Cool Stuff Made in the Chicago Area

The Chicago area is home to nearly 12,000 companies that are designing and creating a huge range of products for consumers, businesses and other customers. While some are household names and others less so, many have an ongoing need for workers. Here is a small sampling of some locally made products, the companies that make […]

Report: Midwest factories among high-speed rail winners. | Crain’s Chicago

By Greg Hinz February 13, 2013 Who says living in the so-called Rust Belt is all bad? A new report says that Chicago and Midwest manufacturers are disproportionately benefiting from the billions being spent for high-speed (or at least higher-speed) passenger railroad traffic. Up to 460 companies located within a few hours of Chicago are […]

More seating capacity: Company plans West Side expansion. | Crain’s Chicago

By Alby Gallun December 14, 2011 Freedman Seating Co., which makes seats for buses and trucks, plans a 170,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters and factory on the West Side, financing the project with $5.7 million in tax-exempt bonds. The company, which started out making seat cushions for horse-drawn buggies more than 120 years ago, has […]

Bringing an outsider into family firm. | Crain’s Chicago

By Barbara B. Buchholz March 8, 1999 The continuing growth of many family businesses has proved a boon to the economy and an incentive to budding entrepreneurs. But it also has created a potential void: a dearth of family members to lead a booming firm and take the positions that come with expansion. “There’s less likelihood […]

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