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Business loves the Cardunal area because it has a well-educated workforce, a wide choice of locations, excellent transportation systems, and schools and governmental bodies that recognize the needs of business and industry.

In Algonquin, Carpentersville, East Dundee, and Gilberts, the area’s thriving industrial centers, no single company dominates. Of 120 or so manufacturing firms in the area, about 30 have more than 50 workers and about a dozen have more than 100 employees.

The area’s largest employers are located in nearby Elgin. Included are First Card, a credit card processing company with 3,000 employees; Matsushita Electric Corp., an electronics manufacturer with 660 workers; Safety-Kleen Corp., contaminated waste system management, with 650 employees; Sherman Hospital, with 1,850 workers; and Saint Joseph Hospital, with 1,000 employees.

Within the seven communities of the Cardunal area, Carpentersville’s Revcor is the largest industrial employer with 450 workers. It produces fans, blower wheels, and housing units for the HVAC industry. Algonquin is the site of both the headquarters and the Dura-Bar Division of Wells Manufacturing Company. The firm produces parts for the automotive industry and has 375 employees.

Carpentersville’s Otto Engineering, with 300 workers, is the area’s third largest employer. It designs and manufactures precision switches and controls. McWhorter Technologies Inc., also located in Carpentersville, is the area’s fourth biggest employer with 230 workers. It makes castings and resins. Two other firms located in Carpentersville are Bulk Lift International, Inc., which has 200 workers and produces woven polypropelene bulk bags and Grayhill Inc., with 170 employees.

In Algonquin, four firms rank among the area’s largest employers. These are Crystal Die and Mold Inc., with 210 workers; Meyer Materials Co., with 200; Power Conversion Products, Inc., with 160 workers; and Wauconda Tool and Engineering Co., Inc., with 138 employees.

A wide variety of products are made in Cardunal country. They include everything from electronic switches to metal stampings to molded plastics. Among the products produced are automation systems, skylights and millwork products for the housing industry, log home kits, floral and agricultural preservatives, laser printer cartridges, machined parts, paints and stains, tables and shelving, golf clubs, metal gratings, audio and digital cassettes, valves, switches, adhesives and sealants, photographic chemicals, erosion control materials, cabinetry and furniture, and metal fasteners.

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