making products in DuPage
Ace Metal Crafts Company
In 1960, sixteen sheet metal workers launched Ace Metal Crafts Company inventing techniques that are now standards in sanitary stainless-steel manufacturing. Providing fabrication, machining, and Value Engineering solutions for industries requiring sanitary stainless-steel components, today Ace’s in-depth knowledge resides in its processes and people, many with 30+ years of experience, working alongside the next generation of engineers, welders, finishers/polishers and fabricators.
Meet machinist Lukasz at Ace Metal Crafts
Avanti’ is Italian for ‘move forward’ and moving forward is exactly what Avanti Engineering, Inc. has been doing since 1972. Established by CEO and founder Joseph J. Bratta, the family business, which operates out of a 55,000-square-foot facility, provides complete screw machine parts and precision CNC turning services. Meeting even the most precise specifications and tolerances, Avanti Engineering creates high-quality components for all industries – hydraulics, plumbing, aerospace, marine, electronics, medical, and beyond. The company which started as a small garage-based operation, today makes parts up to four times faster than traditional Swiss machines!
BBS Automation is one of the leading providers worldwide of automated assembly and testing solutions. DuPage County’s reputation as a leader in advanced manufacturing and research and development attracted the company to open a new American factory in 2016 in Bartlett. The company develops and produces automation technology for customers in a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, power generation and renewable energy, optics, medical, electronics and consumer goods.
Meet one of the midwest’s largest fastener manufacturers and learn what employees love about working at Big Bolt. Located in Bloomingdale, Big Bolt has been manufacturing and suppling bolts since 1977. They are an innovative and fast-paced manufacturer with state-of-the-art machining that can produce any size bolt.
Colonial Bag Corporation
Since 1975 Colonial Bag Corporation has helped all types of businesses deal with a messy problem...garbage.
Founded in 1962, the creators of Elba Tool shared a passion for the art and science of tool and die making. Today, its modern production facility in Bloomingdale is home to the latest software and high-speed machining equipment. The company proudly designs and build die-cast dies, molds and precision machine parts for the automotive, medical, aerospace, defense and consumer goods industries.
Forster Tool & Manufacturing
Founded in 1958, Forster Tool built its reputation on Swiss Screw Custom Machining before expanding into CNC Milling and CNC Turning.
In celebration of manufacturing month, Maureen Forster, current president, and Scotty Forster, 3rd generation owner, give an inside look into the Bensenville-based company that’s been providing precision custom machining services for over 50 years. Stay tuned to the end to meet Production Manager Stepfanie Suerth and be sure to give her a call if you’re looking for a career opportunity!
Frey & Weiss
Frey & Weiss is a manufacturer of precision machined, close tolerance parts to customer specifications. For over one half century Frey & Weiss has served customers in a variety of markets where high precision is critical including: Aerospace, Medical, Environmental, Conveyor, and Commercial/Industrial.
HFI is a full-service sheet metal fabricator, specializing in stainless steel innovation for fifty years. The company's 63,000 square foot facility is home to the latest and most updated fabrication and welding equipment built to service the restaurant, medical, telecommunications, display, and other sheet metal markets.
INX International Ink Co.
The third-largest manufacturer of inks in North America calls DuPage County home. INX International Ink Co., a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks, has its research and development arm as well as its main production facility located in West Chicago. The company provides a full palette of digital ink systems, advanced technologies, and integrated services. At INX, the average employee has been there for more than 13 years. The company is currently looking for new talent to bring quality, service, and innovation to the printing and packaging markets! INX is always looking for R&D, including chemists, as well as people seeking a position in manufacturing or laboratories, sales, administration, and more. Current openings include R&D Chemist - UV Inks, R & D Chemist - Liquid Solvent Inks, Regulatory Affairs Product Steward and Production Support Casual Worker (PT).
Elk Grove Village
Klein Tools, a sixth-generation family business established in 1857, designs and manufactures premium quality hand tools. Many of the tools are produced at Klein’s Elk Grove Village facility.
To develop a talent pipeline of advanced skilled workers, Klein Tools partnered with workNet DuPage and Harper Community College to establish an apprenticeship program. The “earn and learn” model combines on-the-job-training with coursework over a three-year period. workNet DuPage reimburses all classroom costs through WIOA-funded Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) grants. Apprentices pursue either electromechanical or CNC precision machining tracks. The knowledge apprentices acquire in the classroom immediately translates to the workplace, filling a critical need on the plant floor. “We have benefited from workNet DuPage from their generous contributions for our apprenticeship program,” says Labor Relations Manager Maggie Rossi. Learn more about the historic company in the video.
