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Manufacturer moves into Crystal Lake; Cary industrial vacuum maker likely to follow

CRYSTAL LAKE – A small manufacturer that makes sensors for the railway industry recently relocated its 34 jobs into Crystal Lake, and another manufacturer from Cary likely will do the same, city officials said.

Metrom Railroad Safety Products completed its move in mid-July from Lake Zurich to a 15,000 square-foot facility at 1125 Mitchell Court within the Lakeview Business Center near Rakow Road and Route 31, said James Richter II, Crystal Lake planning and economic development manager.

Since starting in 2010, Metrom designs and builds detection sensors and notification systems for the railway industry. The small manufacturer, employing 34 people, found Crystal Lake's business climate to be favorable and friendly, Richter said.

"Crystal Lake has a competitive advantage over other communities," he said. "The city has worked very hard to keep the cost of doing business to a minimum, and we advocate for businesses by supporting those who locate here in town."

The city didn't use incentives to try and convince Metrom to relocate into Crystal Lake, Richter said. A company representative did not return a call for comment Monday.

City officials, though, ultimately could use local incentives on DeMarco Industrial Vacuum Corporation, as the commercial vacuum maker closes out a real estate deal to occupy an existing facility at 1030 Lutter Drive in Crystal Lake.

Currently located in Cary, DeMarco Industrial expects to finalize its move into Crystal Lake within the coming weeks, Richter said.

The city offered the manufacturer a 50 percent discount on permit and inspection fees since it will repurpose the facility along Lutter Drive, near Rakow Road and Route 31, Richter said. DeMarco also could be eligible for a Crystal Lake grant that would provide up to $10,000 for equipment related expenses.

Tracing its origins back to the 1960s in Chicago, DeMarco Industrial designs, manufactures and sells industrial performance vacuums to various industries, from copper miners to power generation plants.

Richter didn't disclose how many people DeMarco employs since the relocation hasn't yet been finalized. A company representative did not return a call for comment Monday.

"These are not your typical household vacuums," Richter said. "These are sizable machines, and DeMarco will serve its global customer base right here in Crystal Lake."

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