Kishwaukee College, in partnership with Innovative Growers, Sycamore IL is offering a paid employability boot camp.

During this boot camp, participants will gain marketable skills in basic welding, computer literacy, interpersonal communication, and more!

Registration is required.  Please see the flyer below.  The boot camp will take place from July 26th to July 30th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Successful completion of the boot camp will provide wages and the opportunity to interview with Sycamore-based rapidly growing company, Innovative Growers for employment.


Date posted: July 15, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Earn and Learn about Welding! This is your Opportunity!

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The Chicago Industrial Properties Conference will take place on Friday, July 23, 2021, from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Embassy Suites in Rockford, IL.  The I-39 Logistics Corridor Association is a Co-Host.

The I-39 Logistics Corridor is all about helping you connect to the proximity vital for logistics, manufacturing, company headquarters, raw resources and materials, and industry and business clusters. We identify site criteria important for the Chicago area, which handles more freight than any other city in the country.  Borek has been an active member of the association during his nearly 14 years at DCEDC, along with DCEDC members; CLAYCO, ComED, First National Bank, Krusinski Construction Company/ChicagoWest Business Center, Lee & Associates, Nicor Gas, Ringland-Johnson Construction, Testing Service Corporation, and Venture One Real Estate.

To date, more than 17 business practitioners have been lined up to share updates and best practices with more speakers to be announced.

To register for this dynamic event, please click here.

To learn more about the I-39 Logistics Corridor, please visit their website I-39 Logistics Corridor Website


Date posted: July 9, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Paul Borek to present at the Illinois I-39 Corridor State of the Market

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Continuing on its winning streak, the State of Illinois joined Ferrara this past week to mark the opening of the company’s newest facility in Illinois. The new 1.6 million square foot facility brings a $100 million investment in the community, along with 500 local jobs, and will enhance the company’s ability to serve customers and meet evolving consumer demands.


Ferrara, makers of popular brands Lemonheads, Now and Later, Nerds, and dozens of others maintains its headquarters in Chicago with thousands of employees across the state. The confectionary industry is also a major contributor to Illinois being the second-largest food processing cluster in the nation—an industry target under Governor JB Pritzker’s 5-year economic growth plan, which focuses on manufacturing, food processing, and infrastructure to drive economic growth across the state.


Ferrara is one of the hundreds of companies announcing its plans to grow in Illinois last year, including several major manufacturing companies launching or growing major operations centers: Kimberly Clark, InnovaFeed, and more. With 38 HQs located across the state, Illinois has more Fortune 500 companies than any other state in the Midwest – and the highest number since 2001.


Press Release

Click here for the DCEO Press Release

Date posted: July 6, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on State of Illinois Joins Ferrara to Mark Opening of $100 Million DeKalb Distribution Center

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ComEd, in partnership with DCEDC, is seeking to better understand your organization’s environmental goals and plans for electrification in the years to come.

Can you spare ten minutes to take this survey?  The survey will close on Friday, July 16th.  ComEd values your important input.

Click here to take the survey

ComEd Electric Car Survey 1


Date posted: July 6, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Help Shape the Future of Electric Vehicles & Equipment

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The Northern Illinois University College of Business and DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is pleased to announce the continuation of a joint program to improve member access to cost-effective, professional human resources. The IGNITE! Program provides a structure for member companies to connect with and employ NIU Business students part-time and subsidizes student compensation for up to five DCEDC member companies, local start-ups, and local non-profits.

The NIU College of Business has over 2,000 undergraduate students studying Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management & Information Systems.  Over seventy-five percent of NIU Business students live in DeKalb County during the school year and nearly sixty percent work anywhere from one to 40 hours a week. Most students are in jobs that do not meaningfully contribute to their professional growth. The NIU Business students are an untapped resource for DCEDC member companies. At the same time, DCEDC member companies are not an instinctual source of work for NIU Business students.  The IGNITE! Program changes this dynamic.

How it works:

To participate in the IGNITE! Program, DCEDC member companies must have a recorded 2021 Pledge or Payment with DCEDC. Member companies may then submit an online proposal for a year-long, part-time (no more than 20 hours per week) position at  Positions must include clear goals and defined professional responsibilities, projects and developmental opportunities, and general expectations.  The proposal deadline is June 15, 2021.

A committee will choose five proposals from DCEDC member companies, local start-ups, and local non-profit organizations for funding.  Students will be paid $11 per hour. The NIU College of Business will subsidize student payment at a rate of $10.25/hour. The hiring organization will contribute $500 to support student wages or pay the student $0.75 per hour directly. The hiring organization will also provide development opportunities to the student.

