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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Specialty Plastic Fabricators

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 22, 2018 3:24:04 PM

Specialty Plastic Fabricators (SPF) was established in 1978. With years of experience in the field, the founders focused on manufacturing flexible “drop-in” tank liners for metal finishing and chemical containment.

In a market that had been under-served for years, the company grew and expanded into other product lines, and larger facilities. Today it occupies 18,000 square feet of clean and modern industrial space where it manufactures a large variety of custom industrial plastic products.  Industrial tank liners remain the backbone of its product line. However, the knowledge and experience of the owners and staff enables the company to make a large variety of electronically welded and sewn products. 


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Up-Ride

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 22, 2018 3:23:48 PM

Up-Ride is a cost-effective, low-impact fitness accessory for just about anyone who owns a bicycle. Up-Ride’s patent-pending bicycle accessory stand converts most existing bicycles into both a running and biking stationary exercise machine. With Up-Ride, you mimic running without the jarring impact that occurs when your feet hit the ground. Their Up-Ride accessory also enables you to use your bicycle as a seated stationary bicycle trainer for spinning.

Whether you’re affected by physical limitations, looking to increase your fitness activity safely and economically, don’t belong to a local gym, or simply tired of staring at that bicycle gathering dust in the garage, Up-Ride is an ideal solution.


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Set Screw & Mfg. Co. 

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 15, 2018 12:59:00 PM

Set Screw & Mfg. Co. was established in 1935 and now operates out of a 25,700 square foot manufacturing facility located in Elgin, IL employing nineteen people.  The company has over 500 different sizes and styles of set screws currently in stock.  With 46 Brown & Sharpe machines and 80 years of experience they are reliable for quality on time delivery for orders large and small.  For any project requiring 5 pieces to 50 million pieces they are a one stop shop for low carbon steel, alloy steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, aluminum and special material set screw needs.

Their standard product line includes slotted headless set screws, short run square head and chamfered studs with all types of points: cone, flat, cup, knurled cup and specials per print.  We have 46 Brown & Sharpe single turret screw machines capable of producing thousands of screws per day. Set Screw & Mfg. Co. is dedicated to providing products and services that meet and exceed our customer’s expectations.


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Neon Design

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 15, 2018 12:26:00 PM

Neon Design is Chicago's premier custom Neon Sign and Art Studio.  The company was established in 1986 and is comprised of craftsmen with decades of experience creating unique solutions to your visual needs. They take pride in constructing the finest finished product using the highest quality materials, paying careful attention to every detail, every step of the way.

Neon Design manufactures, sells, and installs their products. Their services can be used for versatile lighting and sign projects. In addition to signs and logos the company can also produce architectural lighting.  To view their project gallery click HERE.


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Living Image Solutions

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 8, 2018 1:47:29 PM

Living Image Solutions, founded in 2016, specializes in customized photo gifts. They can incorporate any photo onto aluminum, canvas, ceramic, fabric, glass, slate, or wood. This allows them to create a unique gift for every individual, as well as provide a range of different options.  

Their products are designed and produced in Geneva, IL with literally unlimited options. Some of their items include, awards & plaques, baby items, cell phone cases, serving trays, ornaments and more! They provide a huge selection of objects for each individual to personally customize with their own photo. 


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Avanti Engineering, Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 8, 2018 1:41:50 PM

'Avanti' translated is Italian for 'move forward' and moving forward is exactly what Avanti Engineering, Inc. has been doing since 1972.  Established in 1972 by CEO and founder Joseph J. Bratta, Avanti Engineering, Inc. is family-owned business that's committed to providing high-quality, precision-machined parts at affordable prices. 

Today, Avanti Engineering operates out of a 55,000-square foot facility, located in the Chicago area.  They offer a wide range of screw-machining and precision turning services and take great pride in their resources, experience and standards. Whether you need 1,000 parts or up to 20 million parts, Avanti Engineering can get the job done.


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Tonya Gross Millinery

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 1, 2018 9:03:00 AM

Tonya Gross Millinery designs and manufactures ready-to-wear, couture, and bespoke head wear.  The company produces hand-made headwear for men and women using traditional hat making techniques out of Chicago.

Tonya creates custom hats for everyday wear and special occasions including weddings, parties, and the Kentucky Derby. All hat projects begin with a private consultation and can be scheduled via email.  Tonya Gross Millinery is committed to turning any silhouette a customer desires into a special piece of eye candy.


Made in Illinois Featured Company: ShapeMaster Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 27, 2018 10:23:00 AM

ShapeMaster Inc. was formed to provide buyers, engineers, inventors, and designers the ability to order all different sizes and quantities of solutions in plastics and other materials for their manufacturing needs.  From vacuum forming, drape forming, and pressure forming to CNC machining and custom fabrication, they take pride in being able to help with all project needs. 

ShapeMaster utilizes various types of computer-aided design (CAD) technology to manufacture prototypes and production pieces with paramount precision.  They are also proud to be listed as a Corzan® CPVC Key Industrial Fabricator stocking a broad selection of sheet material, welding rod, extruded PVC tubing, and standard PVC duct fittings.  In addition to their use of CAD technology and industrial fabricaiton, ShapeMaster also provides assembly services and on-site installation and repairs.


Moving Manufacturing Left: A DMDII Technology Showcase 

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 26, 2018 12:54:00 PM

Are you an engineer or manager who understands the challenges associated with sharing part and product data from concept to end-of-life, and who wants to explore emerging technologies to alleviate these challenges?  If so, you are encouraged to Join DMDII for a technology showcase focused on informing product design with data-driven insights from across a product lifecycle.


Ameren Illinois offers competency-based training and certification programs for Illinois organizations

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 24, 2018 3:16:05 PM

Ameren Illinois, in conjunction with corporate and nonprofit partners, is pleased to offer short-term competency-based trainings and certification programs that can benefit any manufacturer in Illinois.  Two of the programs: Building Operator Certification and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Training offer the unique opportunity to earn credentials at a great value while gaining hands-on experience that translates to manufacturing energy efficiency and sustainable improvements across industries.


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