101 Top Illinois Hardware Companies and Startups of 2021

June 7, 2021
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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Hardware companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Hardware industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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Top Illinois Hardware Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

mHUB

mHUB

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mHUB is a hardtech innovation and manufacturing entrepreneurial center.

Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies

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Zebra Technologies is a global leader in barcode printing and RTLS technology including printers, RFID, software and supplies.

Zebra Technologies

Jiobit

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Jiobit is an electronics company that manufactures the world’s smallest and longest self learning location tracking technology.

Zebra Technologies

CDW Corporation

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CDW is a provider of IT solutions for business, government, education, and healthcare.

Zebra Technologies

Hologram

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Hologram is a platform for building Internet of Things products with a focus on cellular.

Zebra Technologies

Inventables

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Inventables is a 3D carving company offers a powerful machine, intuitive software and unique materials.

Zebra Technologies

Scout

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Scout is a home security system that combines hardware designs and easy-to-use controls.

Zebra Technologies

NuCurrent

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NuCurrent is a developer of high-efficiency antennas for wireless power applications.

Zebra Technologies

NuMat Technologies

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NuMat Technologies builts an Operating System for the commercialization of programmable chemistries.

Zebra Technologies

FLEx Lighting

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FLEx Lighting is a nanotechnology and optics company that has produces flexible LED light guide film.

Zebra Technologies

Bell and Howell

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Bell and Howell is a provider of communication technology and data services to business clients.

Zebra Technologies

Monument

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Monument backs up and automatically organizes your precious memories effortlessly.

Zebra Technologies

viaPhoton

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ViaPhoton provides fiber solutions for all data center environments.

Zebra Technologies

Autobon AI

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Autobon is pioneering DeliveryOS – a fully automated freight shipping platform for those who ship, manage, or transport high-value products.

Zebra Technologies

Acco Brands

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ACCO Brands manufactures and markets office and school products.

Zebra Technologies

Tanvas

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Tanvas is redefining touch by enabling you to feel what you see on any touchscreen.

Zebra Technologies

Winston Privacy

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Winston is a plug-and-play privacy device that protects all devices in the home from mass surveillance.

Zebra Technologies

Tagore Technology

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Tagore Technology is a semiconductors company based out of 5 East College Drive, Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States.

Zebra Technologies

TraknProtect

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TraknProtect provides a platform for employee safety as well as inventory, room tray, and vendor tracking.

Zebra Technologies

Fueloyal

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Smart Fuel Cap transforming $146B worth fuel management market in trucking industry.

Zebra Technologies

Ace Hardware

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Throughout its 85-year history, Ace has been known as the helpful hardware place by both customers and communities.

Zebra Technologies

Conversion Sound

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Conversion Sound designs, manufactures and sells devices that address hearing deficiencies.

Zebra Technologies

Mirac

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Mirac is an electronics assembly and fabrication company.

Zebra Technologies

Yummy Future

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Yummy Future provides robotic solutions for food and beverage retailing.

Zebra Technologies

IntelliWheels

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IntelliWheels designs, manufactures, and commercializes wheelchair accessories.

Zebra Technologies

Bransys

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INTERNATIONAL IOT FOCUSED COMPANY. Bransys designs & develops Fleet Management & Asset Management Software & Hardware solutions.

Zebra Technologies

Vapor4Life

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Vapor4Life is the world’s only company that spent years and millions of dollars to invent the finest, most technologically advanced

Zebra Technologies

Guard Llama

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Guard Llama is a personal emergency response system. Simply press the button on our remote to send your exact location to police

Zebra Technologies

Phi Optics

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Phi Optics develops optical imaging systems for life sciences, medical diagnostics, nanotechnology, and semiconductor testing applications.

Zebra Technologies

True Value

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The True Value Company is an American retailer-owned hardware cooperative with over 5,000 independent retail locations worldwide.

Zebra Technologies

Anixter International

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Anixter is a leading global distributor of network & security solutions, electrical & electronic solutions and utility power solutions.

Zebra Technologies

elɘ

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eleMount is a CNC-machined, solid aluminum universal mount for electronic gadgets.

Zebra Technologies

ARTSEE

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From the Gallery to your Wall. Hang it up at home in seconds. ARTSEE – App for the Art market

Zebra Technologies

Head Case Company

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Head Case Company offers products that protect young athletes from the risks of undetected cumulative concussions.

