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    Dordan to Debut Class 8 Cleanroom Thermoforming Capabilities at PACK EXPO

    Chicago, IL, Oct. 14-17—Dordan Manufacturing, a custom thermoformer of plastic packaging and product solutions like dunnage/WIP trays, functional components, and insert trays, clamshells, and blisters, to debut class 8 cleanroom thermoforming capabilities at PACK EXPO International.

    The 57-year old custom thermoformer has built a reputation of design and manufacturing excellence, providing thermoformed packaging solutions to the retail, healthcare, automotive, and industrial end-markets. Family-owned and operated, Dordan has 11 in-line thermoforming machines that convert 75-million pounds of material annually. Providing all thermoform design, tooling, production, and ISO 9001:2015 certified quality-management services under one-roof, Dordan has complete control over the thermoforming process; this full-service integration facilitates ease of entry into a market that requires adherence to strict quality and transparency processes and standards.

    Dordan’s entrance into the medical device packaging market is a natural progression for a company that prides itself on producing high-quality thermoformed products and packaging solutions. Dordan President & CEO Daniel Slavin explains,

    “With the increasing commodification of retail packaging married with the rise in ecommerce, the function of packaging is rapidly changing. Thermoformed packaging—while always an effective vehicle for selling product at retail—also offers medical device manufacturers a sterile, functional, and cost-effective medium for protecting and distributing products. As a custom and nimble thermoformer with an established and effective quality-management system, Dordan has the opportunity to move into this market through strategic investment in technologies, equipment, and talent.”

  2.  Manufacturing:Filling the Talent Pipeline Series“As of December 2017, there [are] 12.5 million manufacturing jobs.” Sales are increasing but there are not enoughskilled workers to fill these positions Learn how to attract both skilled workers and the next generation of employees. Candidates want to learn more about your company culture, training provides, company philosophy and your community involvement.  “People want to be part of something bigger than themselves.” Paul Jacobs  In today's market the candidate will research your company before they even apply. What would they find when researching your company? Do your products benefit the environment, the community, wellness or defense? You will not only receive useful ideas, we will be working together implementing these steps during our workshop. OBJECTIVESDevelop marketing and sales tools to attract both skilled workers and the next generationDefine your internal brandAdvertise online by adding a career page to your websiteUtilize social media to illustrate your company culture and collect leads Presenting instructors specialize in working with manufacturers with over 25 years experience in sales & marketing strategy, web development, graphic design, content development and social media.  WHO SHOULD ATTENDBusiness owners, HR Directors, Directors of Marketing COSTCost/company – Cost covers up to 2 attendees/company $150 per class or$500 for all four classes  CLASSES: 3-6pm September 27:Attracting Millennials October 25:Building your Internal Brand November 15:Building a Career Page December 20:Using Social Media to Attract Talent LOCATION MCEDC OfficeRoom #240620 Dakota StreetCrystal Lake, IL 60012REGISTER NOW!  for the September27th Class #1Buy All Four Class Series - Click HERE

  3. Metro Chicago Exports is accepting applications of interest for our export assistance programs. MCE’s complimentary export assistance programs help businesses reach their export potential by providing a range of financial, networking, and training support. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from now through September 30, 2018.

    Apply now at MetroChicagoExports.com!

    Exporters located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties and the City of Chicago with less than 500 employees are encouraged to apply. More information can be found at MetroChicagoExports.com. As of April 1, 2018, Metro Chicago Exports is now a part of a new economic development organization – the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC). Within the new organization, MCE’s exporting programs will continue to provide valuable resources to businesses throughout the region. Chicago Regional Growth Corporation is a regional economic development organization that drives collaboration among public and private partners in order to generate inclusive growth and prosperity across northeastern Illinois.  To learn more about our new initiative, please visit the website: www.chicagoregionalgrowth.com

  4. As a proud partner of Metro Chicago Exports, we would be happy to provide more information or assistance.

    - McHenry County EDC




  5. JA Frate Groundbreaking Ceremony


    Congratulations to JA Frate on their expansion! Not only are they one of our long time and valued investors supporting our efforts to impact McHenry County’s economy, but they were recognized as an MCEDC Business Champion in 2016! 


