Heavy In­dus­try

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3M Cor­dova

Among the spe­cialty chem­i­cals made by the 500 em­ploy­ees of 3M’s Cor­dova plant are the ad­he­sives used in Scotch brand tape and Post-it Notes.

ABC Coat­ing Man­teno

ABC moved to Man­teno in 2016, in part to be closer to sup­plier Nu­cor. The com­pany coats steel used in bridge con­struc­tion — and coated the steel used in Trump Tower Chicago. Its plant em­ploys about three dozen work­ers.

Ab­bvie Lake Bluff

The $28 bil­lion phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant flies un­der the radar of most Illi­noisans, in part be­cause it’s so new: It was spun off by Ab­bott Lab­o­ra­to­ries in 2013. With 29,000 em­ploy­ees world­wide, Ab­bvie has pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties from Spain to Sin­ga­pore, in­clud­ing two in Illi­nois: North Chicago and Lake County.

Ad­vanced Fil­tra­tion Sys­tems Champaign

AFSI sup­plies liq­uid fil­ters for com­pa­nies like Cater­pil­lar. In 2007, it ex­panded with a branch in the Czech Repub­lic that serves four con­ti­nents: Eu­rope, Asia, Africa, and Aus­tralia.

Al­ton Steel Al­ton

Steel has been pro­duced at this site for more than 100 years, mostly by La­clede Steel Com­pany. In its hey­day, it pro­vided steel for the World Trade Cen­ter in 1967. Op­er­a­tions halted in 1998 and bank­ruptcy fol­lowed. Five years later, the mill got new own­ers and a new name.

Chicago Mail­ing Tube Chicago

Founded in 1902, this mail­ing con­tain­ers com­pany orig­i­nally made snuff boxes, and it still holds sev­eral city li­censes for de­liv­ery horses. About 60 peo­ple work there.

CSL Behring Kanka­kee

CSL Behring is the largest em­ployer in Kanka­kee County, with some 1,100 em­ploy­ees. The Aus­tralian-based com­pany, which makes plasma-de­rived and re­com­bi­nant ther­a­peu­tic prod­ucts, has op­er­a­tions in 30 coun­tries and traces its roots to Emil von Behring, who won the No­bel Prize in 1901.

E.H. Wachs Lin­colnshire

Founded in Chicago in 1883, the com­pany is one of the world’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ers of portable ma­chines used to cut and bevel pipe. It has 170 em­ploy­ees at three sites.

Frantz Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ster­ling

Ster­ling was once nick­named “The Hard­ware Cap­i­tal of the World” and Frantz was one of sev­eral ma­jor hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers in this north­east­ern Illi­nois town. The con­veyor sys­tem com­po­nents and steel ball prod­ucts fac­tory, which now em­ploys 95 work­ers, pro­duced more than 1 mil­lion cots for the mil­i­tary dur­ing World War II.

Glen-Gery Mar­seilles

Seventy-five miles south­west of Chicago is the big­gest brick­works in the state, the last rem­nant of what used to be a thriv­ing Chicago brick in­dus­try that grew af­ter the Great Chicago Fire.

ITW Glen­view

ITW, for­merly Illi­nois Tool Works, is a sprawl­ing $14 bil­lion com­pany with 40 divisions that makes plas­tic bag zip­pers in Ot­tawa, six-pack ringlets in Itasca, lab equip­ment in Lake Bluff and plas­tic clips in Frank­fort.

Lyon­dell Basell Mor­ris

Dutch firm Lyon­dell Basell In­dus­tries op­er­ates a 700-acre fa­cil­ity in Mor­ris — one of the largest chem­i­cal pro­cess­ing plants in the Mid­west. There they make eth­yl­ene, key in the pro­duc­tion of plas­tic prod­ucts like wa­ter bot­tles.

Maze Nails Peru

Sa­muel Maze ran a lum­ber yard in Peru and gave away zinc nails to pro­mote the use of his cedar shin­gles. The nails caught on, and now Maze Nails is the largest man­u­fac­turer of spe­cialty nails in the U.S., fo­cus­ing on hot-dipped gal­va­nized roof­ing nails.

Nalco Wa­ter Naperville

This wa­ter treat­ment sys­tems com­pany’s head­quar­ters is in Naperville, but many of its 1,089 em­ploy­ees work in plants in Joliet, Elk Grove Vil­lage, Glen­wood and Chicago’s Clear­ing neigh­bor­hood. Nalco says its prod­ucts and ser­vices help save more than 170 bil­lion gal­lons of wa­ter per year, equiv­a­lent to the an­nual drink­ing wa­ter needs of more than 580 mil­lion peo­ple.

Nu-Way In­dus­tries Des Plaines

Once a weld­ing shop opened by a pair of broth­ers 50 years ago, NuWay — which makes metal parts, metal hous­ings and elec­tronic en­clo­sures — em­ploys 300 peo­ple at its state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity near O’Hare Air­port.

Pa­cific Bear­ing Com­pany (PBC Lin­ear) Roscoe

PBC Lin­ear, for­merly known as the Pa­cific Bear­ing Com­pany, was founded in 1983 with a sin­gle patent for self-lu­bri­cat­ing, Te­flon-lined bear­ings. It has since grown its stock­pile and makes plain bear­ings, lin­ear guides and other cus­tom ma­chined parts.

Philippi-Ha­gen­buch Peoria

This fam­ily-run man­u­fac­turer most fa­mous for tail­gates and min­ing equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing is cel­e­brat­ing its 49th year.

PMP Fer­men­ta­tion Prod­ucts Peoria

PMP’s fa­cil­ity was orig­i­nally a brew­ery un­til Pro­hi­bi­tion laws shut it down in 1920. Premier Malt Prod­ucts Co. later took over the site. The plant, now owned by a Ja­panese chem­i­cal com­pany, makes sodium glu­conate — a mul­ti­pur­pose prod­uct de­rived from corn syrup.

Pioneer Ser­vice Ad­di­son

Com­pany pres­i­dent Aneesa Muthana started learn­ing the fam­ily busi­ness at age 11 by work­ing in her fa­ther’s shop. She be­came a part­ner of the Swiss ma­chin­ing parts man­u­fac­turer at 20 and pres­i­dent at 23.

ShapeMaster Og­den

The hus­band and wife team of Ken­neth and Pamela Coo­ley started Shapemaster in 1990. Still fam­ily-owned, the plas­tic prod­ucts man­u­fac­turer ships prod­ucts world­wide from tiny Og­den, pop­u­la­tion 800.

Stepan Co. North­field

Founded in 1932 by Al­fred C. Stepan Jr., Stepan man­u­fac­tures ba­sic and in­ter­me­di­ate chem­i­cals, in­clud­ing sur­fac­tants (the stuff that makes soap bub­bly). With more than 2,000 em­ploy­ees and 18 man­u­fac­tur­ing lo­ca­tions world­wide, it is one of the largest sur­fac­tant man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world.

Tri­ton In­dus­tries Chicago

Founded in 1961, Tri­ton in­tro­duced those di­a­mond-shaped flip signs on the back of trucks des­ig­nat­ing whether they carry haz­ardous loads. In ad­di­tion to do­ing cus­tom sheet metal or­ders, the com­pany makes com­po­nents that go inside vend­ing ma­chines.

W.W. Grainger Chicago

Wil­liam W. “Bill” Grainger founded a whole­sale elec­tric mo­tor busi­ness in Chicago in 1927. To­day, Grainger is a For­tune 500 in­dus­trial sup­plies and safety prod­ucts com­pany with a 600-branch net­work that spans North Amer­ica, In­dia, China and Panama.

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