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CRAINS LIST CHICAGOS LARGEST PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES


Ranked by 2010 revenue Crains estimates are in gray. *Company-provided estimate.
Company/headquarters Phone/website (847) 720-8000 www.usfoodservice.com (847) 227-6500 www.reyesholdings.com (847) 676-3030 www.topco.com (847) 465-6000 www.cdw.com (630) 353-4200 www.havigroup.com (630) 851-6600 www.osigroup.com (630) 778-2800 www.eby-brown.com (847) 949-5500 www.medline.com (773) 762-2121 www.ryerson.com (630) 990-6600 www.acehardware.com (312) 563-5400 www.walshgroup.com (312) 222-3232 www.tribune.com (708) 583-2000 www.follett.com (630) 218-8000 www.inlandgroup.com (312) 419-8220 (847) 384-5940 www.kochfoods.com (312) 943-7000 (312) 645-1700 www.amsted.com (773) 695-5000 www.truevaluecompany.com (815) 553-8800 www.central-grocers.com (847) 699-7000 www.wheels.com (630) 600-3600 www.mcmaster.com (847) 444-5000 www.solocup.com (847) 808-3000 www.freedomroads.com (847) 272-2888 www.crateandbarrel.com (630) 279-3600 www.duch.com (312) 856-0200 www.grantthornton.com (847) 645-0200 www.serta.com (312) 853-3223 www.ttx.com (773) 489-7000 www.newlywedsfoods.com (312) 258-1717 www.transunion.com (630) 773-9111 www.hendrickson-intl.com (847) 714-1400 www.donlen.com (847) 803-4888 www.nsconline.com (312) 266-4700 www.pepperconstruction.com (312) 855-4000 www.ccindustries.net Top executive John A. Lederer President, CEO M. Jude Reyes, J. Christopher Reyes, co-chairmen Steven K. Lauer President, CEO John A. Edwardson Chairman, CEO Theodore F. Perlman Chairman Sheldon Lavin Chairman, CEO Richard W. Wake, Thomas G. Wake Co-presidents Charlie N. Mills CEO Michael C. Arnold CEO Ray A. Griffith President, CEO Matthew M. Walsh Chairman, CEO Samuel Zell Chairman Chuck Follett President, CEO Daniel L. Goodwin Chairman, CEO Emily Heisley Stoeckel Chairman Joseph C. Grendys CEO W. Rockwell Rocky Wirtz Chairman W. Robert Reum Chairman, president, CEO Lyle G. Heidemann President, CEO James Denges President, CEO James S. Frank President, CEO Robert O. Delaney Jr. CEO Robert M. Korzenski President, CEO Marcus A. Lemonis Chairman, CEO Barbara A. Turf President, CEO Craig J. Duchossois CEO Stephen Chipman CEO Robert L. Sherman President Thomas F. Wells President, CEO Charles T. Angell President Siddharth N. Bobby Mehta, president, CEO Matthew J. Boler President, CEO Gary M. Rappeport CEO Robert D. Mitchum President, CEO J. David Pepper Chairman, CEO William H. Crown President, CEO 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $18,862.1 -0.5% $12,800.0 8.9% $11,300.0 7.0% $8,801.0 22.9% $8,000.0 NM $5,150.0 7.3% $4,600.0 2.2% $4,040.0 12.2% $3,900.0 25.8% $3,570.0* 2.0% $3,448.5 4.0% $3,200.0 3.1% $2,719.0 2.1% $2,492.6 5.7% $2,300.0 NC $2,000.0 3.8% $1,950.0 8.3% $1,932.9 0.6% $1,804.0 -1.0% $1,787.0 13.7% $1,650.0 3.1% $1,650.0 16.2% $1,582.9 5.3% $1,335.0 15.3% $1,300.0 10.2% $1,300.0 18.2% $1,109.0 -3.6% $1,105.0 4.0% $1,053.0 9.9% $959.0 1.5% $956.5 3.4% $950.0 18.8% $920.5 9.1% $920.5 0.1% $911.8 -14.9% $900.0 16.9% Full-time local employees; worldwide 1,039 25,000 560 11,100 360 460 3,791 6,230 NA 10,000 1,600 19,100 610 2,250 2,257 7,500 400 4,600 1,051 4,137 1,500 6,000 3,200 13,000 2,500 6,300 1,058 1,494 570 10,000 1,100 12,000 1,350 3,250 475 9,200 800* 2,350* 575 2,100 607 626 NA 2,500 1,509 6,716 100 3,300 1,351 4,180 450 6,200 681 5,421 105 1,945 403 1,013 515 2,431 1,000 3,200 140 3,400 255 268 140 150 562 982 200 4,600 Type of business Distributor of food and restaurant supplies Food and beverage distributor Supplier of products, services to supermarkets, wholesalers and food-service companies Computer hardware, software and accessories Freight and supply-chain management, promotions, marketing Develops and processes food for quick-serve restaurants, food-service and retail companies Wholesale distributor of convenience products Manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies Metal processor and distributor Retail hardware cooperative General contractor, design-builder, construction manager Owner of newspapers, television stations, websites and other media Retail, wholesale distribution of education materials to K-12 and higher-education markets Commercial real estate, investment, property management, leasing, development Buyout/turnaround firm specializing in manufacturing companies Supplier of fresh and frozen poultry for foodservice and retail operations Distribution, real estate, insurance, banking; owns Chicago Blackhawks hockey team Manufacturer of railroad, construction and building materials Retail hardware cooperative Grocery wholesaler with retail locations Automotive fleet management Wholesale supplier of industrial products Manufacturer and distributor of single-use food-service products Operates RV dealerships and Camping World stores Home furnishings retailer Audiovisual equipment, venture-capital and private-equity investments, gaming Accounting Manufacturer and marketer of mattresses and bed foundations Provides rail cars and related freight and management services Manufacturer of food coatings and seasonings Credit data and financial services Manufacturer of truck and trailer suspension systems Fleet leasing and management Member-owned organization of janitorial, food-service and packaging distributors General construction and construction management Holding company for diversified manufacturing and real estate operations

