Made in Chicago Featured Company: PortionPac

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 14, 2018 2:00:00 PM

PortionPac manufactures highly concentrated, pre-measured cleaning products that reduce the resources used throughout the lifecycle of production, storage, distribution and disposal, minimize the adverse effects of chemicals on the environment, and eliminate the unsafe and ineffective habits of traditional cleaning procedures.

The PortionPac System offers a complete line of products for cleaning and disinfecting office complexes, government and civic buildings, health care facilities and hospitality. Some of their customers include: building service contractors, K-12 janitorial services, colleges and universities, and U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). All Purpose Cleaner pH Neutral Germicidal Detergent BowlPac Bathroom Cleaner GlassPac Glass Cleaner MopPacLITE pH Neutral Floor Cleaner SteamPac Carpet Extraction Detergent.

They pride themselves on progressive leadership, user-centric educational services, innovative products and packaging that are easier on the environment and safer for customers. 

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: KVF Quad Corporation

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 13, 2018 3:18:18 PM

Since 1997, KVF Quad Corporation’s quality management system has been ISO Certified, and continues to maintain their qualifications to the most current revisions. KVF has a long history of providing quality products to customers such as Case-New Holland, Caterpillar, John Deere and a host of other companies who provide quality parts to the agricultural, aerospace, automotive, medical and construction industries.

KVF focuses on monitoring customer satisfaction, using quality suppliers and products, practicing continual improvement policies, and minimizing rework and waste. KVF’s quality policy and motto “To meet or exceed our customer’s expectations” reflects how actions bear testimony towards their total commitment. Listening to their customer, determining needs, defining product requirements and applying measures ensure that their processes provide consistent uniform results and continuous customer satisfaction.

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Continuous Improvement Comes to Quincy, IL

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 12, 2018 9:48:00 AM

 

There is always room to improve any process or operation. By equipping team members to apply lean manufacturing principles and techniques, companies gain a competitive edge internally and externally. Continuous improvement is a method designed to implement incremental changes that will improve efficiency, increase profits and eliminate waste.

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Manufacturing Sales Need to Undergo a Transformation

Posted by Simone Erskine on Sep 11, 2018 10:59:50 AM

 

Technology and business processes are advancing and changing – but are manufactures adapting to the changing sales environment to maintain their competitive edge? No matter if you are in a dedicated sales role, or if you occasionally promote your company’s products and services, it is essential to adjust your sales tactics.

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: EmberGlo

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 7, 2018 10:17:44 AM

In 1953, Midco designed an innovative new charcoal-free, gas-fired broiler for famed Chicago restaurant Don Roth's Black Hawk Restaurant. In time, industry demand for this exceptional development resulted in the creation of the EmberGlo division, a branch of Midco International dedicated to the needs of the food service industry.

Over the years, the EmberGlo division has expanded to encompass not only gas and electric broilers but a full line of heavy-duty food steamers and commercial kitchen accessories. Although the product line has expanded, the essential elements of EmberGlo's success have remained the same quality, reliability, durability and customer service.

As a manufacturer of Broilers and Steamers for 60 Years, EmberGlo's popular Gas Broilers are carefully designed to be all-ceramic, open-hearth, charcoal-free and include the exclusive patented Flaretrol system to control flame flare ups and has the added benefit of No Messy Grease pan. They also provide food Steamers for counter tops that can be direct water hook up or self contained. Front open models can fit under the counter.

EmberGlo is an ISO 9001 Registered Company, and are committed to providing quality products, innovative solutions through technology and value added services to all customers. 

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Excelsior, Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 5, 2018 3:43:52 PM

They first opened their doors in 1916 in Rockford, Illinois.  Throughout the years, Excelsior has been able to combine the sophistication required to deal with large international OEM manufacturers while retaining the scale and personal service valued by companies of all sizes.  Whether it is a standard part for a household consumer product or proprietary piece for an aerospace company, their team will work with customers to design, prototype and manufacture parts that meet the exact specifications of any project.

Excelsior takes pride in their expansive material stock, high level of technical competence, rapid prototyping, processes, flexible delivery and stocking programs, and their AS9100 Aerospace quality management system!

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Lucrezia, Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Aug 31, 2018 2:18:00 PM

Grandma Toste was born in 1913 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Mario Pustorino and Lucrezia Fattorie. Both her parents were from Calabria, Italy and spoke little to no English but learned the language quickly. They both became citizens and raised Grandma Toste to be a great baker and cook. She loved entertaining and feeding her family and friends with many of her favorite recipes.

After marrying Grandpa Toste, they became the proud owners of the Finesse Bakery in Boston and later a wonderful Italian restaurant in Chicago called Christina’s. Grandma Toste has been sharing the family cannoli filling and cannoli filled cakes since 1940. Grandma Toste’s gourmet dessert products are available at a number of local food markets and grocery stores including Casey’s food store in Naperville and Mariano’s Fresh Markets in the Chicagoland area.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Jarco

Posted by Marketing Support on Aug 29, 2018 3:39:23 PM

Since their founding in 1959, Jarco has built quality into every aspect of every unit. From initial design to the final inspection, a Jarco unit is fabricated to be the most reliable truck on the road. From bumper to bumper, they ensure that their tank trucks reflects quality.

Jarco takes pride in their dedicated and skilled people who are inspired to provide products and customer service that exceed expectations. They prioritize building and maintaining strong relationships with their customers, suppliers and industry.

A Jarco tank unit is truly engineered chassis to tank, beginning on the drawing board. Matching the tank to the correct chassis is a critical step, considering carefully the correct wheelbase, axle capacity, transmission choices and federal and state regulations. Jarco expertise aims to provide the right results for any specific needs.

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Team Spotlight- Jim Floyd

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 28, 2018 3:27:00 PM

 

Jim brings over 17 years of expertise in sustainable, lean transformation and continuous process improvements to IMEC. Joining the team as a Technical Specialist in January 2018, the quality of his work embodies IMEC’s mission by helping organizations lead the way to their competitive future.

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Achieve Significant Productivity in Manufacturing and Logistics with IoT: How the Chicago Connectory Supports Digital Journeys

Posted by Simone Erskine on Aug 28, 2018 1:55:00 PM

This article was written by René Bonse, The Chicago Connectory

The Internet of Things, or IoT, might be one of the most used “buzz” words in the business world nowadays; but how did it become so well-known and why is it so important? IoT refers to the use of sensors and information technology to develop a better understanding of our world and enable applications that improve people’s everyday lives, dramatically.

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