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By Mike Sandrolini
BROADVIEW | As was mentioned in a recent West Suburban Journal story on former Mayor Sherman Jones, 120 new businesses came into the village during his eight-year tenure.
Here are thumbnail sketches of a few of those businesses (in alphabetical order) which have come into town in recent years that you might not have realized call Broadview home—and a few that have been in Broadview for decades.
Bright Image Corp. Touch & Glow Lighting Solutions—Located at 2830 S. 18th Ave., Bright Image Corp., under its registered trademark Touch & Glow products brand name, manufactures electronic touch dimmers, dusk-to-dawn light controls, wireless remote light controls, energy saving light bulbs, holiday lights switches and other lighting controls, according to its website: www.touchandglow.com. It features “plug and play” lighting control designs. The company has been in business for 25 years and moved to Broadview over five years ago.
Graysmills Corp.—Graysmills is a woman-owned manufacturer of pumps for filter and filtering systems, pump and tank systems and machine tool coolant pumps; parts washers; and inking systems. The company, which is over 75 years old, moved its manufacturing and office space from two multilevel buildings in Chicago—where it had been located since World War II—to a one level, 125,000-square-foot facility in Broadview last year.
Mullins Food Products—A Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified woman-owned business enterprise, Mullins Food Products—started in 1934 on the west side of Chicago—manufactures and packages custom sauces, ketchup, dressings and spreads for many well-known companies across the country and around the world. Its modern, fully automated facility is located at 2200 S. 25th Ave. and is the largest contractor of these aforementioned products for McDonald’s Corp. in the area.
Pure’s Foods Specialties Inc.— Pure’s Foods Specialties is located at 2929 S. 25th Ave., manufactures and distributes cookies for private label and retail customers in the U.S. It serves customers through grocery and retail outlets, and sells its products at its Broadview location and online. Its main brand is Mrs. Pures, which has classic chocolate chip, oatmeal, iced oatmeal, sugar, butter and coconut cookies, as well as Mrs. Pure’s Funsnax super thin and crispy wafer cookies (in chocolate chip, raspberry, strawberry, lemon and oatmeal flavors).
Solo Laboratories, Inc.—Solo Laboratories was established in 1927 and has a 160,000-square-foot office warehouse complex located at 2200 Parkes Drive. The company has a wide range of personal hair care, skin care and cream cosmetic products (such as lipsticks, lip balms, cream foundations and shade matching), along with colognes, hand sanitizers antibacterial soap, oral rinses and teeth brighteners.
Strikeforce Bowling, LLC—Located at 2001 W. Parkes Drive, the company, which has been in existence since 1968, moved its headquarters to Broadview in 2009. It manufactures bowling equipment and accessories under the KR Strikeforce line such as bowling balls, shoes, gloves and bowling ball bags for either a single ball or roller bags that carry multiple balls, shoes and accessories. Bowling balls and bags also are available in many NFL, MLB, NHL and NCAA team logos.
Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.—An employee-owned company located at 2913 Gardner Road, Wilbert Funeral Services is the industry leader in burial vaults (also providing delivery and grave-side set-up services) and related products such as cremation ums, memorialization jewelry, mementos and other cemetery products. The company’s roots date back to the 1880s. In 1930, Wilbert Haase invented the asphalt-lined concrete burial vault in an effort to make a vault that was water proof. Wilbert has close to 200 licensees in the U.S. and Canada, making it the largest network of burial vault manufacturers in North American. Elvis Presley; Harry Caray; Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Frank Sinatra; John Wayne; and Harold Washington are among the most famous people buried in Wilbert vaults.
Windy City Limousine—The company moved to a new 40,000-square-foot facility at 2801 S. 25th Ave. in September, 2015. It specializes in providing business and leisure travelers with transportation to and from Chicago’s metropolitan and private airports; vehicles for group transportation to airports hotels, conference centers, corporate headquarters and other locations throughout the Chicago area for group business and events; limousine service for special occasions; a shared ride shuttle program; and global transportation. Windy City Limousine is the official limousine and bus for the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Fire. It also provided SUVs and buses for the Cubs World Series victory parade and rally last November.