Alliance will enable small and mid-sized companies to create jobs and improve their global competitiveness

[Park Ridge, IL] – Illinois’ premier full service manufacturing association is combining resources with the state’s manufacturing improvement experts to provide Chicago land companies with new tools, capabilities and services to increase productivity and grow.

Under a new alliance, members of the Tooling and Manufacturing Association (TMA) will have rapid access to implementation-training and consulting services provided by the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC). Part of a nationwide network of federally-funded non-profit organizations, IMEC was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to serve the Chicago land market. IMEC’s expansion to the region makes it Illinois’ exclusive provider of quality, efficiency, cost reduction, and growth services under the MEP umbrella.

“TMA’s partnership with IMEC is an ideal arrangement,” said Brian McGuire, TMA President. “Working together, we’ll be able to leverage IMEC’s proven business-building capabilities for our members and other manufacturers in Chicago land, and provide more companies with the hands-on expertise they need to be productive and globally competitive.”

Founded in 1925, TMA provides member companies with education, advocacy, training, employee benefits, human resources assistance, and pooled purchasing and insurance services. Its membership is comprised of the leading manufacturers of products and services for all manufacturing sectors. TMA has 1000 members, ranging from smaller sole-proprietorships, to large multi-plant corporations.

IMEC’s full-time industry specialists, many who have recognized credentials in areas such as lean manufacturing and six sigma – will work on-site at TMA-member facilities, providing them with the capability to improve quality and efficiency, contain costs, develop new products and growth strategies, and more. Since being created in 1996, IMEC has generated more than
$1 billion in productivity, sales and cost-saving economic benefits for Illinois manufacturers.

“Through our collaboration with TMA, more companies will get the hands-on help they need to respond to today’s competitive pressures and position for long-term success,” said Bob Weinstein, IMEC President-Emeritus. “I can’t think of a better organization to join forces with to extend IMEC’s capabilities into the Chicago land region, than TMA. We’re excited about this partnership and the results we can generate together.”

The two organizations will also produce information workshops and webinars, and IMEC will market TMA member-benefits to its clients. Several IMEC specialists and project managers will be based at TMA’s headquarters in Park Ridge.

About TMA
TMA was formed with the philosophy that 8 small manufacturing companies could better themselves through association with each other. Since then, TMA has evolved into Illinois’ Premier Manufacturing Association, with over 1,000 precision manufacturing and supplier members that are bettering the industry through association. TMA is a non-profit association that is committed to recognizing manufacturers as value-added producers of goods and services, and creators of high quality jobs for Illinois citizens. TMA supports industry by providing educational opportunities, industry representation and services to foster member company global competitiveness. Governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives from member companies, TMA represents and promotes the interests of all members serving as a forum and a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas and information. This association fosters a sense of mutual support and unity among the members and the industry as a whole. For more information on the TMA, please visit,

Chirch Global Expands Into High Tech Metal Fabrication

McHenry, IL – January, 2011 

Chirch Global Manufacturing, LLC (McHenry, IL) has traditionally focused on providing precision metal stampings, tool and die services, assembly, and just-in-time delivery for their global customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, hardware, consumer goods, and appliance industries. According to Anthony L. Chirchirillo, CEO, “Major changes have impacted everyone in the manufacturing environment, and research showed us that diversification and expanding our globally competitive advantage were going to be key drivers to our ongoing rapid growth and future success.  Customer demands for lower costs, shorter production runs, reduced lead times, and higher quality requirements, along with intense competition, made it clear that we needed to add highly automated sheet metal fabrication services to our repertoire of manufacturing solutions. Our goal was not to just dabble in fabrication, but implement a game changing strategy.  We view this as an opportunity to start from a clean slate, which will allow us to develop a fabrication capability using the latest technologies that provide the highest productivity and quality along with globally competitive overall costs for our customers.”



Chirchirillo adds, “Chirch Global takes great pride in our ability to offer progressive manufacturing solutions to our customers.  By continuing to invest in our employees and in state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, we feel that we can offer our customers not only a high-quality product, delivered on time, but at a cost that will permit our customers to compete with anybody – anywhere in the world.”

