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6 named business champions

CRYSTAL LAKE – Six businesses in McHenry County were named business champions for growth and innovation during the McHenry County Economic Development Corp.’s annual dinner Tuesday.

The 2015 Business Champion Awards capped off the organization’s end-of-the-year event, which featured a keynote address on leadership from Brik V. Eyre, the U.S. corporate vice president at Deerfield-based Baxter International.

More than 400 people representing 125 different companies from the county attended MCEDC’s annual dinner. The audience included 16 finalists for the organization’s 2015 Business Champion Awards. The six winners include:

• In the small division (less than 24 employees), Crystal Lake-based CIDEAS secured the award after years of growth in the 3-D printing business. Founded in Crystal Lake 17 years ago, CIDEAS serves clients from various industries, including manufacturers, hobbyists and movie makers.

• The medium division (between 25 and 100 employees) ended in a tie between McHenry-based Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical and Woodstock-based Matrix IV.

Known for around-the-clock customer service, Black Diamond recently relocated its headquarters from Crystal Lake to McHenry after the company outgrew its older facility.

Founded in the county more than 40 years ago, manufacturer Matrix IV nearly closed until a new revitalization plan in 2014 helped the company rebound financially.

• In the large division (more than 100 employees), Crystal Lake-based Home State Bank won. The community bank, known for its corporate philanthropy and community presence, finished celebrating 100 years in the county in September.

• In the larger division (more than 300 employees), two companies were named business champions – one for a publicly traded business or owned by a private equity firm and another for a privately held business.

Privately held INTREN, a utility services company in Union, won the award for its numerous philanthropic efforts and continued growth. This year, INTREN added facilities in Woodstock and Franklin Park as part of an expansion. CEO Loretta Rosenmayer also recently met President Barack Obama during a meeting on climate change with other business leaders from across the country.

Medical material manufacturer Sage Products in Cary also won. Since being acquired in 2012 by private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, Sage has seen continued growth and maintained its reputation within the county as a dependable corporate citizen.

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