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

In preparation for our recent Federal Manufacturing Community Designation, MCEDC working with McHenry County staff, developed a map identifying the various manufacturing clusters, i.e. Plastics, Metal, Machine Shops, Medical Equipment, etc. Our Manufacturing sector is responsible for 23% of our GRP or $2.2 Billion and employs 13% of our workforce or 16, 269. It is the largest of our 20 economic sectors in McHenry County.

Click this link or the map below to view a full-size pdf


MCEDC celebrated Manufacturing Day on October 3rd with a Manufacturing Expo, Car Show, Countywide Billboards, facility tours and even a tinker skills opportunity for attendees.

While the weather was quite cold...even had snowflakes, almost 100 brave souls came to our Expo which we held at the former Oak Industries facility on Main & Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake.

Thanks to our manufacturers for setting up their displays and providing information on the products they make and the way they make them.

A big hit was the Crystal Lake Robotics teams who showed off their robots and did a great job of explaining their program.  Look for them at our Annual Dinner on October 28th!



Photos by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

MCEDC has been working with our economic development partners as well as county officials from the seven counties in Northeastern Illinois and the City of Chicago over the past several months to create Metro Chicago Exports (MCE). This unprecedented collaboration is designed to increase exports from small and midsized enterprises and to support regional job growth. MCE aims to catalyze a shift in economic development priorities and practices resulting in more globally connected metropolitan areas and more sustainable economic growth.

The reason for this effort is that growth has accelerated outside the Unites States and it is felt that continued economic growth and vitality lies in exporting. The Chicago region is the nation’s 4th largest exporter at $65 billion according to data from Brooking Metropolitan Policy Program report, but ranks only 28th in exports as a share of GRP. The report further identified that only 6% of the regional small and mid size enterprises actually export.


Photos by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

This pilot program will assist manufacturers and business service companies to reach international markets and will focus on 3 initial strategies:

  1. Build the pipeline of export ready firms
  2. Strengthen the export ecosystem and
  3. Reduce the initial business costs to reach new markets.

Metro Chicago Exports will provide guidance to public services specifically tailored to their export opportunities and needs; Provide connections to private sector partners based on industry and market opportunities needs reducing the informational barriers to exporting; Provide access to market analyses, business plan development and referrals to help realize export opportunities; engage export mentors to facilitate best practice exchange and secure resources to lessen the burden of starting the exporting process.

Your MCEDC is proud to be a part of this exciting effort.


Over 100 business executives attended the McHenry County EDC Annual Legislative Breakfast. State Senator Pam Althoff, District 32, and State Representative Mike Tryon, District 66, Provided highlights on the recent legislative session as well as their committees, legislation they have introduced and their primary concerns.

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Setting for the 2014 Annual Legislative Breakfast   MCEDC President Pam Cumpata
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Representative Mike Tryon   State Senator Pam Althoff


MCEDC Legislative Breakfast 2014

MCEDC Legislative Breakfast 2014 from McHenry County EDC on Vimeo.


Video and Photos by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc.  rfpphoto

RINGWOOD, IL  -  Rapid Waterjet Design (RWD) continues to grow.  Scott Suhr, Owner and President, is pleased to announce the new expansion to a larger fabrication facility.  Located at 5415 Business Parkway, Ringwood, Illinois, the new facility will offer 15,000 square feet of fabrication and office space.  This move allows RWD to execute its business plan to acquire additional fabrication equipment (including a 5-Axis CNC machining center)  to meet the evolving needs of its growing customer base. 

From prototype to production, Rapid Waterjet Design can provide multiple manufacturing options, and recommend the most efficient way to produce tight tolerance components and products based upon customer goals and objectives.  RWD offers a unique combination of technology and manufacturing process experience that provides the capability to maintain unparalleled quality while delivering the advantages of speed and savings.

RWD's in-house machining equipment and capabilities include:

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Two Omax Waterjet machines that can cut almost any material from Neoprene to Titanium, in thickness from .005 shim to 9”. (Ability to cut with garnet and 
water only) 
Wire EDM fabricating allows RWD to hold extremely tight tolerances up to 2/10”
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We offer tight tolerance finishes with our wet surface grinder
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Offer most type of finishes on parts that we fabricate

CLICK HERE to view more about the comprehensive machining services available at Rapid Waterjet Design

Contact: Bill Kirkelie 815-728-1929 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Invitation: Hong Kong Trade Development Council North American Mission 


You are encouraged to attend:


Chinese Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Investment & Partnership Mission to North America

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014Location: Swissotel Chicago

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is jointly organizing the first investment and partnership mission with the Ministry of Commerce of China to North America in September. The mission aims to enhance the understanding of both the Mainland Enterprises and Hong Kong companies towards the latest development of manufacturing, automation and environmental technologies in North America.


