101 Top Illinois Industrial Companies and Startups of 2021

June 7, 2021
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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Industrial companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Industrial 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 Industrial Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Lordstown Motors

Lordstown Motors

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Lordstown Motors is completing the engineering and development of the first full-electric pickup truck.

Uptake Technologies

Uptake Technologies

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Uptake Technologies designs and develops enterprise software.

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Fuel Tech

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Fuel Tech is a provider of air pollution control, process optimization, combustion efficiency, and engineering services.

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Amper Technologies

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Amper helps plant managers improve machine and labor productivity by monitoring key metrics of each machine in real-time.

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NewLake Capital Partners

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NewLake Capital Partners is internally managed, Maryland corporation focused on acquiring specialized industrial and retail properties.

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Amber Agriculture

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Amber Agriculture leverages the latest in analytics and automation to help farmers manage and market grain.

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John Deere

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Deere & Company is an American corporation that manufactures agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery.

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Archer Daniels Midland Company

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Archer Daniels Midland Company offers food ingredients, animal feeds and feed ingredients, biofuels, and other products.

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Hartland Controls

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Hartland Controls is a supplier of electrical system components to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning market.

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UICO

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UICO makes game-changing, all-weather touch technology for wearable and durable smart devices.

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Genesis Automation

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Genesis Automation is a single source, full service automated system solutions provider.

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RBI

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RBI is a manufacturer and distributor of RBI hammers and hydraulic hammers.

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Citadel Plastics

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Citadel Plastics is a compounder of thermoplastic and thermoset resins.

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CALco

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CALco is a wooden pallet manufacturer selling both new and recycled pallets to a diverse customer.

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Metraflex

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Metraflex manufactures engineered piping components to reduce noise and vibration.

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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

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Pacific Press Technologies

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Pacific Press Technologies designs and manufactures hydraulic press, press brake, and automation solutions.

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Advanced Diamond Technologies

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Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. engages in developing and applying diamond films for industrial, electronic, and medical applications.

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Nimble Aircraft

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We solve the industry problems when plane and helicopters can’t. Nimble Aircraft is manufacturer and service provider of commercial drones.

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Chellino Crane

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Chellino Crane is one of the largest crane companies in the Midwest providing full service to niche markets.

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Cecence

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It is a Hampshire-based composite innovators and manufacturer.

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Illinois Tool Works

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ITW specializes in the fields of industrial machinery, engineering, operations, sales, marketing, finance, and accounting.

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Univar

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Univar is one of the world’s leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 2,500 chemical producers

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Gamma Technologies

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Gamma Technologies is a company that designs simulation software to model thermal, mechanical, electrical, and other forms of physics.

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Dover

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Dover Corporation (Dover) owns and operates a global portfolio of manufacturing companies providing components and equipment, specialty

Uptake Technologies

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Banner Industries is a value-added metals processor and distributor serving OEMs, and contract manufacturers.

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VERVE Industrial Protection

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Verve Industrial Protection’s mission is to protect the world’s critical infrastructure.

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Tripp Lite

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

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Ashling Partners

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Ashling Partners is an award-winning service provider in the rapidly growing intelligent automation market.

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Pregis Corporation

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Pregis Corporation is an Industrial company.

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Reedy Industries

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Reedy Industries is a provider of commercial HVAC services and mechanical services to commercial, industrial, and municipal buildings.

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Stroma Vision

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Stroma is building easy-to-deploy computer vision-based safety solutions to reduce accidents in industrial workplaces.

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Chicago Miniature Lighting

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Chicago Miniature Lighting is a provider of lighting systems to the Automotive, Aerospace, Marine, Commercial & Industrial Markets.

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EN Engineering

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EN Engineering provides engineering, consulting, and automation services to pipeline companies, utilities, and industrial customers

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Lumec Control Products

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Lumec Control Products focuses on the commercialization of its proprietary inherently linear and flow control valve for low-pressure gases.

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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.

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Essendant

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Essendant is a purpose-driven company that strives for more than just business success.

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The Marmon Group

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The Marmon Group is a global, diversified industrial organization.

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Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK IS A MARKET LEADER in the marine, fitness, and bowling and billiards industries. They have made a commitment to focus their

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BigMachines

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BigMachines offers a CPQ cloud that accelerates the conversion of sales opportunities into revenue by automating the sales order process.

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SunCoke Energy

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SunCoke Energy has become the largest independent producer of high-quality metallurgical coke in the Americas.

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Heico Companies

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Heico Companies provides manufacturing, construction and industrial services.

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Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

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Robert Bosch Tool Corporation is a power tools division of the Bosch Group.

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OnePlus Systems

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

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Composites One

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Composites One is a supplier of composite materials serving customers from more than 35 locations in North America.

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GATX Corp

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GATX Corporation is an equipment finance company based in Chicago, Illinois.

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First Industrial Realty Trust

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First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT).

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Skandia

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Skandia has a fresh view of investments to help our customers around the world achieve their goals.

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Environmental Systems Design

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

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Utilities

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Utilities is a dynamic firm that primarily focuses on offering a complete range of water and wastewater service to their customers.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation

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Mitutoyo America Corporation is an engineering company that provides precision measuring and metrology solutions.

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Signode Industrial Group

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Signode Industrial Group makes the bulk transportation of goods possible.

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MYR Group

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MYR Group is a holding company of electrical contractors serving the electrical infrastructure industry and commercial/industrial markets.