Selected organizations must assist in promoting their opportunity to students through the NIU job board and a virtual information session in early August. The selected organizations will be responsible for interviewing, hiring, onboarding, training, and management of the student. The period of employment is August 23, 2020-May 14, 2022.

The enclosed FAQ includes program specifics and impact. IGNITE FAQ 21-22

The NIU College of Business and DCEDC share a similar goal: To strengthen public/private partnerships to for the purpose of economic growth and diversification.  The IGNITE Program is an important step toward achieving this goal.


Balalji Rajagopalan, Ph.D.                                                                                        Paul Borek

Dean, NIU College of Business                                                                                Executive Director, DCEDC

Date posted: May 19, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Added-Value Member Available with NIU College of Business

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Hello DCEDC Employer Partners,

Northern Illinois University Career Services is hosting a new opportunity to recruit our students and recent alumni with an End-of-Year Career Fair! We hope you will consider joining us on May the Fourth for this virtual recruiting event. We have created a fair registration package to allow DCEDC members to attend at no charge.

If you are seeking interns, full-time, part-time, summer, or fall candidates, plan to join us virtually via Simplicity at our End-of-Year Career Fair. Registration is open through Huskies Get Hired and on our website. At registration, select the DCEDC Member registration package and then select to pay by check to complete the registration. You will receive a receipt showing a zero balance due.


  • End-of-Year Career Fair – Virtual
    Tuesday, May 4th, 11:00am-2:00pm
    Registration Fee:  $75; DCEDC Members: $0; Non-Profit / Government:  $25; DCNP Member $0; NIU Departments: $0

On behalf of the staff at NIU Career Services, thank you for your commitment to hiring Huskies! Please email us if we can assist with your recruitment goals in any way.


Best regards,


Cathy Doederlein and Diane Hart

Career Services

Northern Illinois University

Division of Academic Affairs

Date posted: April 26, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on DCEDC Member Announcement

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The Kishwaukee College Welding and Diesel Power Technology Programs were the recipient of a hydraulic crane truck and diesel-powered service level welder, courtesy of Enbridge, Inc.

The Canadian-based energy company donated the truck and equipment, along with an annual scholarship donation of $5,000, during a ceremony at Kish on Wednesday, April 7. Leadership from both Kishwaukee College, the Kishwaukee College Foundation and Enbridge, along with students and faculty, were in attendance. Following the ceremony, Enbridge guests stayed and worked with Kish students during a training session with the equipment.

“We’re proud to continue supporting engineering and welding students at Kishwaukee College through this scholarship. We’re also honored to be able to donate the additional equipment, and we hope it enables students to experience specialized and real-world learning opportunities to help them achieve success in their field,” said Dave Bareham, Griffith Area Manager for Enbridge.

The new equipment offers expanded opportunities for Kish welding students, allowing them to train on identical equipment often found in professional welding jobs. Kish’s Diesel Power Technology Program will also have access to the crane truck as a training aide.

“The possibilities are endless with the hydraulic crane,” said Kish student William Miller. “You can get certification for the crane and do some bigger welding projects with this type of equipment. There are a lot of new training opportunities with this donation.”

Enbridge employees commented on the need for more skilled people in the workforce, and the donation allows for expanded training options.

“You have an amazing program here, and we are happy to be able to support it,” said Dan Morang, Senior Welder with Enbridge. “There are a lot of welding jobs out there that are good-paying jobs. You can make a good living doing it.”

Along with the equipment donation, Enbridge made its yearly contribution of $5,000 to the Kishwaukee College Foundation for the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship. The scholarship was started in 2015 for students enrolled in the Automated Engineering Technology Program or Welding Technology Program.

“Kishwaukee College is committed to supporting the education needs for a skilled workforce in the local community. I want to thank Enbridge for their partnership and their continued support of helping educate and train our students,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. “All of our students, now and in the near future, will benefit from this generous donation.”

Enbridge has made several equipment donations and given guest lectures and demonstrations at Kish over the past several years. With a long history of supporting educational opportunities, the latest donation is further evidence of the company’s support of career and technical education.


