Manufacturing Careers Internship Program

The MCWN Youth Program partnered with Business and Career Services (BCS) to provide youth with an opportunity to participate in the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP). Youth in the MCIP participated in a 3 week Bootcamp in which they received their OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Safety Certification, learned the “A Game” strategies that employers look for, and participated in a Power Employment Workshop. Youth also had the opportunity to participate in 8 different company tours/presentations with different manufacturing companies throughout McHenry County.

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McHenry County, IL – Back by popular demand, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is pleased to host its 6th  Manufacturing Matchmaking event on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, 7:30-11:30 am. Over 300 companies have participated in this event in the past and we are pleased to provide our Manufacturing Industry Sector with this opportunity.

This ‘speed dating’ for manufacturers event provides attendees with an opportunity to meet with seven companies for preselected ten minute appointments.  Formal matches end at 10:30 AM and there is an additional opportunity for open matches and networking until 11:30 AM.

A few quotes from previous MCEDC Manufacturing Matchmaking events...

 "This is better than cold calling" - "A very positive experience" - "I have been to other events but they were not as organized, I liked the speed dating format and will suggest it to others" - "The event is logical, efficient and flows easily" - "After our first appointment, the event was already worth the effort to come here" - "Great way to get past the gatekeepers".

Pam Cumpata, MCEDC President stated, “this is a win win opportunity for our regional manufacturers.  There is no cost to attend, is held in a convenient Crystal Lake location, is a morning only event and provides an opportunity to meet with potential buyers and suppliers as well as resource service providers.”

How it works...once registrations are finalized, a listing of all participating companies is sent to registrants. Companies review the list and select and rank their preferred matched (appointments) using a convenient online selection form.  Each registrant can select and rank up to ten preferred matches.  Upon arrival, attendees receive a detailed match schedule. During the matches, companies share product samples, brochures and discuss potential business opportunities.

Click here to Register Online Now! The registration deadline is Friday, May 16th, 2014.  Contact MCEDC directly (815.893.0895) with any questions or for additional information.

Congratulations to First Institute and the cooperative partnership efforts which has resulted in the creation of the Mobile Welding Lab. This lab is available for on-site training and will help prepare workers to meet the demands and needs of our local manufacturers.


Take a tour inside the bus on Friday, April 4th, from 2 to 4 PM outside of Knaack Mfg. Co. - 420 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL.

Global Midwest Alliance - Manufacturing Industry Event

 Advanced Manufacturing: What Is It and How Will It Affect My Business?
- Click here to Register

April 24, 2014
7:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

1177 South Dee Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068

INVITATION-2014-04-24-Manufacturing-EventGlobal Midwest Alliance, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, TMA, and sponsor Cendrowski Corporate Advisors invite you to the first program in the Alliance's 2014 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Throughout the year, this series of programs will highlight industry expertise, innovation and technology, and globalization opportunities in growing industries.

Join us at TMA headquarters on April 24 as the Alliance hosts its annual manufacturing industry program for a three-part discussion on innovation, growth and globalization in the advanced manufacturing sector. This year's keynote speaker, Peter Eelman, Vice President, Exhibitions & Communications for the Association for Manufacturing Technology, will discuss the new opportunities and economic benefits that advanced manufacturing is providing in the Midwest and globally.

Hear from our Innovation Panel, comprised of industry experts and insiders, who will host a discussion on recent advancements in technology that are increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the global marketplace. Finally, the Growth and Opportunities Panel, which will be comprised of leaders in the manufacturing industry, will review and discuss the case for manufacturing exports and how advanced manufacturers can lead the charge in the economic recovery.

Manufacturers will have the opportunity to learn how advanced manufacturing can be used to change both the local and global landscape, as well as network with industry leaders, corporate executives, government officials and advanced manufacturers.

The cost to attend this industry breakfast program is $75 per person, payable at the time of registration. Seats are limited.
Please register on or before April 23, 2014


Crystal Lake Robotics team goes to Spain

fruit-salad-robotics-teamFruit Salad, an all-girl robotics team, is traveling to Pamplona, Spain to participate in the FIRST Lego League Open European Championship. Fruit Salad is one of eight teams selected from over 14,000 to represent the United States and Canada in this global competition.

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is an international program for youths ages 8 to 14 that aims to increase interest in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - as well as teach valuable employment and life skills.