TRIBUNE CO. Chicago FOLLETT CORP.2 River Grove INLAND REAL ESTATE GROUP OF COS.; Oak Brook HEICO COS. LLC Chicago KOCH FOODS INC. Park Ridge WIRTZ CORP. Chicago AMSTED INDUSTRIES INC.1 Chicago TRUE VALUE CO. Chicago CENTRAL GROCERS INC.3 Joliet FRANK CONSOLIDATED ENTERPRISES INC.4; Des Plaines MCMASTER-CARR SUPPLY CO. Elmhurst SOLO CUP CO. Lake Forest FREEDOMROADS LLC Lincolnshire CRATE & BARREL5 Northbrook DUCHOSSOIS GROUP INC. Elmhurst GRANT THORNTON LLP3 Chicago SERTA INC. Hoffman Estates TTX CO. Chicago NEWLY WEDS FOODS INC. Chicago TRANSUNION LLC Chicago BOLER CO. Itasca DONLEN CORP.4 Northbrook NETWORK SERVICES CO. Schaumburg PEPPER CONSTRUCTION GROUP1 Chicago CC INDUSTRIES INC. Chicago

Next on Trustmarks target list: the consumer health advice market, a hot segment due to growing interest in wellness. In February, Trustmark acquired Deerfield-based Focused Health Solutions, which provides disease management programs. Other acquisition highlights include a 2009 purchase of a national health call center that allowed Trustmark to offer a nurse consultation line and health advocacy services. Health care reform, however, has weighed on the company. We are concerned that the legislation does little to address the underlying cause of the high cost of private insurance coverage, Mr. McDonough says. Real reform will only be sustainable if it supports improvements in quality of care and does more to reduce the cost of care. Steve Kraus, a health insurance specialist at Chicagobased Deloitte Consulting LLP, predicts the uncertainties surrounding health reform will continue to hang over the insurance industry for some time as health insurance consumers and providers like Trustmark adjust to the new realities. There is an enormous amount of regulative activity in a short amount of time, Mr. Kraus says. We know the big picture, but the importance is in understanding the details and staying current. Christina Dreher

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U.S. FOODSERVICE INC. Rosemont REYES HOLDINGS LLC Rosemont TOPCO ASSOCIATES LLC Skokie CDW LLC Vernon Hills
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Trustmarks Rx for growth: Deals, wellness


Health insurer Trustmark Cos. has gotten a shot in the arm from deals: The Lake Forest company has snapped up three smaller rivals since 2009, helping push 2010 revenue up 12% to $895 million. Trustmark last year acquired HealthFitness Corp., a Minneapolis specialist in wellness programs, tripling its headcount to more than 6,200. But even without HealthFitness, Trustmarks sales would have risen in 2010 by $30 million, CEO David McDonough says. We were able to weather the financial crisis in relatively good shape due to our conservative investment philosophy and our diversified portfolio, Mr. McDonough says.