    JA Frate Breaks Ground on Building Expansion

    On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, local transportation and distribution company JA Frate held a groundbreaking ceremony at their headquarters in McHenry. The event commemorated the start of construction of a 40,000 square foot expansion as a result of growing customer demand. This extensive addition is a testament to the rapid growth and success of the company. In attendance were representatives of the City of McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett, Director of Economic Development Doug Martin, Superintendent Ryan Schwalenberg, and Ross Polerecky of the Department of Community Development. Also in attendance were representatives from American Community Bank, the McHenry County Economic Development Committee, M-3 Construction, Gillespie Design Group, and Condon Engineering.

  6. Duraflex, Inc. – Purchases New Add-on Expansion Facility in Cary, IL!

    Duraflex, Inc., leading high tech engineers and manufacturers of metal bellows components and full assemblies are proud to announce the recent purchase of our latest expansion facility in Cary, Illinois USA!


    Cary, IL – July 20, 2018 – Duraflex, Inc. is expanding! As a direct result of decades of company-wide dedication, our investments in the very latest innovative manufacturing equipment, processes, cutting-edge technology and the increased demand for our highly engineered bellows products and services, Duraflex, Inc. is reporting record growth. To accommodate our latest developments, Duraflex, Inc. has doubled the size our facilities. Our newest add-on facility boasts 26,000 sqft. of beautiful industrial space nestled on 2.5 pristine acres located less than 1 mile from our Duraflex, Inc. Corporate Offices (765 Industrial Drive, Cary, IL 60013).

    Duraflex, Inc. has been successfully supplying high-tech engineering design services for metal bellows components and full assemblies to OEM’s and diverse industries for decades. Our unparalleled engineering experience, extensive testing capabilities and the finished quality of our products makes Duraflex, Inc. an ideal “single source solution” supplier for standard to unique applications. “Engineered for Confidence. Designed to Perform.”

  7. United Alloy To Expand in Harvard

    United Alloy, Inc. (UAI) is coming to Harvard. UAI produces high quality welding and repair products. The company needs to hire at least 20 full-time and experienced AWS D1.1 MIG welders to support the new facility. UAI wants to hire local Harvard area welders now and will employ them at their Janesville WI headquartersuntil the new facility is built. UAI will ultimately employ 50 welders in Harvard. To help fulfill this need, the City of Harvard and UAI have partnered with McHenry County College to create a training program for persons who are seeking a career in welding with UAI. Graduates of the 8-week program who pass UAI test requirements will be hired by UAI. Financial assistance for the training may be available. The City will host an open house to provide details in August.

  8. Congratulations to our partner United Way and to all of the exceptional McHenry County companies who made such an impact!

    United Way Celebrates Campaign Success

    Brake Parts, Inc. received the Benchmark Award at the United Way Annual Celebration for raising $273,355 during the #GiveWhereYouLive Campaign

    United Way of Greater McHenry County (UWGMC) announced their campaign results at their annual campaign celebration with 260 guests in attendance on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Starline Factory in Harvard. 

    Campaign Chair and community member Jeff DeHaan kicked off the evening announcing that this year’s efforts resulted in raising $1.436 million. “I want to acknowledge our donors, staff and volunteers for all their efforts in helping raise awareness across the county through enhanced social media activity, exceptional outreach generating more than 25 new campaigns and everything they have done to bring our organization to a whole new level. Ultimately, this means we can help more people in McHenry County.” DeHaan said.

    The campaign runs annually from September to June with funds coming from employee payroll deductions, corporations and individuals outside of a workplace program. Funds raised are distributed to 30 local nonprofits for specific programs that fill needs throughout the county in the areas of health, education and independence.

  9. The HEDC website has a searchable Land and Sites feature. See it HERE. The interactive site features information on the new Harvard-Woodstock Enterprise Zone, Arrowhead Industrial Park Phase III (including a site plan), the Foreign Trade Zone and other incentives including Harvard's dual TIF District and façade fund. The site is also accessible throughwww.illinoisenterprisezone.com.



