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Made in Illinois Featured Company: US Weight

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 6, 2019 10:25:56 AM

US Weight was founded in 1996 by Larry Mitchell and Matt Buchannan who were both entrepreneurs working in Olney, Illinois. The two partners purchased some of the fitness related assets from RoadMaster Corporation which was one of the largest sporting goods companies at the time. US Weight focused initially on the fitness market since it acquired the fitness weight manufacturing technology from RoadMaster originally developed by Diversified Products (DP) in the 1960s.

DP pioneered the concept of nonferrous weight sets encased in blow-molded polyethylene which significantly broadened the reach and appeal of fitness equipment and usage in the USA. These newly designed weights did not rust, did not scuff floors, were easy to handle, and were much lower cost than traditional cast iron fitness weights.

Escalade, Inc. purchased US Weight in 2001 from Larry and Matt to further expand its sporting goods business. Escalade, founded in 1927, is publicly -traded company on the Nasdaq (ESCA) and has been a leading manufacturer of sporting goods and outdoor recreation equipment for nearly 90 years. Escalade is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana and has operations throughout North America.

US Weight has called Olney, Illinois its home since the company started in 1998. The management team and manufacturing facility are both located in Olney. With an entrepreneurial team and unique manufacturing capabilities, US Weight has grown and expanded its product range over the years. Today, the US Weights product range includes tractor wheel weights, suitcase weights, tiller weights, and canopy weights. 

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Entech Fabrications

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 27, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Founded in 1992, Entech designs, fabricates, installs and services custom can conveying, rinsing and cleaning systems. Their customers are leading food and beverage manufacturers and co-packers, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Boston Beer, Sentry Equipment, Ross Laboratories, Cott, and craft brewers including Revolution, Lagunitas and Founders.

Entech Fabrications provides their customers with inventive, technologically advanced solutions that go hand-in-hand with personalized service. Internationally recognized by the leading food and beverage producers, Entech and the Gatling Gun® can rinser are known for quality, experience, responsiveness and value. They continually expand their production capabilities and service personnel to meet the evolving needs of global food, beverage, nutrition and pharmaceutical companies.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Laystrom Manufacturing Co.

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 15, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Laystrom is a full-service provider of precision sheet metal fabrications and component parts, value added assemblies, and low and high volume metal stampings. Their specialties include prototype production in as little as 2-3 days, and rapid development of cost effective and consistently manufactured sheet metal parts, stampings and assemblies.

They also provide cost effective support for on-going production requirements that supports your JIT needs.  As prototype development ramps up to production builds, Laystrom has the ability to scale up to stamping production methods to facilitate productivity improvements when appropriate.

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: All-Rite Industries

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 6, 2019 12:49:04 PM

All-Rite has been a proud supplier to the North American and international industrial marketplace for over 60 years. They are a direct JIT supplier to many industries including automotive direct to Ford and GM, and Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers. Other customers include automotive aftermarket, electronics, and appliance, military, aerospace, medical and entrepreneurial industries.

All-Rite houses state of the art tooling and production equipment to provide the highest quality products and services. Production capability ranges from pre-production samples to multi-million piece production runs. They utilize high precision production equipment to produce ISO/TS16949 level quality parts, including punch presses, four-slides, CNC, spring coilers, injection molding presses, insert molding presses, and other secondary operation equipment.

As a J.I.T. supplier, they utilize E.D.I. to perform multiple daily interfaces to check customer inventory and to generate All-Rite industries daily shipping schedules. Their production planning system allows them to meet all of their customer’s needs.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Oval Fire Products

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 31, 2019 3:29:56 PM

Oval Brand Fire Products is innovating the fire protection industry to increase safety and improve design. Oval Brand offers the world’s slimmest fire extinguishers in an efficient, aesthetically pleasing form that is as much as 40 percent slimmer than standard 5-pound and 10-pound portable fire extinguishers.

Oval Brand’s fire products are made in the United States from more than 85 percent domestic materials. Their innovative designs make working with fire safety easier for architects, installers, fire marshals and fire extinguisher service technicians because they are more convenient, the most ADA compliant, and the safest comparable fire safety equipment on the market today.

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Featured Made in Chicago Company: Armand Lee & Company

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 23, 2019 2:05:00 PM

Armand Lee and Company is a custom fabrication house that specializes in picture framing, mirror fabrication/re-silvering and fine finish work. They specialize in hand-crafting that distinctive touch, and strive to fulfill all aspects of visual display from residential to commercial applications with styles that range from traditional to contemporary.

Armand Lee can restore, replicate and fabricate to specification, using their skilled artisans to maintain your art’s integrity. Their customer service strives to go above and beyond  to see all clients, designers and retail customers, achieve their expectations within project means.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: JDS Labs

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 16, 2019 2:00:00 PM

JDS Labs brings you headphone amplification true to sound, all made in the USA. JDS labs strives to present music in the crystal clear quality that it was recorded in. They utilize high quality audio analyzers to provide quality sound, and focus on clarifying the overall sound quality to provide the most natural sound possible. They do this by limiting noise and distortion to deliver objectively transparent audio.

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: A & W Tool, Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 3, 2019 10:55:49 AM

A&W Tool Inc. has been providing high quality carbide and high speed steel cutting tools since their founding in 1989. Whether it’s a standard off the shelf end mill you need, or a custom profile cutting tool, they strive to provide you with exactly what you need.

Located in McHenry County, they specializes in the manufacturing, modification and repair/re-sharpening of carbide and high speed steel cutting tools. From a single tool, short run, or batch production, A&W provides.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: J.H. Botts, LLC

Posted by Marketing Support on Dec 19, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Established in 1973, J. H. Botts, LLC. is a valuable source to many industries. Their manufacturing facility in Joliet, Illinois was built in 1995 and houses a variety of threading and manufacturing equipment. J.H. Botts remains to be a substantial source for Melted and Manufactured Anchoring Systems. They also wrote the ASTM specification for the Anchor Bolt Standard.

J.H. Botts, LLC is a specialist in manufacturing. They stock many 1/2″ to 3 1/2″ diameter round bars in 20′-0 to 40′-0 lengths. Additionally, they can manufacture parts using many different grades of material including ASTM A615 rebar, stainless steel rods, and other assorted carbon steel grades. They produce within the tolerances prescribed by the American National Standards Institute (A.N.S.I.) to provide high quality materials.

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Ace Machine & Tool, Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Dec 14, 2018 1:16:58 PM

For over 10 years, Ace Machine & Tool, Inc has provided quality products whether it be 1 piece or 10,000 pieces. Specializing in CNC Machining, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing of Custom, Prototype and Production parts with high tolerance in low volume (1-1000), delivered on time by engaged, service oriented team members. They assist industries such as Aviation, Automation, Medical, Food and more.

In 2016, they purchased an existing machine shop in Cortland Illinois. With that, they acquired many more machines, a client base, and the capacity to expand even more. Their goal is to provide existing clients, and any new clients, with the best customer care and service by “doing what it takes” to get the job done.

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