, SCC


OSHA 30-Hour General Outreach Training Program- Starts May 8

This four-day course provides detailed coverage of OSHA’s general industry standards, requirements, and employer’s responsibility to provide employees a safe and healthful workplace. It’s ideal for safety and health personnel, supervisors, and those with safety and health responsibilities. You’ll earn a certificate of attendance and OSHA “30-hour” card upon course completion. Fee: $449  

Course Code #                   Day                       Date                                    Time                                    Location

NTE S68 003                     MW                       May 8, 10, 15, 17           8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.               115, SCC


Forklift Train-the-Trainer  starts May 24     

This comprehensive two-and-a-half day Train the Trainer class will prepare your company’s trainer, safety department staff, human resource department, or supervisors to present the one-day powered industrial truck (Forklift) training class. Each student will receive two “Train the Trainer” packages. One package covers sit-down forklifts, ITA Classes 1, 4 and 5. The other package covers electric forklifts, ITA Class 2 and 3 (except narrow aisle models, side loaders or turret trucks). These packages will be the main tool for starting and conducting successful operator training classes and will assist you in reaching OSHA compliance. The student will be required to demonstrate practical lift truck operation skills. This hands-on training is located at UniCarriers Americas Corp., Marengo. Fee: $1,100 (includes all training materials and lunch)

Course Code #                   Day                       Date                                    Time                                   

NTE S55 003                      Wed/Thur           May 24, 25                        8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

                                             Friday                   May 26                               8 a.m.- Noon


OSHA 10-Hour Voluntary Compliance in General Industry- June 26 & 28

What are your rights and responsibilities under the OSHA Act? Create a safer workplace and meet regulatory compliance needs. This 10-hour course includes an introduction to general industry standards and an overview of the requirements of the more frequently cited standards to create a safer workplace and meet regulatory compliance needs. Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance and an OSHA “10-hour” card. Fee: $249                                        

Course Code #                    Day                        Date                                     Time                                     Location

NTE S65 004                      MW                      June 26, 28                          8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.              115, SCC



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McHenry County College Shah Center
4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL  60050

If an offering is cancelled by McHenry County College, registrants will be notified by phone at their place of employment or at home.  Full refund of tuition will be made when McHenry County College cancels.  A course registration canceled 24 hours in advance by the registrant is subject to a full refund or the tuition can be applied to enrollment in another class.  Failure by a participant to cancel a class registration 24 hours in advance of the date of the offering will necessitate full payment of tuition and fees.  Someone may substitute for you at any time.

Two new maintenance classes have been added to address the needs of the participants in the Maintenance Excellence training. There are some grant funds available for reimbursement of the training costs. Register for one unit for the price of $1495, or both for $2800. Maximum class size is 14 people.

For more information regarding the training program or the grant funding, contact the McHenry County Workforce Network at 815-334-2779.

REGISTRATION: Visit to register for one or both of the workshops. The deadline for registration is May 8th. Cancellations made within 14 days of the series start will result in 50% of the course fees.


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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:


GACC Midwest SME Forum



The McHenry County Economic Development Foundation is pleased to be a sponsor of this STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) event. Engaging with the workforce of the future is important to our economy and we hope you will stop by this exciting event.

The third annual FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Northern Illinois League Qualifier will be held at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on February 11, 2016.

Details for the Northern Illinois League Qualifier:
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 10:00am -5:00pm

Place: McHenry County College 8900 US-14 Crystal Lake, Illinois
Admission: Free


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For more information about FTC or other programs offered by FIRST, go to


Schedule your workforce training NOW! 

What’s new in 2017?...

üBecome a Scrum Master

üTrain the Trainer Workshop

üManaging Generations in the Workplace

üOSHA Update Seminar

üLinkedIn for Sales & Networking

Back by popular demand…

üSocial Media Bootcamp

üProject Management Professional Series

üSupervisor Leadership Series

üBlue Print Reading

üAccounting Basics for the Non-Accountant

Check out these courses and more in the latest schedule…

Online registration available for non-credit courses at:

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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Local Exports Drive Growth in McHenry County

McHenry County is a great place to build and grow a business, but as many of our local companies know, more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power is located outside the U.S., and international markets offer great potential for growth and expansion. More than 22,000 companies exported from Illinois in 2013, including many with fewer than 500 employees. These businesses have not only grown their bottom lines, but have also created jobs here in McHenry County by reaching untapped markets abroad.