Fruit Salad is comprised of six 8th grade girls from Crystal Lake. The team earned the First Place Champions' Award at a regional tournament in Harvard in December and advanced to the Northern Illinois state competition held in Arlington Heights in February where they took the Second Place Champions Award. As a result of their outstanding performance, Fruit Salad was invited to the FLL Open European Championship where they will compete in a field of 90 teams from 70 countries across the globe. The girls will be traveling to Spain for this competition, which takes place May 28–31.

Fruit Salad will be hosting several fundraisers to subsidize their trip. Join the girls for a meal at the following locations and help them get to Spain:

Tuesday, April 1st from 5-8pm at the Culver's in Crystal Lake
Wednesday, April 9th from 5-9pm at the Chipotle in Crystal Lake
Thursday, April 17th from 5-8pm at Nick's Pizza in Crystal Lake
Tuesday, April 22nd from 11am-10pm at the Fuddruckers in Algonquin

For more information about Fruit Salad or to make a tax deductible donation, please visit For more information about FLL, go to

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Your McHenry County Economic Development Corporation is again hoping to spark interest in manufacturing by bringing our high school students to the premier manufacturing technology show being held this September at McCormick Place.

This will be the 30th edition of the ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING & TECHNOLOGY SHOW (IMTS) with over 1,900 exhibiting companies, occupying 1,240,863 net square feet of exhibit space. IMTS is held every even-numbered year in Chicago and attracts more than 100,000 buyers and sellers from over 112 countries.

In 2012, thanks to our manufacturing partners, we were able to bring 844 McHenry County high school students via 15 coach buses to McCormick place to attend the show and participate in the student center opportunities.  This year, we already have had requests from local high schools and may need 20 to 25 buses.  Businesses, municipalities, organizations and individuals who wish to sponsor a bus should contact our office.

Here in McHenry County, the manufacturing sector is responsible for 25% of our economy. We are proactively working to address both the skills gap and the forecasted retirement impact in our workforce by engaging our youth. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education is vital and we hope to show our young people some of the opportunities in advanced manufacturing and innovative technology, and how STEM education can lead to practical applications, good paying jobs, and careers.

In a recent report by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, they noted that "Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest and the fifth largest in the U.S." They commented further that "Exports represent the single fastest-growing segment of the Illinois economy."

With that in mind, we hope you are considering how your company can get into exporting or maximize your efforts utilizing best practices, etc. A great step in the right direction would be to attend the Go Global 2014 on May 7th in Rockford at the Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107.

Learn how to develop and implement a proactive international business development strategy at this one-day conference. International trade experts will speak on a variety of topics essential to your company's global success.

Topics Include:
• Export Business Planning: The Building Blocks for Global Success
• Five Secrets of Going Global with Success
• Market Selection
• The State of the Global Economy
• Supply chain strategy

Who should attend: Attend Go Global if you are an executive manager of:
• Corporate Legal
• Operations
• Procurement
• Sales/Marketing
• Supply Chain
• Trade Compliance

Five Reasons to Reserve Your Seat at Go Global Now!
• Take away practical information on relevant global topics
• Learn from globally recognized experts in their fields
• Network and compare notes with business executives from around the Stateline
• Build your resource network with the highest concentration of experts in the Stateline
• Brand your organization as a global leader at this premiere international trade event

Cost is $99 which includes continental breakfast and lunch.  Click here to Register

"Midwest manufacturing activity has grown faster than the nation during the past few years" according to Kevin Kliesen, Business Econommist and Research Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  According to a new study done by University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Urban Economic Development and reported by Crain's, our region saw manufacturing jobs growing faster than the United States overall during the last three years. 

One of the ways you can grow YOUR company is to take advantage of opportunities that will help you to increase sales, improve processes, etc.  One such event is the Boeing Supplier Symposium being hosted by Congressman Adam Kinzinger on March 10th from 10 to 2:30 pm at the Chicago Rockford International Airport.  Registration is required, contact Bea Miller at 815.969.4255.  Another upcoming, and highly successful event is Go Global 2014 being held this year on May 7th in Rockford. This conference provides cutting edge information on international trade. For more information or to register, visit our home page at

Back by popular demand is the McHenry County EDC Manufacturing Matchmaking event on June 12th.  Details will soon be available on how you can participate. This event is designed to be  'speed dating' for manufacturers and enable you to have 7 to 10 pre arranged appointments.  In our 6th year, it is being sponsored again by Castle Bank.