HAVI GROUP L.P. Downers Grove

OSI GROUP LLC Aurora EBY-BROWN CO. LLC1 Naperville MEDLINE INDUSTRIES INC. Mundelein RYERSON INC. Chicago ACE HARDWARE CORP. Oak Brook WALSH GROUP LTD. Chicago

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Company/headquarters Phone/website Top executive David M. McDonough CEO Paul A. Laudicina Chairman, managing officer Glenn M. Fisher CEO John P. Amboian Chairman, CEO William P. Brennan President, CEO Bill McInerney Executive chairman Martin P. Hughes Chairman, CEO Andrew Mason CEO John G. Freeland President, CEO John Thomas Hurvis Chairman, CEO Larry Morse President, CEO Barry L. MacLean CEO Mark A. Seals President, CEO E. S. Hooker III CEO Jerry W. Levin Chairman, CEO Steve Wang Chairman, CEO Barbara Levy Kipper Chairman Edward Bleka President, CEO Andrew T. Berlin Chairman, CEO James E. Fellowes Chairman, CEO John W. Estey President, CEO John E. Kenny Jr. President, CEO Jack Weisbaum CEO Jack E. Caveney Chairman, CEO Steven R. Don President, CEO Rick Heller CEO John R. Ettelson President, CEO James V. Blair President Richard W. Edelman President, CEO Vincent Buonanno Chairman, CEO Richard S. Price Chairman, CEO Stanley R. Day Jr. CEO Timothy J. Jahnke President, CEO Jeff Karp President, CEO Charles Allen CEO Rose L. Shure Chairman 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $895.0* 11.9% $875.0 11.3% $873.0 9.0% $792.1 19.5% $790.9* 15.0% $763.3 4.1% $761.7 4.8% $760.0 2,203.0% $727.0 3.0% $720.0 20.0% $700.0 1.4% $700.0 16.7% $695.0 -0.3% $684.8 4.4% $650.0 8.3% $643.3 40.7% $630.8 -7.2% $620.0 NM $605.0 34.4% $605.0 -5.3% $600.0 20.0% $594.0 -1.0% $585.0 -5.6% $580.0 3.6% $552.0 -0.2% $551.0 6.0% $548.0 21.2% $548.0 -6.1% $542.1 18.4% $529.0 23.0% $526.0 12.6% $524.0 31.1% $515.0 7.3% $514.0 -25.7% $481.3 -5.2% $448.0 8.0% Full-time local employees; worldwide 838 2,940 330 2,700 150 4,000 477 910 472 889 289 1,800 273 4,632 1,400 5,295 541 3,600 181 202 600 900 550 2,750 275 4,000 175 366 680 1,020 194 2,750 339 623 NA 1,250 136 483 556 1,218 1,811 2,380 375 490 177 46,930 995 3,320 496 977 190 1,700 894 1,001 225 260 580 3,700 790 1,660 982 1,160 118 2,500 349 3,407 225 225 562 2,273 820 2,050 Type of business Benefits administration, voluntary and group benefits, health care management programs Management consulting Packaging Investment services Information-technology and business consulting Logistics, transportation, customs brokerage Insurance brokerage Daily-deal website Consumer, shopper and retail market information, analytics and technology for manufacturers and retailers Chemical manufacturer and consumer products marketer Distributor of hotel supplies and services Manufacturer of engineered components for the automotive and utility industries Residential and commercial water filtration systems Wholesale distributor of printing paper, packaging materials and supplies Provider of branded consumer products Manufacturer of automotive parts, power equipment, fencing, lawn and garden products Book distributor Meat processor and distributor Supplier of plastic, glass and metal packaging components Manufactures shredders, binding and laminating equipment; records storage Manufactures switching and protective products for electricity transmission and distribution General contractor, construction management Accounting, assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services Manufacturer of cable and electrical products for wiring and communications applications Distributor of food-service equipment and supplies Builder of motor coaches for tour, charter, line-haul and transit express route uses Investment banking, asset management, institutional and private brokerage General contractor, construction management Public relations Manufacturer of magnetic steel laminations Investment management, global markets, insurance services and consulting Bicycle components manufacturer Manufacturer of stainless-steel sinks, water coolers, wooden kitchen cabinets and faucets General contractor, construction management Assurance, tax, risk and consulting services Maker of microphones and audio electronics