Exporting enables companies to expand and diversify risk, helping them increase revenue, and ultimately increase overall profitability after export development costs have been covered. Expanding into international markets is essential for companies in today’s global economy, and reaching consumers in other countries is an important source of business development growth.

Exporting offers our local companies an unmatched range of opportunities, and McHenry County is pleased to partner with Metro Chicago Exports to help companies maximize their export potential. For the second year running, the Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program will award grants up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in McHenry County and Northeastern Illinois.

These grants will reimburse 50 percent of eligible expenses associated with exporting, such as executive training, trade show participation, and international certifications. The 2016 Grant Program will accept applications through May 27, 2016. Later this year, Metro Chicago Exports will host a pitch fest during which both 2015 and 2016 grant recipients will be eligible to submit a pitch for additional funding totaling $30,000.

This program benefits not only its recipients, but McHenry County and the broader region. As grant recipients engage with customers in international markets, they ultimately grow their local operations to keep up with demand, and bring economic benefits back home.

We encourage McHenry County companies to explore the benefits of exporting and to apply for grants through Metro Chicago Exports.

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Additional details and eligibility requirements pertaining to the 2016 Metro Chicago Exports Grant Program are available at or contact Pam Cumpata, President, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation at 815.893.0895.

The Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago and the Metro Economic Growth Alliance (MEGA) of Chicago, of which McHenry County EDC is a founding member, worked together to develop key Industry Clusters reports that are significant to the Northeast Illinois economy. The Industry Clusters represent similar industries that are closely connected through supply chains and shared labor pools within the region. These reports help local employers identify resources and needs within the region.

To see the manufacturing cluster report, click here. Others reports on Transportation & Logistics, are available for download from the McHenry County WIB website.

Do you have a great idea sketched out on a napkin or sitting in a drawer for some day?

That someday may be Monday, March 7th, 2016.

The McHenry County Makers Movement is in the early stages of developing a group of entrepreneurs,
innovators, mentors and angel investors. 

Join us as we work to create our own ‘Makers’ group on Monday, March 9th.

Our offices are at the Mental Health Building, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake,  

Networking will be from 4:30 – 5pm and at 5 pm, Stan Lynall, one of the founders and architects of the Central Illinois Angels (CIA) will discuss how they formed a group to help develop entrepreneurs in Central Illinois.

RSVP’s are welcome but not required. 815.893.0895

Enhancing Excellence’ -Breakfast Business Series
Midwest Economic Update
Date: April 12, 2016
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 am

Crystal Lake Country Club
721 Country Club Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 
$20.00 MCEDC investor/members 
$35.00 Others
Speaker: William A. Strauss, CBE Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
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With the outstanding response to the first two sessions, the McHenry County Economic Development Foundation has invited Stan Lynall, CPA to speak at the third ‘MeetUp’ session for Entrepreneurs, Business Mentors and Potential Investors. Mr. Lynall is one of the founders and architects of the Central Illinois Angels (CIA). Central Illinois Angels is a nonprofit membership-based angel investment organization composed of business leaders and professionals in Central Illinois. Over the last seven years, the CIA has invested over $8 million dollars in early stage opportunities. Mr. Lynall will discuss how forming the investment group has led to growth in local business opportunities due to the CIA’s investments in a variety of technological advancements developed by entrepreneurs in the area. He will also be discussing how resources such as the Peoria Nest co-working space and the Bradley University Peoria Next Innovation Center further foster the growth of new technological opportunities in Central Illinois. Al Van Maren, a local McHenry County entrepreneur who visited Peoria, remarked “learning from our friends in Peoria will help us here to better devise a plan and organize what would serve the people of McHenry county best.”

Pam Cumpata, President of McHenry County Economic Development Foundation, encourages “anyone who is interested in being a part of a Maker’s Movement right here in McHenry County should plan to join us on March 7th. We are looking for innovators, entrepreneurs, investors as well as mentors in all areas who are interested in helping grow the opportunities available here in McHenry County.”

