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Sycamore touts its diverse industry

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Sycamore senior and linebacker Logan Schneider sits on the tire of an Old Elm Farms tractor Tuesday while talking to his teammates at the Made in Sycamore event. Community members got to see first-hand what is made in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – There are quite a few businesses in Sycamore that Ashley Foltz didn’t know about.

The Sycamore resident had not heard of Old Elm Farms, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete and Auto Meter. But on Tuesday in downtown Sycamore, Foltz, along with her daughters, had the chance to meet their employees for the city’s first Made in Sycamore event. 

“I don’t get out a lot to do stuff like this, and it’s been a lot of fun and interesting,” she said. 

More than a dozen businesses based in the city and with locations in the area came together for the event, which is part of the city’s Tuesdays on the Town series. Business owners and employees put their trucks, equipment, products and smiling faces on display for local residents. 

The event was the result of a partnership among city officials, Sycamore School District 427, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce and the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said the event shows a strong representation of the industrial and agricultural businesses in the area.

“They’re a vital part of the community,” he said. 

While some companies are based in Sycamore, others, such as Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete and Ideal Industries, have locations in other states and countries. Many of the people who work for them find Sycamore a good environment for the businesses, with supportive residents and city officials. 

Shawn Haynes, property manager of Upstaging Inc., said the company moved to Sycamore from Mundelein. Its employees enjoy the “small town” feel of the city and opportunities for growth. Upstaging Inc. provides theatrical lighting and equipment trucking. 

“We definitely like it here and feel part of the community,” he said.

Superior Industrial Equipment distributes industrial equipment such as pumps, vacuum pumps and blowers. The company also has a repair shop and does maintenance work. On Tuesday, it brought along a metering pump for visitors interested in finding out how it worked. 

Superior Industrial Equipment moved to Sycamore in 2008, said Jeffrey Galush, the company’s general manager. One of the reasons why was Sycamore was chosen is because that is where many of its employees live.

“I think we got a real strong work ethic in the area,” Galush said. 

Gregory said the event showed a strong turnout and hopefully it was something that could be done every year. 

“We can grow it and bring more businesses,” he said. 

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