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Fuchs Petrolub

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FUCHS is a global Group with German roots that develops, produces, and distributes lubricants and related specialties.

Uptake Technologies

Munch’s Supply Co

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A New Lenox, Ill.-based HVAC distributor

Uptake Technologies

SeaStar Solutions

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SeaStar Solutions (formerly Teleflex Marine) is the leading global provider of OEM and aftermarket products and accessories for the

Uptake Technologies

Industrial Service Solutions

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Industrial Service Solutions is a provider of industrial field services, including repair and refurbishment of equipment.

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Buehler

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Buehler is a leading manufacturer of scientific equipment and supplies for use in material analysis.

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CHS Capital LLC

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CHS Capital, LLC provides financial solutions for agricultural producers, cooperatives and commercial businesses.

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GE Transportation

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GE Transportation manufactures equipment for railroad, marine, mining, drilling, and energy generation industries.

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Optimas OE Solutions

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Optimas is providing supplychain management solutions and engineering support for equipment manufacturers and suppliers located in Glenview.

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GAM

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GAM is a leading provider of precision mechanical power transmission components used in the automation of machinery.

Uptake Technologies

KONE US

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KONE (pronounced koh` nay) is a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry.

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AFC

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AFC is provider of high temperature and non-stick solutions.

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Amsted Industries

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Amsted Industries, Inc., a diversified manufacturer for the railroad, construction and building industries.

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Prime Advantage

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Prime Advantage is a buying group, delivering total cost reduction to members through group volume discounts, rebates, and more.

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MillerCoors

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MillerCoors is a conglomerate of beer breweries that specializes in the business and marketing end of beer production.

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DUO-FAST Corporation

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A construction products company based in Schaumburg, Ill.

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Ampersand Markets

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blockchain based solution for modernizing mineral economics

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QuesTek Innovations

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QuesTek Innovations engages in integrated computational materials engineering to optimize and design materials.

Uptake Technologies

Ensar Solutions

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Ensar Solutions is an IT Services firm focusing on Data Science & Engineering, Mobile, Analytics, AI, Cloud, software & Security solutions.

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TownNews.com

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TownNews.com provides content management systems (CMS) and revenue solutions for publishers in the media industry.

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Walker Consultants

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A structural engineering firm.

Uptake Technologies

Field Fastener

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Field Fastener is a full-service, data-driven, on-demand engineering partner with a unique, technical approach to inventory management.

Uptake Technologies

Pepper Construction

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Pepper Construction was founded in 1927 by Stanley F. Pepper, whose original vision has inspired nearly a century of growth.

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Crafts Technology

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Crafts Technology is a high-precision provider of tailor-made cemented tungsten carbide solutions.

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KJWW Engineering Consultants

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KJWW is a leader in consulting engineering services for building and infrastructure systems.

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Hitachi Industrial Equipment & Solutions America

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Manufacturer of sophisticated Industrial Products (Equipments & Components)

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Optimal Design

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Optimal Design is an award winning product development and internet of things (IoT) solutions firm.

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Leeco Steel

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Leeco Steel’s has stocked and sold steel plate for over 130 years as one of the largest steel plate distributors in the U.S.

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Flexco

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Flexco is a machinery company that provides a wide range of products and services to maximize belt conveyor uptime, productivity and safety.

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Vorne Industries

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Vorne Industries is a manufacturing company that provides production monitoring and performance measurement services.

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ARi Global Solutions

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ARi is a provider of integrated engineering solutions.

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Bimba Manufacturing Co

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Bimba Manufacturing Co is manufactures an advanced range of actuators and associated products primarily for the Industrial Automation.

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The Cary Company

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The Cary Company is a distributor of containers & packaging, specialty chemicals, filtration and spill control products.

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BUNN

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BUNN is a dynamic company that offers a wide range of dispensed beverage equipment and machines for homes to its customers.

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NTN Bearing

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NTN Bearing is manufacturing and supplying bearings, velocity joints, and other industrial & automotive equipment.

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Grayhill

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Grayhill is a manufacturing company that produces touch encoder, rotary switches, keypads, pushbuttons, optical encoders and joysticks.

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Light Efficient Design

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Light Efficient Design

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Exact Replacement Parts

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Exact Replacement Parts is a wholesaler of high-quality aftermarket appliance repair parts.

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CME Ltd

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Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc. is a stock exchange that provides futures contracts and options on futures.

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ConTech Lighting

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ConTech Lighting is your resource for innovative, high-performance and sustainable lighting solutions.

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New York Blower Company

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New York Blower Company is an engineering company providing centrifugal fans and pressure blowers.

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Thunderbird

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Thunderbird develops precision machining and assembly of aerospace parts, fabricates steel, aluminum, brass and copper.

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Society of Women Engineers

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Society of Women Engineers (SWE) empowers women to excel in the field of engineering and to be recognized for their contributions.

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IoTConnect

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IoTConnect is an IoT platform as service company.

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Professional Service Industries

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Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) is an industry-leading engineering, consulting and testing firm.

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Railspire

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Rail spire is an innovation lab and technology incubator focused on creating and providing solutions for the rail industry.

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IndustryNet

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Guide to Machinery Parts and Services

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Flex-A-Seal

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Flex-A-Seal proviedes smanufacture of welded metal bellows and fully split cartridge mechanical seals.

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Essentra Components

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Essentra Components manufactures and distributes small & essential components.

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