This mission will feature:

  • Business Matching
  • Networking Events
  • Company Visits

Please consider attending as the mission stops in Chicago, IL on September 16, 2014. You do not want to miss the opportunity to meet with and potentially form partnerships with quality Chinese mainland enterprises from Jiangsu, Shandong and Zhejiang provinces. This is a mutually beneficial opportunity.

For more information and to register, click here.


*Interested individuals are encouraged to fill out and submit the linked application form as soon as possible; selected project owners will be matched with Chinese companies for one-on-one sessions.



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.


Christine Barragan
Business Development Manager
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Connecting Rockford Region Suppliers to Opportunity


Adam-KinzingerHosted by Congressman Adam Kinzinger
U.S. House of Representatives
16th Congressional District of Illinois



August 13, 2014

8:00 am - 8:30 am ~ Check-In
8:30 am - 12:30 pm ~ Presentation & Individual Meetings
Northern Illinois University-Rockford, 8500 E. State St., Rockford, IL

Congressman Kinzinger has invited Lockheed Martin representatives to speak with regional suppliers, and to share insights on how to do business with Lockheed Martin. This free event includes:

  • A presentation by Lockheed Martin on how to become a supplier.
  • 10-minute individual meetings with a Lockheed Martin representative.

Registration is Required, by August 6 
Contact Bea Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815.969.4255.

For the past six years, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) has recognized 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 the 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 or service centers, corporate headquarters, distribution facilities and research and development to name a few.) These companies have vision, strategy, as well as best practices that make them stand out among others.

You may have a corporate park neighbor, a supplier or customer that you find exceptional or you may be an employee who feels their employer provides a great work environment or goes the extra mile to help the employees. Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Business Champion Awards. As a CEO or a member of the executive team of a company that is proud of recent expansion, acquisition, special project or growth, we welcome your self-nomination.

Nominations categories are based on the number of employees - small -24 or less, medium – 25 to 100, large - over 100, as well as a special category for those companies who have over 300 employees. Judges are business leaders from outside of the county.

After a company is nominated, members of the MCEDC Business Champion task force will reach out to the nominated companies to explain the Business Champion program and provide assistance. All nominees are introduced during the MCEDC Annual Dinner Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, and also have an opportunity to display their product or company marketing materials at the event. The 2014 Business Champions will be announced at the dinner and presented with their awards by our keynote speaker, Eric Tech, Senior VP Strategy & Planning, President Global and Specialty Businesses of Navistar Inc.

Pam Cumpata, MCEDC President stated “MCEDC’s previous Business Champions – Phoenix Woodstock, Advanced Flexible Composites, Watlow and Covidien in 2013; Chroma Corporation, All-Rite Spring, Impact Plastics in 2012; Other World Computing, Dordan Manufacturing, Joule Technologies in 2011; Scot Forge, Jan Air, Astro Craft in 2010; Medela, Millennium Electronics, Stan’s Office Technologies in 2009; Pioneer Center for Human Services, Prairie Ridge Media/McHenry County Living, & New Concepts Development Corporation/Other World Computing in 2008 are all exceptional primary employers and valuable corporate citizens. We look forward to adding to this prestigious list of McHenry County employers”.

The deadline for submitting Business Champion nominations is August 30, 2014. CLICK HERE for the Nomination form or call the MCEDC office at 815.893-0895.

Burnex Corporation Acquires Diemode Tool, Inc.RINGWOOD, IL – Burnex Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Diemode Tool, Inc., formerly located in Genoa City, IL. Burnex has acquired the assets including the production tooling along with their current customers. Chuck Duha, President of Diemode, will bring his experience and expertise along with him to Burnex. We are pleased to have him joining our team! As explained by Manfred Suhr CEO and Scott Suhr President.

“Diemode Tool Inc. has been in business since 1984; a family owned and operated business. Their manufacturing and die design is a perfect match for how Burnex prides themselves on building and designing high quality dies to last. All of their parts will fit into our production presses with no additional capital equipment required”.

Chuck Duha started his apprenticeship in 1981. Along with tool and die making, he has also learned die design. With those qualifications and experience, he will assist with day to day operations and engineering assistance here at Burnex Corp.

Founded in 1972 by Manfred Suhr CEO, Burnex has remained a family-owned and operated business. Burnex Corporation pioneered the planetary geared high speed stamping & bending machines and also operates traditional stamping punch presses. The planetary geared high speed stamping and bending machines have a center component which rotates and draws tools to form the product. Burnex is the only manufacturer which uses this equipment in a job-shop atmosphere. The result is the flexibility to change between production jobs like conventional punch presses at a competitive cost and consistent quality.

For more information, visit www.BurnexCorp.com or call Matt Gilmore, Regional Sales Manager, at 815.728.1317, extension 204.

CLICK HERE to visit www.burnexcorp.com

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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620 Dakota Street • Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 893-0895