We are excited to annouce our 2014 Manufacturing Matchmaking Event.  This 'speed dating' for manufacturers will be held Thursday, June 12th at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake.  CASTLE BANK is the sponsor of this event which is now in its sixth year.  Details will be available soon.


Chicago's Goose Island aea will be home to the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. Announced this week, this lab is the result of a public-private partnership which includes 23 Universities and over 40 other companies, organizations and entitites. The Executive Director of the facility is Caralynn Nowinski.  The goal of the institute is to be a place for manufacturers to learn about the latest digital technoloigies.  Reserachers and entrepreneurs alike will be able to work out ideas, try new theories, products and hopefully grow businesses.   Director Nowinski emphasized in the Chicago Tribune article on February 24, 2014, that the goal is not to just do research, but "commercialize" so that new products are created as well as jobs.


Go Global Conference 2014 - Cutting Edge Information on International Trade

Date: May 7, 2014 – Location: Giovanni’s in Rockford, IL

Learn more! Visit: 

Register NOW  for Go Global 2014

Stateline's Premier International Trade Conference


Join us on

May 7, 2014

Giovanni's Restaurant & Convention Center
610 N Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107


Registration is $99 per person

Continental breakfast and lunch included


To register,  click here  or call Go Global at 815-969-4267


Learn how to develop and implement a proactive international business development strategy at this one-day conference. International trade experts will speak on a variety of topics essential to your company's global success.


Topics Include:

  • Export Business Planning: The Building Blocks for Global Success
  • Five Secrets of Going Global with Success
  • Market Selection
  • The State of the Global Economy
  • Supply chain strategy 


Attend Go Global if you are an executive manager of:  

  • Corporate Legal
  • Operations
  • Procurement
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Supply Chain
  • Trade Compliance  


Five Reasons to Reserve Your Seat at Go Global Now!

  • Take away practical information on relevant global topics
  • Learn from globally recognized experts in their fields
  • Network and compare notes with business executives from around the Stateline
  • Build your resource network with the highest concentration of experts in the Stateline
  • Brand your organization as a global leader at this premiere international trade event  


Leave confident and inspired, feeling better informed and genuinely excited about your business's global growth opportunities!  

View the 2014 Go Global Conference agenda and speakers list.

Promote YOUR company by sponsoring Go Global 2014.


 For Sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Carrie Zethmayr of the RAEDC at 815-969-4263



For more information, visit the Go Global website and follow us on Facebook.



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.



The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center of the Rockford Area (ITC) is a program that works directly with companies to increase the total value of goods exported from the Rockford Area of Illinois. Services are provided to companies to walk them through the process of establishing and growing an export program. The ITC also can provide assistance to foreign companies interested in sourcing manufactured products from the United States.   



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Doing Business with Canada Workshop


Breakfast Workshop and Networking Event

Canada and the United States benefit from the world's largest trading relationship. Deeply integrated supply chains connect trade partners on both sides of the border in industries such as automotive manufacturing, aerospace and construction machinery. These supply chains support hundreds of thousands of jobs and strengthen local communities throughout our two countries. With nearly $36.2 billion in two-way trade, Canada is the largest export market for thirty-five U.S. states.

RSVP: To register, please contact Asali Locke-Ellison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or847.653.1982


Space is limited, so please reserve your spot early. This program is offered exclusively to companies that are interested in expanding through importing from, exporting to, or investing in Canada. 

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Carlucci Restaurant
6111 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018


Doing business with Canada makes sense! Participate in this interactive workshop. Dive into specific questions or concerns regarding work with and in Canada.MB Financial Bank, the Government of Canada Trade Commissioner Service, Investissement Quebec and the U.S. Commercial Service invite you to join them for breakfast and a special workshop that will help you navigate the complexities and explore the benefits of entering the Canadian market as an exporter, importer or investor.