Zebra Technologies

JBT Corporation

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JBT Corporation is a global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries.

Zebra Technologies

Tripp Lite

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Tripp Lite is a supplier of power quality products and connectivity solutions.

Zebra Technologies

OWC (Other World Computing) and Macsales.com

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Other World Computing provides hardware products and support services to the computer industry.

Zebra Technologies

Mesh++

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Mesh++ is a wireless technology company that builds self-powered routers that run an efficient mesh networking protocol.

Zebra Technologies

Bluepay

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Bluepay provides technology-enabled credit card payment processing services for businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

Zebra Technologies

SafePlug

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SafePlug develops electrical safety and energy products to reduce or eliminate household electrical fires and electrocutions.

Zebra Technologies

TimeTraveler

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TimeTraveler is a consumer electronics company that offers hardware and software for virtual reality.

Zebra Technologies

Sparton

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Sparton provides electromechanical devices with capabilities that include concept development, industrial design.

Zebra Technologies

MBX Systems

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MBX designs and manufactures application-optimized hardware appliances.

Zebra Technologies

ABT Electronics

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Online retailer of consumer electronics

Zebra Technologies

Dipalo Ventures

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Early stage connected hardware and hard tech investments in the US Midwest, de-risked via design and engineering focused Residency.

Zebra Technologies

Bell Microproducts

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Bell Microproducts is a value-added provider of high technology products and solutions for the industrial and commercial markets.

Zebra Technologies

Kensington

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Kensington is a company that produces and supplies desktop and mobile accessories like security, connectivity, power products.

Zebra Technologies

TBI Inc

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TBI is one of the nation’s leading third-party technology distributors.

Zebra Technologies

ConnectSense

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ConnectSense is a technology company that develops IoT solutions for home and office environments.

Zebra Technologies

OnePlus Systems

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OnePlus Systems Inc. is an Illinois-based manufacturer of container fullness and control systems.

Zebra Technologies

Communications Supply Corporation

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CSC is a distributor of data communication products in the United States.

Zebra Technologies

High Wire Networks

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High Wire Networks delivers professional services, low voltage installations, commercial electrical services, and break/fix solutions.

Zebra Technologies

Defend Edge

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DefendEdge’s SiON, an Employee Threat Management platform predicts, detects, and prevents human based identity access insider threats

Zebra Technologies

Sentry Enterprises

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Sentry Enterprises is specializing in the development of multi-factor biometric authentication, authorization, and data security solutions.

Zebra Technologies

farm

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farm creates computer generated content – digital renderings and animations for some of the worlds best & well-known brands.

Zebra Technologies

PDT, an Astronics Company

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Complete Product Development: Inspired by Creativity, Driven by Results.

Zebra Technologies

Clover Imaging Group

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Clover Imaging Group is a business supplies and equipment firm dealing in imaging products, services ands solutions.

Zebra Technologies

Environmental Systems Design

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Environmental Systems Design, Inc. is a engineering design firm.

Zebra Technologies

Richardson Electronics

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Richardson Electronics, Ltd. is a global provider of engineered solutions and a global distributor of electronic components to the radio

Zebra Technologies

G&W Electric

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G&W Electric has been a global supplier of electric power equipment since 1905.

Zebra Technologies

Captec

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Captec is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of specialist computing platform.

Zebra Technologies

LBP Manufacturing

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LBP is a leader in corrugated foodservice packaging.

Zebra Technologies

NEC Display Solutions

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NEC Display Solutions designs, produces and delivers leading-edge visual display technology for a wide variety of markets.

Zebra Technologies

Enclave Audio

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Enclave Audio engineers and manufactures immersive wireless audio systems for home entertainment environments.

Zebra Technologies

AutoMeter Products, Inc.

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AutoMeter Products, Inc. is a high technology company focused on performance and racing automotive instrumentation and electronics.

Zebra Technologies

Yaskawa America

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Yaskawa America is a technology hardware & equipment company located in Waukegan.

Zebra Technologies

Vertical Software

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Vertical Software specializes in scale automation, bio-fuel automation, farmer automation, grain, and financial accounting services.

Zebra Technologies

Digital Fleet

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Fleet Management and Telematics for the Ready Mix Concrete & Construction Materials Industries

Zebra Technologies

ABCOMRENTS

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ABCOMRENTS is a rental company that enables users to rent out computers and audio visual equipment.