    Harvard Economic Development Corporation's  Land & Sites Database is a searchable database of Harvard's best Commercial, Industrial and Vacant/Site opportunities. No registration required. 

    Direct Gateway to Sites HERE

  10. Back by popular demand…


    Instructor-led - Online Course

    Check out the instructor and learn more about this course!


  11. McHenry County College to Host Networking Events 

    The McHenry County College Career Services Office is hosting two separate Career Networking events featuring employers representing a variety of fields, including business, accounting, healthcare and fitness.

    The Business Networking event takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Room B166-167 at MCC. This event focuses on careers in accounting, administrative office management, business, management, marketing, computer information systems and digital media. Students and community members will have the opportunity to meet with employers who will discuss their company and provide information on employment opportunities. A preliminary list of participating employers include: PolyOne Corporation, Rita Corporation, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores, Snap-on Tools and Working World Staffing Services. Event is co-sponsored by three MCC student clubs: Black Student Union, Business Club and Latinos Unidos.

    The Healthcare and Fitness Networking event takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 in Room 166-167. This event focuses on careers in health & information technology, nursing, nursing assistant education, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, health & fitness education, emergency medical training (EMS) career areas. A preliminary list of participating employers include: Advocate Health Care, Caravel Autism Health, Centegra Health System, Elite Care Management, Hearthstone Communities, Mobile Therapy Centers of America and Sunrise Senior Living.

    Students and community members will have the opportunity to meet with employers who will provide information about their companies and employment opportunities. Employers will have the opportunity to meet with students to discuss their company and provide information on employment opportunities. Co-sponsored by the MCC Student Nurses Association and the MCC Student Occupational Therapy Club.

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    An Employer Workshop Event Coming Soon! February 27th from 8:00 - 9:30 am at the Shah Center. Save the Date!


  13. Join us for a casual and informative breakfast to gather valuable knowledge and build sound business relationships.

    [email protected] is Back!


    Building a Civilized Workplace

      How much is Negativity Costing You and Your Company?

  14. Help us spread the word throughout McHenry County about

    Co-Working @ the Café!

    Opens Monday, August 7th

    With a Grand Opening Connection Reception at 4 p.m.


  15. health care event

    From the McHenry County Workforce Network:  Information abou the upcoming Healthcare Career Expo & Hiring Event - Tuesday May 16th. Presentation begins promptly at 5pm. 

    Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017Time: 5:00 pmLocation: McHenry County College Shah Center4100 Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050 

  16. hc fair

    Health Care Fair and Expo May 16, 2017

  17. GACC Midwest SME Forum

    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: http://bit.ly/2mIYFia


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    The April-June 2017 CATALYST is available!

    Schedule your workforce training NOW!

    While you wait for it to hit your mailboxesyou can access it on our website


  19. ComEd Achieves Industry Leading Reliability Results

    ComEd’s improved reliability helps drive economic growth and achieve record customer satisfaction


    CHICAGO (February 2, 2017) For the last five years, ComEd has updated and modernized its electrical grid to improve the reliability of its service to customers. The work has resulted in record setting performance that is also helping to power economic development and customer satisfaction.

    In 2016, ComEd customers experienced a15 percent reduction in the frequency of outages compared to 2015. This was best among all utilities according to Electric Benchmarking. Since investments began in 2012, frequency of outages has been reduced by nearly 34 percent and the duration of outages has been reduced by 48 percent. Additionally ComEd’s customer’s satisfaction ratings are at an all-time high. Market Strategies International, a top market research firm, named ComEd Most Improved Electric Utility of 2016.

    “Improving the reliability of our system for our customers has always been the fundamental goal of our smart grid work,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. “Constant, ongoing review of our system allowed us to strategically invest in areas that would benefit the greatest number of customers. Our record setting performance is the result of that work and demonstrates the commitment of our employees to provide our customers with best in class service.”

  20. TS 16949 Press Release Final

    MCEDC is pleased to share this release from Novation Industries, one of our valued Investor/members.



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