From its first mechanical buoyancy switch in 1932, Magnetrol has been focused on one thing: providing reliable, best-in-class level measurement solutions for the process industries. Its instrumentation combines the latest in innovation with the deepest experience in a wide range of applications. The work environment is team-oriented, with a focus on innovation, engaging work performance, and recognition for a job well done. The facility in Aurora represents a long-term commitment by Magnetrol to provide its associates a functional and up-to-date working environment.
Did you know that medical devices for women are made in DuPage? Based in Addison, MedGyn Products, Inc. manufactures and distributes medical devices for the women’s healthcare industry including disposables, high quality instruments and equipment to OB/GYN professionals around the world.
Since pioneering a new standard in battery testers with conductance testing technology, Midtronics has been passionate about creating better battery management solutions for the world’s leading automobile and heavy truck manufacturers, vehicle service organizations, and battery manufacturers. Located in Willowbrook, its products have been consistently recognized for innovation and product design excellence, earning multiple industry awards. Midtronics is a fast-growing company with an energetic, passionate, and innovative leadership team.
Northstar Metal Products
NTA Precision Axle
Pioneer Service is a Certified Women-Owned contract manufacturer. The company specializes in CNC Swiss machining, CNC turning, and Centerless Grinding services for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Since 1990, the company has supplied top quality precision manufactured parts to a wide variety of industries including: Aerospace, Electric Vehicles, Hydraulics and Fluid Power, Medical and Dental, and many other industries. Watch this short video commemorating their 29th year of supplying quality precision manufactured parts.
Since 1948, Precision Gage in Burr Ridge has supported manufacturers with tailored metrology solutions that enable mass production. From plug and ring gages to custom engineered inspection systems, the company provides quality tools, reliable equipment, and expert service to ensure the accuracy of products and effectiveness of teams.
QMI Security Solutions
Itasca-based QMI Security Solutions has grown consistently over three decades employing more than 100 people. Jim Miller, QMI President and founder, desired to be a successful businessman like his father. After traveling to Europe where exterior rolling shutters are commonplace due to high energy costs and the greater efficiency of exterior window treatments, he discovered an opportunity to create a successful business in DuPage County. Over time, QMI expanded its product line to include Roll Shutters, Side-Folding Grilles, Stainless Steel Screens, ProductSafe Cases, Hurricane Protections, and Commercial Vehicle Doors. The current president & CEO is Kevin White.
Simplex System Controls
Watch the control panel building process from start to finish and get a closer look at what Simplex System Controls, Inc. does on a daily basis. Located in Elmhurst, Simplex furnishes custom industrial electric and pneumatic control panels for major corporations and small businesses in the greater Chicago area, North America, and internationally. The company manufactures enclosures for many industries: Food & Beverage, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy & Natural Resources, Water & Wastewater Management, Personal Care Products, Machine Manufacturing, Power & Utilities, Homeland Security, and Pharmaceuticals.
TOX® PRESSOTECHNIK USA
TOX® PRESSOTECHNIK USA offers innovative products and services for the sheet metal joining industry including press drives, presses and special machinery. Its team members offer solutions to the automotive, appliance, medical, aerospace, and electronic industries.
Originally founded in 1974, in Elgin, Wise Plastics is a full-service custom plastic injection molder. From its humble beginnings, to the world-class manufacturing facility it operates today in St. Charles, Wise Plastics has enjoyed continuous growth for the past forty-six years through innovation, building a team of skilled industry professionals and relying on the latest manufacturing technologies and lean manufacturing principles. Fun fact: Wise Plastics still molds parts today for its very first customer from 1974!
From sewing machines to servo actuator system solutions. It all began with an idea. With North American headquarters based in Bartlett, the WITTENSTEIN Group’s evolution from sewing machine manufacturer to an international one-stop shop for electromechanical servo actuator system solutions began in 1949. Using borrowed equipment, this small firm specialized in the manufacture of double chainstitch machines for glovemaking. Today the company develops customized products, systems and solutions for highly dynamic motion, maximum-precise positioning and smart networking for mechatronic drive technology. Its vast list of industry competence includes: Automation, Robotics, Handling; Automotive & E-Mobility; Machine Tools; Food, Pharma, Converting – Packaging; Food, Pharma, Converting – Manufacturing; Packaging; Machine and Plant Construction; Oil & Gas Exploration; Plastics & Rubber Processing; Measuring and Testing Technology; Semiconductor & Electronic Assembly; Simulation; Aerospace; and Defense.
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MADE AT FUSION OEM
- Fusion OEM assembles the machines that produce the air-filled “pillows” that protect all those items you order from Amazon, machines that place the plastic “six pack” rings on beer cans and the Carvey, a unit that small businesses, “makers” and students use to mill untold number of innovative products!