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MCEDC announces 2022 Business Champion Award winners

MCEDC Celebrates 2022 Business Champions for Their Significant Contributions to McHenry County’s Economy and Community

The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is delighted to recognize the extraordinary efforts and accomplishments of local businesses that have made a meaningful impact on the county’s economy. These Business Champions have demonstrated innovation, dedication, and a strong commitment to fostering growth and prosperity in McHenry County.

Through their exceptional business practices, community engagement, and investment in employee development, our 2022 Business Champions and Finalists have not only contributed to the economic well-being of the region but have also enhanced the quality of life for its residents. We commend their continued efforts in making McHenry County a thriving and vibrant place to live, work, and do business.

The winner in the category for companies with fewer than 25 employees was):

Vo-Tech, Inc. of Crystal Lake Vo-Tech is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. With a diverse background in nuclear industry, manufacturing, and engineering, the company specializes in high precision machining and actively invests in employees’ health, safety, and personal growth. Founded to address needs in the nuclear power industry, Vo-Tech has expanded to become a full-service manufacturing machine shop, increasing its square footage by 530% since 2005.

The winner in the category for companies with 25 to 100 employees.):

Duraflex, Inc of Cary Duraflex, a leader in aerospace product development, emission control, and clean energy, prides itself on its exceptional employee benefits and work environment. With no employee turnover in recent years, the company boasts a strong, dedicated workforce that delivers outstanding quality and customer satisfaction.

The winner in the category for companies with 100 to 300 employees):

Technipaq, Inc. of Crystal Lake Technipaq, a healthcare packaging manufacturer, is the fourth company in North America to offer coated Tyvek to the healthcare industry. Their recent collaboration with DuPont Tyvek and Freepoint Eco-Systems allows them to recycle plastic waste from medical packaging, contributing to the production of virgin-quality plastics and fuels.

The winner in the category for Private companies with more than 300 employees):

Private Sector: Mercyhealth- Hospital of Crystal Lake Mercyhealth is constructing a new hospital and medical center in Crystal Lake, bringing emergency care and hospital services to the area for the first time. This project will have a significant economic impact, creating 350 new jobs during construction and providing additional revenue for McHenry County.

Public Sector: McHenry County College of Crystal Lake McHenry County College is a champion of local workforce development, offering specialized curriculum and fostering collaboration between businesses and faculty. The Foglia Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, set to open in Spring 2024, will further enhance paths to the workforce and provide new educational opportunities.

On behalf of McHenry County EDC, investors, and partners, we congratulate all nominees, finalists, and the 2022 Business Champions for their outstanding contributions to McHenry County.

From Left to Right: Dr. Clinton Gabbard – McHenry County College, Wojiech Furman – Vo-Tech Inc., Brian Rosenberg – Technipaq Inc., Jeni Hallat – Mercyhealth, Dean Della Cecca – Duraflex Inc.)