After a thorough evaluation of a variety of potential suppliers, Chirch Global partnered with Amada (Amada America Inc.) to install an entire sheet metal fabrication cell that includes automated load and unload material handling, automated servo-drive punching, a hybrid servo-hydraulic press brake, robotic finished part stacking, and remote programming. “Our growth is integrally tied to the success and growth of our customers. We view our customers as business partners, and therefore, this technology is fulfilling our commitment to help them level the global manufacturing playing field”, adds Chirchirillo.

The Amada punching cell consists of an EM2510NT 22-ton twin servo drive 45-station turret punch press, an MP1225NJ sheet load/unload device, and a PR300III automatic part remover.  “The automated punching cell gives Chirch Global the ability to load and process materials, stack and sort the finished parts, and unload scrap skeletons with no physical intervention from the operator.  This not only helps cut the labor cost, but also reduces damage to cosmetically-sensitive parts due to mishandling,” says Stephen J. Keating, Executive General Manager of Amada America, Inc.  After the blanking process, parts can then go directly to the press brake, if necessary.  Amada’s software allows for off-line programming of jobs, which helps keep production personnel focused on value-added production tasks and getting parts out the door as quickly as possible.

For a video of Chirch Global’s manufacturing cell see


“Chirch Global is also committed to doing our part to help the environment.  The machines make extensive use of advanced servo technology to significantly reduce electrical and oil consumption along with maintenance costs.  We believe this will be a significant factor in helping us stay competitive in today’s global market,” says Chirchirillo.

“Amada is very excited about partnering with Chirch Global Manufacturing because of their strategy to embrace first-mover and cutting-edge technology in their global manufacturing operations”, notes Keating. “Combined with our established stamping, tool and die, assembly, and packaging services, we feel that our investment in this state-of-the-art sheet metal fabrication cell is going to really open up the possibilities to offer a whole new range of manufacturing solutions to our customers, whether it’s a one-off prototype, or a one million-plus piece production run. It’s a game changer.”

Join IMEC (Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center) for the Winter 2011 Continuous Improvement Series beginning January 28th in Rockford, IL. The primary focus of this effort is the continuous elimination of waste in the company's business processes. Implementing Lean practices involves changing a work area or a business process to maximize efficiency, improve quality and safety, eliminate unnecessary motion and inventory, and save time and resources.

By completing the eight courses in the Continuous Improvement Series, participants will have the knowledge, tools and application examples required to begin a Lean transformation.

McHenry County EDC is finalizing plans for 2011.  One of the first priorities will be to establish a manufacturing committee similiar to the other EDC committees to help with forum topics, speakers and events.  If you are interested in serving on this new committee, please call Pam Cumpata, EDC President at 815.363.0444.

The October 27th, 2010 GLOCAL Economic Event and Manufacturing Matchmaking was a solid success.  Thanks to our speakers for sharing their expertise!


  • Kathleen Caldwell, Caldwell Consulting Group - "Creating Your Company's Global and GLOCAL Blueprint For Success"
  • Sue Dobbe, Dobbe Marketing & PR - "Marketing Glocally"
  • Chris Krug, Shaw Suburban Media - "McHenry County Business Journal"
  • Rix Frantz, LR International  - "Maximizing Your Company's Global Logistics and Supply Chain"
  • Steve Scherrer, Scherrer Patent and Trademark Law -"Intellectual Property Protection"
  • Berend Bracht, President and CEO, Bosh Rexroth Americas - "What Every Leader Must Know About Achieving Global Success"

Our initial feedback was excellent with many companies discussing future opportunities and scheduling additional  meetings.

Congratulations to EDC Investor Other World Computer on having the first building in the county to receive LEED platinum certification! Their privately owned light manufacturing assembly building was the first privately owned company to receive thiscertification from the Green Building Certification Institute's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Their list of initatives includes utilizing wind power.

To see more of their iniatives, click here. Congratulations to OWC for leading the way!

The McHenry County Business Journal's 2011 Book of Lists will be distributed to more than 7,000 McHenry County business owners and decision makers on December 29, 2010.

As McHenry County's premier business reference publication, the Book of Lists is an important tool for those you do business with.

But we need your help.  We need you to provide content for the publication through an online survey!

Reasons to particpate in the survey:

  • The Book of Lists is a versatile reference for customers and clilents alike.
  • Participation is free!
  • Two new categories: Health Services and Cultural Arts
  • This is your opportunity for your business to be listed among your peers in a one-stop, easy-to-use resource.