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Edward Don & Co. stays hot via a diverse menu


Everything but the food is Edward Don & Co.s slogan, and it was the everything that carried the company through the recession. Their eggs arent all in one basket, says Joe Carbonara, editor-in-chief of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, a trade publication based in Elmhurst. Heavy-equipment items like stoves and ovens account for less than a quarter of total sales. Don also supplies everything from pots and pans to table linens to sanitation products. That diversity helped the North Riverside-based company avoid taking a big hit in 2010, when revenue was $552 million, down just 0.2% from $553 million the year before. President and CEO Steve Don, a third-generation leader, says, We have a broad base of customers who are able to prosper, and were not totally reliant on any segment or any customer. The food-service equipment and supply industry was one of the hardest hit by the recession, as diners stayed home and credit dried up. Dons kitchen design and construction divisionthe companys pre-recession rising starwas especially hurt, but its beginning to pick up new clients. We are starting to see some improvement; theres more optimism among the restaurant-goers, Mr. Don says, adding that the company has positioned itself for a further boost with recent computer upgrades. Don remained almost $40 million ahead of its nearest competitor in terms of annual sales, Mr. Carbonara says. The industry as a whole saw a 2.6% growth rate from 2009 to 2010. We definitely took marketshare, Mr. Don says. Sarah Collins

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TRUSTMARK COS. Lake Forest A. T. KEARNEY INC. Chicago PREGIS CORP. Deerfield

NUVEEN INVESTMENTS INC. Chicago FORSYTHE TECHNOLOGY INC. Skokie PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT SERVICES LTD.6; Wood Dale HUB INTERNATIONAL LTD. Chicago
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GROUPON INC. Chicago

SYMPHONYIRI GROUP INC. Chicago OLD WORLD INDUSTRIES LLC Northbrook AMERICAN HOTEL REGISTER CO. Vernon Hills MACLEAN-FOGG CO. Mundelein CULLIGAN INTERNATIONAL CO. Rosemont MIDLAND PAPER CO. Wheeling WILTON BRANDS INC. Woodridge MAT HOLDINGS INC. Long Grove CHAS. LEVY CO. LLC1 Oak Brook
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QUANTUM FOODS LLC Bolingbrook

BERLIN PACKAGING LLC Chicago FELLOWES INC.2 Itasca S&C ELECTRIC CO. Chicago KENNY CONSTRUCTION CO. Northbrook BDO USA LLP6 Chicago PANDUIT CORP. Tinley Park EDWARD DON & CO. North Riverside MOTOR COACH INDUSTRIES Schaumburg WILLIAM BLAIR & CO. Chicago F. H. PASCHEN, S. N. NIELSEN & ASSOCIATES LLC; Chicago DANIEL J. EDELMAN INC.6 Chicago TEMPEL STEEL CO. Chicago MESIROW FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC.2; Chicago SRAM LLC Chicago ELKAY MANUFACTURING CO. Oak Brook POWER CONSTRUCTION CO. LLC Schaumburg CROWE HORWATH LLP2 Oakbrook Terrace SHURE INC.7 Niles

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(847) 615-1500 www.trustmarkcompanies.com (312) 648-0111 www.atkearney.com (847) 597-2240 www.pregis.com (800) 257-8787 www.nuveen.com (847) 213-7000 www.forsythe.com (630) 766-4445 www.phoenixintl.com (877) 402-6601 www.hubinternational.com (312) 673-1530 www.groupon.com (312) 726-1221 www.infores.com (847) 559-2000 www.oldworldind.com (847) 743-2000 www.americanhotel.com (847) 566-0010 www.maclean-fogg.com (847) 430-2800 www.culligan.com (847) 777-2700 www.midlandpaper.com (630) 963-7100 www.wilton.com (847) 821-9630 www.mat-holdings.com (708) 356-3600 www.levybooks.com (630) 679-2300 www.quantumfoods.com (312) 869-7517 www.berlinpackaging.com (630) 893-1600 www.fellowes.com (773) 338-1000 www.sandc.com (847) 919- 8200 www.kennyconstruction.com (312) 856-9100 www.bdo.com (708) 532-1800 www.panduit.com (708) 442-9400 www.don.com (847) 285-2000 www.mcicoach.com (312) 236-1600 www.williamblair.com (773) 444-3474 www.fhpaschen.com (312) 240-2600 www.edelman.com (773) 250-8000 www.tempel.com (312) 595-6000 www.mesirowfinancial.com (312) 664-8800 www.sram.com (630) 574-8484 www.elkay.com (847) 925-1300 www.powerconstruction.net (630) 574-7878 www.crowehorwath.com (847) 600-2000 www.shure.com