For more information on the Kishwaukee College Foundation or the programs at Kish, such as welding or diesel power technology, visit

For more information on Enbridge, visit



Photo Caption: Leadership from Kishwaukee College, the Kishwaukee College Foundation and Enbridge, Inc. pose for a photo after Enbridge donated a hydraulic crane truck, a diesel-powered service level welder, and a yearly scholarship contribution of $5,000 to the Foundation. The new equipment will benefit Kish’s Welding and Diesel Power Technology programs. Pictured left to right are Greg Bennett, Field Operations Supervisor for Enbridge; John Boesche, Kishwaukee College Assistant Professor of Diesel Power Technology; David Losiniecki, Heavy Equipment Operator for Enbridge; Dr. Kayte Hamel, Executive Director of the Kishwaukee College Foundation; Dan Morang, Senior Welder with Enbridge; Dave Bareham, Griffith Area Manager for Enbridge; Zachery Caccia, Kishwaukee College Assistant Professor of Welding; Chase Budziak, Dean of Instruction; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Bernard Pupino, Coordinator-Career Internships & Apprenticeships; Emily Cutka, Senior Advisor, Community Engagement, Public Affairs for Enbridge; Jim Connors, Enridge Community Ambassador, Northern Illinois; Dr. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction; and LaCretia Konan, Director of Workforce and Community Education.

Date posted: April 19, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Enbridge donates crane truck, welding equipment to Kishwaukee College

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About Give DeKalb County

Give DeKalb County is a great way to support your favorite nonprofit organizations in DeKalb County! On May 6, donations can be made online from midnight to midnight at Donors who prefer to give by check can print a donation form, complete it by indicating the organization(s) and donation amount(s), then write a single check for the total amount payable to “DCCF.” Checks can be mailed to DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178. Mail-in donations must be postmarked from April 22 – May 6. Learn More >

Every donation made during Give DeKalb County is BOOSTED by a portion of the Bonus Pool. This means every dollar donated through Give DeKalb County goes a little further!  Join us in supporting DeKalb County’s incredible nonprofit community!

DCEDC is proud to participate in Give DeKalb County again this year.  Please visit our profile –DCEDC Give DeKalb County Profile Page








Date posted: April 19, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on GIVE DeKalb County-May 6, 2021

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Kristi Van Oost

Conserv FS

(815) 334-5921


Conserv FS Breaks Ground on Major Facility Updates in Waterman


Waterman, IL: Conserv FS announced a large expansion project for their Waterman Facility. Yesterday, they had a groundbreaking event with local agricultural and community representatives to celebrate the expansion and what it will do for the community.

This expansion includes a new 7,500-ton dry fertilizer building equipped with a 24-ton blender and a NTEP certified Auto-Batch blending system. This new building will have the capacity to load 8 semi-trucks per hour. Also included in this project is 1.3 million gallons of liquid fertilizer storage integrated with a crop protection mixing facility and warehouse. This new liquid facility will be equipped with three load bays providing both top and bottom load options with “hot-load” capabilities. Also included will be a 24/7 unattended bay for after-hours availability of nitrogen solution loads with nitrogen stabilizers. Each of these bays can easily fill 6 semi-loads per hour (18 semi-loads total/hour for the facility). In addition to these, the expansion will feature 72,000 gallons of bulk crop protection product storage contained in this facility and ample mini-bulk and package good storage that will provide tremendous flexibility and capacity.

Both the dry fertilizer and the liquid facility will contain automated systems integrated with ordering, operations, and accounting software providing a greatly streamlined process and improved flow of information to the customer.

“The loading speed of this updated facility will be up to 5 times faster than the existing facility. Allowing us to service our customers at an increased pace while lowering our daily operating expenses through improved efficiencies.”  Says Adam Day, Agronomy Marketing and Sales Manager at Conserv FS. “Storage capacities will allow for us to effectively handle customers’ in-season needs and keep them moving efficiently.”

All inbound and outbound loading will be done indoors for ease of operation and environmental awareness. “These state-of-the-art facilities are built with safety and the environment being foremost in our thoughts, while at the same time providing an outstanding customer experience to our patrons, gaining them valuable time during peak-season operations”, said Jeff Kimmel, Facility Projects Manager at Conserv FS. The construction is being conducted by Greystone Construction and is predicted to be completed before the end of the year.

“At Conserv FS we are committed to serving the farmers of today while planning for the future and the needs of the next generation of farmers. This large project at our Waterman facility demonstrates our commitment to the future of agriculture in our territory.” Says Dave Swigart, General Manager of Conserv FS.  “We’ve been serving agriculture for nearly 100 years and this project is an example of our commitment to serving the farmer of the future.”

Incorporated in 1928, Conserv FS is an agricultural cooperative, owned and democratically controlled by its members. They offer a wider variety of agronomy, energy, and turf services and products. Their products and services are backed by sound recommendations that will help your business thrive. Always professional and dependable, Conserv FS Specialists are trusted advisers who understand your local needs.

Cooperative expansion project includes new liquid, dry fertilizer facilities – AgriNews

Date posted: April 1, 2021 | Author: | Comments Off on Conserv FS Breaks Ground on Major Facility Updates in Waterman

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