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Xingfa moves HQ to Schaumburg

Started by Howard Larson on Friday. 0 Replies

People were questioning me why I put a Chinese translator/interpreter on my staff 2 months ago. Well.....SCHAUMBURG -- Hubei Xingfa, a China-based manufacturer of specialty phosphates, has moved its…Continue

Tags: interpreter, translator, Chinese, Schaumburg, Xingfa

Des Plaines reverses decision, opts out of Cook County wage law

Started by Howard Larson on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Amid intensified pressure from business owners, Des Plaines aldermen voted Monday to opt out of Cook County ordinances increasing the minimum wage and requiring paid sick days -- reversing an earlier…Continue

Tags: wage, law, County, Cook, Plaines

McDonald's ends four-decade Olympics sponsorship

Started by Howard Larson Jun 16. 0 Replies

Citing a decision to "focus on different priorities," McDonald'sannounced on Friday it will no longer sponsor the Olympics."We have been proud…Continue

Tags: sponsorship, Olympics, McDonald's

Sears to cut 400 jobs, mostly at corporate office

Started by Howard Larson Jun 13. 0 Replies

Sears Holdings says it will cut about 400 full-time jobs -- including a number at its Hoffman Estates corporate office -- as part of the…Continue

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Comment by Howard Larson on March 27, 2017 at 10:55am

Continued growth on Vernon Hills' to-do list

Continuing economic growth, an early incentive payoff and partnership with local agencies on various projects were among the successes cited Monday by Vernon Hills Mayor Roger Byrne in his State of the Village address.

The village approved a $20 million economic incentive for the project.

The village has a reserve of nearly $24 million and for several years has maintained AAA credit ratings while funding police pensions at 82 percent, among the highest levels in Illinois.

Because it doesn't impose a property tax, the village needs sales taxes to fund its operations and other projects, Byrne said.

A $955,000 sales tax rebate to lure Mariano's food store, Byrne said, was paid off eight years earlier than projected, resulting in a bump in sales tax revenue to the village.

Comment by Howard Larson on March 27, 2017 at 8:08am

Retooled York Building taking shape in downtown Elmhurst

Doug T. Graham

The York Building, a new office and retail structure beginning to take shape in downtown Elmhurst, is scheduled to open in late summer with a different vibe than developers first envisioned.

The three-story brick building at 128 N. York Road originally was expected to house stores, office space and apartments -- and the city council approved those plans last year with an eye toward a late 2016 opening.

Acquisitions, said the plans changed in late fall when developers identified a growing need for good-sized office space and a declining need for residential development.

For more information on The York Building project, visit

Comment by Howard Larson on March 26, 2017 at 12:20pm

May 10 & 11, 2017
Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

No cost to attend. Register today for Free Admission. Visit:

If you source custom parts, stock parts, prototypes, design services, or assembly, then this show is for you! The Design-2-Part Show is the most efficient place to meet hundreds of reliable American manufacturers to help you improve quality, lower costs, and accelerate delivery. From design and prototypes to production, finishing, and assemblies -- you will find the answers you need on the spot.

MEET quality suppliers to take your projects from design to part quickly and cost effectively.
LEARN about new and emerging technologies, like 3-D Printing, and find alternative materials and processes to improve your products.
SEE, TOUCH and COMPARE actual parts and components.
BRING sample parts and drawings and get instant feedback on how to produce your projects more efficiently.
QUOTE current and future projects and evaluate quality, price, and delivery time all in one convenient location.

Don't miss your opportunity to meet face-to-face with so many high-quality job shops and contract manufacturers.

May 10 & 11, 2017
Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL
Free Admission & Free Parking!

Comment by Howard Larson on March 26, 2017 at 12:10pm

ProMat 2017

April 3-6, 2017
Chicago's McCormick Place

Discover the latest solutions to move your business forward as the industry's leading innovators showcase their latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain equipment and systems at ProMat 2017 held April 3-6 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

ProMat is where manufacturing and supply chain professionals come to to find their X – that unknown quantity that will take their supply chain to the next level of success.

Only at ProMat, you can:
Experience the latest innovations from over 950 solution providers
Learn the latest ideas driving productivity in four keynotes and in more than 100 show floor seminars including new town hall style hall sessions on autonomous vehicles and sustainable facility solutions
Build strong business partnerships with suppliers from around the world
See hands-on demonstrations of the latest technologies and innovations
Network with your peers on the show floor networking lounge and at MHI Industry Night featuring comedian Dana Carvey
ProMat 2017 is the one show where you will see in person, in action the best solutions and innovations the industry has to offer and meet the leading providers face-to-face. There is no cost to attend the exhibits and conference sessions.

Whatever manufacturing and supply chain solutions you need to succeed, you’ll find them at ProMat 2017. Come see what’s next. Come solve for X.

Comment by Howard Larson on March 26, 2017 at 11:16am

Since 1969 NeoCon continues to serve as the world's premier platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. We invite you to experience what's new and what's next--from every angle--at NeoCon 2017

from June 12-14 at The Mart in Chicago, NeoCon has evolved into one of the most recognized and attended trade shows in the industry and this year will be no exception. With the help of our Advisory Council, the show has remained focused on being at the forefront of changing commercial design and business trends.

Comment by Howard Larson on March 26, 2017 at 10:59am

Institute of Food Technologists
April 20, 2017 Professional Development Event
Institute of Food Technologists
525 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60607-3830

Who are you online? Do you like what the internet says about you? Join this session to learn how to take control of your digital footprint, highlight your skills and manage online relationships to your advantage. Get tips for effectively sharing your knowledge and diffusing misinformation you come across online.

$15.00 Members
$25.00 Non-members

5:30 - 6:15 PM - Registration/Networking - Appetizers and Wine/Beer
6:15 - 7:45 PM - Presentation
7:45 - 8:00 PM - Informal Q/A and Networking

Don Schindler, Senior Vice President of Digital Innovations at Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). Don has been teaching how to connect with consumers using social media and digital marketing for four years. Before coming to DMI, Don directed the Communications team at the University of Notre Dame (ND) and taught classes at the Mendoza College of Business at ND
amie Vander Molen is the Director of Digital Training at Dairy Management Inc. (DMI). Jamie provides digital communication and social media training courses for farmers, the dairy industry, corporate staff and serves as a mentor to executive staff. Jamie has ten years of experience working in agriculture.

Comment by Howard Larson on March 24, 2017 at 11:50am

Time to make this group rock and roll!


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