The McHenry County Economic Development Corp. presented its 2018 Business Champion Awards on Tuesday night in Crystal Lake.
In its 11th year, MCEDC recognized outstanding companies who have had a positive effect on McHenry County’s economy and who are exceptional primary employers.
Five companies were recognized, and several more were finalists in this year’s awards.
The Business Champion Awards are given to companies with 24 or fewer employees, between 25 and 100 employees and between 100 and 300 employees. This year’s winners were Precision Waterjet of Crystal Lake, Dougherty Enterprises of Woodstock and Flocon Inc. of Woodstock.
Two companies with more than 300 employees were awarded – Follett School Solutions of McHenry and AptarGroup of Crystal Lake.
Other finalists were Henderson Products Inc. of Huntley, Burnex Corp. of Ringwood, Camfil Farr of Crystal Lake, True Value of Harvard and Mercyhealth.
Precision Waterjet is one of the top three precision-cutting companies in the country. Known for its detailed work, the company provides its customers with both water and laser-cutting services for a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics and laminated items.
With the company’s recent move to a new facility in Crystal Lake, its employees will be able to expand their capabilities and services. In the past two years, Precision Waterjet has almost tripled the number of products that run through the shop.
Dougherty Enterprises is a manufacturer of fine jewelry, which includes its Studio 2015 retail store. The company was a garage startup, but now it occupies a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility as well as an attractive and multiuse retail outlet. Specializing in custom jewelry design and keepsake jewelry to the bereavement community, the company has 60 employees and manufactures and distributes between 1,800 and 2,500 pieces a week nationwide.
The business has developed processes for creating full-cast molds, a seven-day production turnaround and a mass production process for quick turnaround – both of which are unique to the industry.
Flocon Inc. manufactures fluid dispensing systems, such as fine mist sprayers, lotion pumps and valve-actuated dispensing pens.
Flocon has called McHenry County home since 1998. In an effort to expand its capabilities for research and development, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sales, the company recently moved to a 58-acre campus in Woodstock.
The majority of Flocon’s equipment, tools and components are made in McHenry County, and the business’ move has helped streamline logistics, allow for better service to customers, allow for new business and improve collaboration on new programs in development.
Follett School Solutions
Follett School Solutions is a fifth-generation family business and an international leader in providing educational/technological services using print and digital content serving all levels of education, pre‐K through higher education. It operates 1,200 campus stores and more than 1,600 virtual stores.
The company is socially responsible and an exemplary corporate citizen with the ability to see the next great innovative learning concept, technique or idea; capture it; design it; build it; produce it; and bring it to market because the company fosters a culture that allows this to happen organically from the inside out.
AptarGroup has more than a half-century of experience operating in the ever-changing consumer-packaging world. It is a unique customer- and shareholder-focused company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with proprietary knowledge, technical expertise and broad product range with 13,000 dedicated employees and a manufacturing presence in 18 countries.
AptarGroup makes dispensing systems for the beauty, personal care, home care, food, beverage, prescription, consumer health care and injectable markets. It recently moved its headquarters from Terra Cotta Drive to 265 Exchange Drive in Crystal Lake, where the company’s corporate functions are located. The company has more than 500 employees in McHenry County.
With an aggressive research and development program, AptarGroup invests 3 percent of its sales back into the program and innovation efforts to make it possible to conveniently dispense shampoo, perfume, bottled water, ketchup, cleaning spray and pharmaceuticals, along with hundreds of other products people rely on each year.