Amy Fitzgerald

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Why do businesses translate their websites and marketing material?

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 12, 2018 10:37:00 AM

Written by Rick Wysocki, President of Language SI

What language do you speak? 75% of internet users have reported they search using their native language even though they may speak English as a second language, and likely speak it very well.  Let's look at a few of the benefits of offering multiple language options on your website for your current/future customers.


"Manufacturing" Success in the Craft Beer Industry

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 8, 2018 10:37:31 AM

Manufacturing in Illinois doesn't necessarily mean only metals and machining. The market space is so much bigger! Today, there are more than 180 craft breweries representing this fine state and providing an opportunity for commerce and jobs, as well as tourism and leisure activities.

The domestic craft beer industry in 2016 represented a $23.5 billion market - a more than 10% growth from 2015.  This unique group of small manufacturers also represents a nearly 22% market share of the total US beer market (in dollars) and growing! 

Through the entrepeneurship of their founders and the ingenuity required to develop new beer styles and brands, the craft brewers of Illinois and across the U.S. are paving their own path to success. Learn more about the breweries in your neighborhood by visiting the Brewers Association online:


Employee Involvement Key to Improving Productivity

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 16, 2018 3:33:42 PM

Companies today are learning the key to reducing workplace inefficiency is right in front of them - their employees. Workers who are included and involved in a company's improvement process are more likely to buy into that process‑ especially when it involves change.


Develop a global sales strategy and unlock your export potential with ExporTech

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 13, 2018 10:09:31 AM

Calling all South Suburban Cook County manufacturers with an eye on global sales!

Are you struggling to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets?

Are you re-actively selling to international customers who find you, rather than taking a proactive and strategic approach to international sales?

If YES… ExporTech could be the answer.


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Focal Point LLC 

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 1, 2018 3:17:51 PM

Focal Point is a Chicago-based family owned and operated architectural lighting manufacturer that focuses on creating great luminaire designs that stand the test of time.  Their mission is to deliver beautifully simple forms to complete customers' architectural statements and optimal illumination to comfortably define the space and its purpose.

Focal Point believes that great lighting isn’t just about meeting technical design requirements. It’s about people. It’s about creating a more beautiful, functional environment wherever people live, work or gather. They are proud to call themselves lighting people – an independent provider of sustainable, American-built lighting products that make a difference for beautiful architectural spaces and the people who inhabit them. 


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Cool Mountain Beverages

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 1, 2018 3:17:24 PM


Chicago Draft Style began life as a frothy, creamy, rich root beer, formulated specifically to appeal to the tastes of Chicagoans, and to emulate the feel of this great city. At first it was produced only in kegs for local colleges and special events. However, a fierce demand for this craft style soda rapidly grew and became so overwhelming, the owners decided to put it in bottles, expand the brand portfolio, and make it available to everyone.

Chicago Draft Style has quickly become an essential part of “The Chicago Experience” with its rapid growth and a meteoric rise in popularity, Chicago Draft Style can now be found in retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, and wholesalers all over the city and its suburbs. And, is the featured beverage at the Willis Tower and the 103rd floor Sky Deck.


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Tegel Design

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 10, 2018 10:15:00 AM

Tegel Design excels at product development and the associated machinery design.  They can help provide a solution for any challenge through the application of uncommon and proven standards.

Tegel Design's primary focus is attention to life cycle cost.  Their work is adaptable to many industries including automotive, medical, consumer, and textile.  The company's specialties are are prototyping, process development, and product design.  They can take ideas and make them into realities with their on-site experts.

Made in Chicago Featured Company: R.S. Owens & Company

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 10, 2018 10:15:00 AM

R.S. Owens & Company has been producing elegant awards and gifts for almost 75 years.  They manufacture many of the world’s most prestigious and celebrated awards, including the Oscar®, Emmy, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the American Idol.

Launched in 1938, R.S. Owens is one of the largest manufacturers of upscale awards from raw material to finished product in the world. R.S. Owens' capabilities include mold-making, cast and metal fabrication, electro-plating in silver, 24k gold, and 30 other finshes, resin casting and finishing, art glas fusion and slumping, glass photo frames, portrait folders, fine chocolate and other edible gifts, photocast metal etching, screen printing, and laser engraving


Client Success in Strategy Implementation: Greenwood Plastics

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 4, 2018 1:18:18 PM

Greenwood Plastics Industries is a woman-owned, fourth generation manufacturer serving custom thermoforming needs and the deathcare industry since the early 1970s. As a true contributor to the Danville community, it was important for GPI to continue to improve their business processes, making the company a great home for employees and a leader in customer service for the next generation.


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Production Tool Companies, LLC

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 2, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Established in 1957, Production Tool has become known throughout North America for their unique capabilities of heavy fabrication, precision machining and complex assembly services on large, heavy components. The centuries of workforce experience and old world craftsmanship combined with state of the art equipment have solidified Production Tool's reputation in the industry as the source for large component manufacturing.

The company's capabilities include heavy fabrication, precision machining, and complex assembly projects.  Their number one goal is to provide value for customers which is achieved by handling some of the toughest and largest projects.


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