To take the survey, visit and click on "Survey 2011" here or at the top of the Biz-Journal home page.

Submission deadline is November 15, 2010.

For more information, contact Kurt Begalka at 815.526.4432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Chroma Adds Representative in Southwestern Territory

Chroma Corporation and Annolino & Associates, LLC have entered into an agreement where Annolino & Associates, LLC becomes the Southwestern territory representative and sales agent for the entire line of compounded products offered by Chroma Corporation. This includes concentrates, precolor, glass filled compounds, photoluminescent, Biodegradable concentrates, FDA Frosted PET colors and the entire line of products designed for the rotational molding community, which includes dry colors, Photoluminescent Compounds and Glow putty. Annolino & Associates, LLC. will add these products to their existing line of resins and compounds. “Joe Annolino brings a unique and valuable skill set to the Chroma family,” said Tom Bolger, President of Chroma Corporation.  Stuart Swain, Director of Sales and Marketing, said, “Joe’s background and extensive knowledge and experience in combination with Chroma’s industry leadership are a winning combination.  Having Joe as part of the team will permit Chroma to service the industry even better than before”.

Thanks to Stewart Swain of Chroma Corporation for sharing this press release!

Photoluminescent Safety Association Elects New Officers at 2010 Annual Business Meeting

Arlington, VA, October 25, 2010— The Photoluminescent Safety Association has elected two new board members and new officers at its 2010 Annual Business Meeting, held September 22 at the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel. The new directors are Joe Bloomfield, GlowZone Inc., returning for a second term, and Al Carlson, with Jessup Manufacturing Company, McHenry, IL who was a founding board member.

The following are the officers for the coming year:

  • President Phil Befumo, United Mineral & Chemical Corporation;
  • Executive Vice President Jim Armour, Balco, Inc.;
  • Vice President Marina Batzke, American Permalight, Inc.;
  • Secretary Joe Bloomfield, GlowZone Inc.
  • Treasurer Al Carlson. Jessup Manufacturing Company.

Affinia Group Inc., a global leader in the on-and off-highway replacement parts and service industry, has named Rick Pizarek as Vice President - Global Chassis, reporting to David Overbeeke, President of Affinia Global Brake & Chassis.

For the past three years, Pizarek has served as Vice-President and General Manager of Asia Operations for Affinia’s Global Brake & Chassis Group based in Shanghai, Pizarek led Affinia’s under vehicle business activities throughout Asia.

“Affinia is committed to serving our customers as a World Smart™ company, providing the highest quality replacement products at globally competitive prices,” Overbeeke said. “Rick has cultivated close business relationships with our Asian joint venture partners, global suppliers and other stakeholders, all essential to assuring that we continue to fulfill our mission.”

CHROMA CORPORATION - 3900 W. Dayton Street - McHenry, IL 60050

Chroma's Biodegradable master batch for Thermoplastic polyolefin receives ASTM D6954 Certification 

McHenry, IL, November 16, 2010– Chroma Corporation introduces its new line of biodegradable masterbatches that allows processors to make standard polypropylene and polyethylene biodegradable. They also have a product for PET bottles and sheet. The products are FDA sanctioned and RoHS directive compliant. The products are ASTM D6954 Certified by the SP Institute of Sweden which emphatically and unequivocally proves products made with this additive are completely biodegradable. The concentrate passed all three tiers of the test which include degradation, biodegradation, and eco-toxicity.

3rd Annual Manufacturing Matchmaking Event 2009 Tuesday, October 27 was another success!

illinoismanufacturingnetworkingOver 100 companies participated in the 2009 Manufacturing Matchmaking Event held at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake. This speed dating for manufacturers program is designed to create opportunities for local manufacturers by providing 8 to 10 twenty minute appointments throughout the morning. Plans are underway to hold the event again next October.

As we plan for 2010, other initiatives are also underway to help grow our manufacturing base. Some of the ideas include a 'women in manufacturing' group, industrial park exchanges, and a manufacturing education advisory group. If you are interested in any of these programs, please give us a call at 815.363.0444.

If you have an idea or concern you would like to share, please contact our EDC President, Pam Cumpata, 815.363.0444.

You may also visit to find out more about what McHenry County EDC is doing to shape the economy of the county.

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