Please join us on:

Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

4:30 to 5:00 pm  Networking
5:00 to 6:00 pm Stan Lynall Presentation

McHenry County Economic Development Foundation
620 Dakota Street – Mental Health Bld (2 story building in rear )
Crystal Lake, IL

Registration is requested call 815.893-0895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, contact Pam Cumpata at 815.893.0895



Workforce Development Week is just around the corner.  

Learn more about the exciting events being offered.

Dates: August 31, 2015 - September 3, 2015

McHenry County Workforce Center
500 Russel Court
Woodstock, IL 60098

815-338-7100 ext. 2771


Tuesday, September 1st - High Tech Business and Job Opportunities for You to Leverage

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Full Week Schedule, including details about the Open House on Wednesday, September 2nd

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Learn about managing energy demand in manufacturing facilities & how ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business® financial incentives can help

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Northern Illinois University- Rockford
8500 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Please contact Bea Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-969-4255 by December 8, 2014.


Unified Development Ordinance 2014


What you need to know about McHenry County’s New Zoning Ordinance (UDO)

When: November 18 from 8:00am – 10:00am, Breakfast served

Where: Loyola University Retreat & Ecology
2710 S. Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

Please R.S.V.P. to Alison at 815-459-8800

Please join ZCW&S for breakfast at Loyola’s Bull Valley Campus for an informative discussion of the new county ordinance. Interact with Noted Zoning Lawyers: Thomas Zanck, Tom Burney and Mark Saladin along with Chairman of the Planning and Development Committee, for the county, Joe Gottemoller and a representative from the County Planning and Development Department.

Hosted by: Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin, P.C.
40 Brink Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

McHenry County EDC 2014 Business Champions!


McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2014 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC Annual Dinner on October 28, 2014. Over 400 business leaders attended the event which culminates with the Business Champion Award presentations




McHenry County, IL – McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2014 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC Annual Dinner on October 28, 2014. Over 425 business leaders attended the event which culminates with the Business Champion Award presentations

For the past seven years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have positively contributed to McHenry County’s economy and who have exhibited business acumen and vision. Judging is conducted by a panel of 9 independent and unbiased business leaders residing outside of McHenry County. Pam Cumpata, President of MCEDC commented “McHenry County is fortunate to have so many outstanding companies. This year, we had 19 Business Champion Finalists.

The 2014 Business Champions were presented their awards by, Eric Tech, Navistar’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning and President, Global and Specialty Businesses and keynote speaker at the Annual Dinner and by Susan Milford, MCEDC Chairwoman of the Board, and Pam Cumpata, President MCEDC.

Steve Middaugh of Edward Jones Investments and chairman of the Business Champions Task Force noted that for the first time ever, in the Small Category 1 (less than 25 employees) there was a statistical tie. The first award went to a company who has been in business for 45 years, had made hard decisions during the recession to redirect its focus, whose upper management is involved with many countywide projects and organizations, who increased its training efforts to become more efficient and profitable, and who is expecting a 50% growth in revenue and 30% in workforce in the near future. Accepting the award for RADICOM of McHenry, was Phil Bartmann, President and Chief Executive Office and Bob Lueders, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. President Cumpata commented that this outstanding company is a leader in developing and integrating advanced communication systems for public safety and commercial enterprises, specializing in system design, sale and service support of two-way radio, microwave conveyance, telephone systems and radio/911 dispatch systems and both Phil and Bob are active in many organizations and that Radicom is also a long time investor/member in MCEDC.


Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Phillip Bartmann, Bob Lueders and Eric Tech



The second award winning company in the small category was presented to Tegel Design in Huntley. This company has been in the county for 9 years, survived the 2008 to 2010 hard times by focusing on life cycle costs, sees innovation as the life blood of a company, promotes “made in the USA” products and global exporting, has a passion for the education and development of our future workforce, brings that passion to realty with an apprenticeship program and outreach to local high school students and wants to develop local incubators for manufacturing growth in McHenry County. Cumpata said that President Robert Tegel has been an active supporter of the MCEDC workforce of the future projects and that she is delighted to have him recognized for his passion, energy, enthusiasm and business acumen. Tegel Design are inventors of industrial machinery adaptable to multiple industries, including automotive, medical, industrial electronics, consumer and textiles.


Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Robert Tegel and Eric Tech



In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees, MAC Automation of Woodstock is the 2014 Business Champion. This business has called McHenry County home for over 30 years, is family owned growing from 2 employees to a 47 member team, and during the recession, stood together and implemented a voluntary furlough program. They have grown by 7% in 2013 and 15% in 2013 and have a company philosophy “the power of a little Bit” and put that into practice through community charities and supporting workforce education program and internships. MAC automation is poised to continue their growth as they grow from plastics to machine tooling. Cumpata congratulated Jackie Speciale Accounting/Purchasing Senior Manager and Theresa Reynolds, Production Senior Manager representing MAC Automation and thanked them for their support of the recent MCEDC Manufacturing EXPO honoring Manufacturing Day October 3rd, 2014. MAC Automation serves the plastics industry with auxiliary equipment, conveyers, automation equipment, automated box fill systems, portable resin bins, resin loaders, part/runner separators and diverters, inspection tables, cleanrooms, drum and Gaylord box filter covers to name a few. Cumpata noted further that not only does MAC Automation offer high quality, cost effective automations solutions, they also have committed both time and effort to help grow the workforce of the future.


Pictured L-R: Jackie Speciale and Theresa Reynolds



In the large category of companies that employee 101 to 299 employees, the 2014 Business Champion award recipient was another family owned business who has been serving its customers for over 37 years. During the recent recession its industry was severely impacted, but it choose to refocus its efforts, its operations and its resources, made significant investments to upgrade its technology, focused on increasing environmentally friendly and green options with LEED certified products and installation and is a highly regarded and recognized leader in its industry. Michael Smeja, Daniel Smeja, and Rock Smeja accepted the award for Metalmaster Roofmaster of McHenry. Middaugh noted that Metalmaster Roofmaster had been named # 33 in the top 100 Metal Roofers in North America, and most recently in June placed #1 for tonnage and #5 for square footage. They also won 3 prestigious awards from Firestone Building Products including Master Contractor, Inner Circle of Quality and Presidents Club.


Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Rock Smeja, Mike Smeja, Dan Smeja and Eric Tech



In the category of over 300 employees, MCEDC presented two awards – one for a publicly traded business and one for a privately held business and. Middaugh commented that “the award winning publicly held company focuses on the principle of the 3 P’s – Pride – Perfection and Performance” and he added ‘a 4th P – Pickles’! The plant manager, Olivier Lemoine, accepted the award for Clausen Pickles – Kraft Foods of Woodstock. Middaugh stated that Clausen has been in McHenry County for over 38 years, has made significant investments in technology and training and has a saying “from vine to jar in 8 days” as they follow the sun to secure cucumbers from the sunniest climates from the south to the Midwest.


Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Olivier Lemoine and Eric Tech



The privately held company recognized in this over 300 employee category was Charter Dura-Bar of Woodstock. Middaugh noted that this company has added new equipment designed to improve product safety, made a $5.9 million new capital investment, expanded its workforce since 2013 hiring 30 new full time employees, and is on track to double their revenues by 2018. Cumpata stated “Charter Dura-Bar is always supportive of our MCEDC workforce of the future projects and efforts and is a recognized leader in the manufacturing and distribution of continuous cast iron bar stock. It’s engineered iron product called Dura-Bar offers machining advantages over carbon and alloy steel and is it allows manufacturers to increase profit margins by machining more parts per hour, decreasing cycle time and increasing profitability”. Peter Murray, Vice President and General Manager accepted the award.


Pictured L-R: Susan Milford, Peter Murray, Art Berman, Frank Abruzzo and Eric Tech



McHenry County Economic Development Corporation congratulates all of the 2014 Business Champion Finalists: C-Ideas-Crystal Lake, Precision Ground, Inc.-Lakemoor, Used CNC, Inc.-Huntley, Working World Staffing-Crystal Lake, AdvanTech Plastics-Woodstock, Charles Herdrich & Son-McHenry, MasterCoil Spring-McHenry, Swiss Automation-Barrington, Dean Foods-Huntley, Kenmode-Algonquin, Poly One-McHenry, Rita Corporation-Crystal Lake, TEQ-Huntley and our 2014 Business Champions – Radicom, Tegel Design, MAC Automation, Metalmaster Roofmaster, Claussen Pickles-Kraft Food and Charter Dura-Bar.


Photos by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

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