Detailed Agenda for Doing Business with Canada Workshop



8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.     Breakfast and Registration

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.     Welcoming Remarks

Scott Baranski, Senior Vice President, International Banking, MB Financial Bank
8:35 - 9:00 a.m.     International Payment Methods and Foreign Exchange Services
Paul Warfield, Vice President, International Banking, MB Financial Bank
Despina Margiori, Vice President, Foreign Exchange Sales, MB Financial Bank
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.     Import and Export Ready?
Getting ready to do business outside of the U.S. is a complex undertaking, but the basic
principles of exporting and importing are quite straightforward. Thousands of firms of all
sizes and in all sectors have learned to use these principles successfully. With careful
planning and a solid commitment to becoming an exporter or an importer, your company
can be successful in the global market place too. Topics that will be addressed in this
panel are:
             * developing a market entry strategy
             * shifting from passively to actively exporting your products
             * managing cross-border travel
             * having the right export documentation
             * learning how to find buyers or distribution partners
Ric Frantz, CEO, LR
Neil Pickett, Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service
Alexis Roy, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago
9:45 - 10:30 a.m.       Investing and Succeeding in Canada
Learn how you could benefit from Canada's and Quebec's business environment that
encourages innovation and creativity.
Discussion topics will include:
             * key sectors in Canada and Quebec
             * business and investment environment
             * vehicles for establishing a business
             * taxation
             * protection of intellectual property
             * R&D tax credits and other incentive programs
Claude Jodoin, Partner, Fasken Martineau law firm, Montreal office
Jérome Nadeau, Director, Chicago Office, Invest Québec
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.     Networking and Open Consultation with Speakers
11:00 a.m.                  End of program




McHenry County Economic Development (MCEDC) announced the 2013 Business Champion Award winners at the MCEDC Annual Dinner on November 5, 2013. Over 400 business leaders attended the event which culminates with the Business Champion Award presentations


Pictured L-R: Bill Lewis, Advanced Flexible Composites, Lake in the Hills, Sandra Pierce, Phoenix Woodworking, Woodstock, Karl Schult, Covidien, Crystal Lake, and Nathan Frost, Watlow, Richmond.

For the past six 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. There were 15 business champion finalists.” The 2013 Business Champions were presented their awards by Harry Kraemer, (Board Member of Sage Products, LLC, Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners, Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Former Chairman and CEO of Baxter International) keynote speaker at the Annual Dinner and by Gary Overbay, MCEDC Chairman of the Board.

Phoenix Woodworking, Huntley was selected in Category 1 (less than 25 employees). Faced the many challenges of the recent recession, this company worked hard to keep everyone employed by reducing hours and using downtime to provide training and build on certifications. Sandra Pierce, President, accepted the award. Cumpata noted that Sandra not only has an outstanding company, but she is active leader in many organizations and a long time investor/member in MCEDC.

In the mid-size company category of 25 to 100 employees, Advanced Flexible Components, Lake in the Hills, is the 2013 Business Champion. This company is a family owned business who really believes in family. They have been in business in McHenry County for over 25 years, have had double digit growth and grown their businesses into a multi-site facility. Cumpata noted that not only were they a family owned company, but they believe in hiring family members – brothers, sisters, husband/wife, etc. and have found it to provide a stable work environment. Bill Lewis, President accepted the award with Vice President Dale Lewis cheering him on.

Watlow of Richmond is the winner in the category 100 to 299 employees. This company was nominated by an employee who began as a temp employee in 1993 and who wanted to recognize the tremendous employee support and training this company provides.   Cumpata commented that this company has a culture that recognizes the employees as team members and provides them with on-site education opportunities to help them develop and grow professionally. They have been a strong partner with MCEDC in its effort to help inspire young people to go into manufacturing as a career. Nathan Frost, Director of Operations accepted the award on behalf of the entire team.

In the category of over 300 employees, the judges had quite a challenge since all of the nominees were exceptional companies who bring value to McHenry County. Karl Schult, Engineering Manager accepted the award for Covidien of Crystal Lake. This company has invested over $17 million in capital over the last four years, developed an initiative which prevented over 6 million pounds of scrap from entering landfills, relocated a subsidiary from Texas to Crystal Lake, increased employment by approximately 100 jobs and developed a new intern program with a local high school. Pam Cumpata commented that Covidien is another strong partner in helping to encourage young people on the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation congratulates all of our finalists: Effective Product Solutions - Lake in the Hills, Radicom - McHenry, Tegel Design - Huntley, Camfil - Crystal Lake, Eisenmann - Crystal Lake, Haiges Machinery - Huntley, Kold Ban International Ltd - Lake in the Hills, Curran Group, Crystal Lake, H.S. Crocker – Huntley, Aptar Group-Crystal Lake, Knaack LLC – Crystal Lake and our 2013 Business Champions - Phoenix Woodworking, Advanced Flexible Composites, Watlow and Covidien.

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