Zebra Technologies

Unicord Corporation

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Unicord Corporation is a manufacturer of rope, cordage & tying twine products for recreational marine, hardware houseware & other purposes.

Zebra Technologies

Ambir Technology

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It offers a wide range of scanners and eSignature solutions that enable rapid, accurate electronic capture of customer data.

Zebra Technologies

Grid Connect Inc.

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Grid Connect Inc. is a leader in high-quality networking product manufacturing, distribution and support.

Zebra Technologies

Broadcast Electronics

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Broadcast Electronics designs and manufactures a complete line of radio broadcast products, including transmitters AM, FM and HD Radio.

Zebra Technologies

CSE Software

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CSE Software develops software, hardware and creates technology solutions.

Zebra Technologies

Twocanoes Software LLC

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Twocanoes Software create hardware and software products for commercial and educational markets.

Zebra Technologies

Mariani Landscape

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Mariani Landscape is a landscape design, installation and maintenance firm in Illinois.

Zebra Technologies

Progressive Components

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Progressive Components is an offers advanced solutions for unmatched tooling performance, with product lines consisting.

Zebra Technologies

Midtronics

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Midtronics is an innovative company focusing entirely on advancing battery management.

Zebra Technologies

B+B SmartWorx

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B+B SmartWorx design, manufacture and support network connectivity equipment that is easy to deploy, easy to use and easy to manage.

Zebra Technologies

Cable-Comm Technologies

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Cable-Comm Technologies provides cables and harnesses for transportation, military, medical, data communications, OEM and other industry.

Zebra Technologies

xCelor

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xCelor provides high-frequency trading solutions that optimize trading performance, while reducing costs.

Zebra Technologies

Clean Air Engineering

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CleanAir is established in areputation for excellence on projects of all sizes, ranging from boiler, APC equipment and cooling towers.

Zebra Technologies

Imagetec

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Digital Office Equipment Company

Zebra Technologies

TRICOR Systems Inc.

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Electronic Contract Manufacturing

Zebra Technologies

Empire Comfort Systems

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Empire Comfort Systems is a consumer goods company that provides heating solutions.

Zebra Technologies

Russo Power Equipment

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Russo Power Equipment is a retail company specializing in outdoor power equipment.

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Tanita

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Tanita is a professional in precision electronic scales that manufactures scales and body composition products for fitness and medical use.

Zebra Technologies

Van Meter Inc.

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Van Meter is a wholesale company specializing in automation, datacom, and power transmission products.

Zebra Technologies

PARO Robots

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PARO is an advanced interactive robot developed by AIST, a leading Japanese industrial automation pioneer.

Zebra Technologies

BEASTGRIP, CO.

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Beastgrip creates a lens adapter and rig system system for smartphones.

Zebra Technologies

Crescend Technologies

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Crescend Technologies is the premier manufacturer of RF Power Amplifiers supporting a wide range of markets including Land Mobile Radio.

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Certified Power

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Certified Power is a distributor, designer, and assembler of hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic components and controls for both

Zebra Technologies

PlantLink

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PlantLink sells connected devices that monitor plant health.

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Alfa

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Alfa specializes in electric motors, AC drives and related components used in CNC, robotics, and factory automation.

Zebra Technologies

XVerify

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Real Time Email and Data Verification Platform Helping marketers convert more leads and increase their email deliverability.

Zebra Technologies

Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing

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Four Seasons is a consumer goods company providing furnace and air conditioner repair services.

Zebra Technologies

Stack-On

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Stack-On has supplied a wide and diverse line of products to meet the needs of sportsmens.

Zebra Technologies

Lynk Labs

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Lynk Labs is an industrial company focused on AC LED manufacturing and decreasing costs to maintain the technology.

Zebra Technologies

My Tankless Water Heater Store

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My Tankless Water Heater Store carry are made by reputable manufacturers that have a registered office and warranty processing center.

Zebra Technologies

Parkonect

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Parkonect is a IT company that offers IoT parking hardware, including full parking systems, add on barcode readers, LPR, cloud based control

Zebra Technologies

Charles Industries

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Charles manufactures a comprehensive line of Innovative Enclosed Solutions for protecting electronics at remote locations.

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