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5 Havi Group L.P.: $8.0 billion 44 Groupon Inc.: $760.0 million 54 Quantam Foods LLC.: $620.0 million 119 Aldridge Electric Inc.: $250.0 million 128 Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP: $238.0 million 168 Halo Branded Solutions Inc.: $159.9 million 169 Celtic International Inc.: $159.4 million 186 Lincoln Provision Inc.: $130.0 million 202 Cermak Produce Inc.: $120.0 million 230 Brightstar Group Holdings Inc.: $99.1 million 233 Transportation Solutions Group LLC: $97.0 million 250 Otto Engineering Inc.: $89.1 million 253 Gary Lang Auto Group: $88.0 million 256 MNJ Technologies Direct Inc.: $86.3 million 262 B2B Computer Products LLC: $83.5 million 267 Kenwood Liquors Group: $80.0 million 273 Navman Wireless Holdings: $75.0 million

CRAINS LIST CHICAGOS LARGEST PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES


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Company/headquarters Phone/website (847) 433-1150 www.mazzetta.com (630) 845-9400 www.peacockeng.com (773) 755-1611 www.weoneil.com (847) 581-3888 www.tectaamerica.com (847) 832-4000 www.nacorporation.com (773) 342-6300 www.mcgrathlexus.com (708) 352-6000 www.continentalmotors.com (708) 366-0500 www.ferrarapan.com (630) 250-7400 www.emkay.com (847) 964-2700 www.onlinemeridian.com (312) 642-8869 www.magellandevelopment.com (847) 966-2550 www.schwarz.com (630) 920-1515 www.ty.com (773) 878-7340 www.leye.com (312) 915-0700 www.seatoncorp.com Top executive Thomas J. Mazzetta CEO Michael A. Bilder President, CEO Rich Erickson President, CEO Mark Santacrose President, CEO John A. Miller President, CEO Michael J. McGrath President, CEO John F. Weinberger CEO Salvatore Ferrara II President, CEO Greg Tepas President, CEO Ian J. Pye Chairman, CEO 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $442.0 11.6% $428.0 18.9% $420.0 -12.5% $410.0 -5.4% $397.0 13.4% $381.3 9.1% $379.7 9.2% $375.0* 16.5% $365.0 4.3% $362.3 16.2% Full-time local employees; worldwide Type of business 23 29 2,000 2,000 190 390 128 2,819 375 390 500 500 518 518 610 1,000 119 125 150 516 85 85 185 325 245 595 3,230 5,700 1,200 14,500 Importer of frozen seafood Packager of consumer food products General contractor, construction management Commercial roofing company Supplier of industrial paper and packaging, specialty printing and fulfillment Auto dealerships Auto dealerships Candymaker Vehicle leasing and fleet management International information-technology solution provider and lessor Real estate development, management and related services Printer, producer and distributor of packaging and promotional materials Manufacturer of toys and collectibles Restaurant owner Provides on-site staffing and contracted workforces

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MAZZETTA CO. LLC Highland Park PEACOCK ENGINEERING CO. Geneva O'NEIL INDUSTRIES INC. Chicago TECTA AMERICA CORP. Skokie NORTH AMERICAN CORP. Glenview MCGRATH LEXUS/ACURA/ HONDA/HYUNDAI; Chicago CONTINENTAL MOTORS GROUP Countryside FERRARA PAN CANDY CO. Forest Park EMKAY INC.8 Itasca MERIDIAN GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC.; Deerfield MAGELLAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP LLC; Chicago SCHWARZ PAPER CO. Morton Grove TY INC. Westmont LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU ENTERPRISES INC.; Chicago SEATON CORP. Chicago

Joel M. Carlins, James R. $361.7 Loewenberg, co-chairmen, co-CEOs 15.6% Andrew J. McKenna Sr. Chairman H. Ty Warner Chairman, CEO Kevin J. Brown President, CEO Patrick Beharelle CEO $360.0 -6.9% $356.0 -1.1% $355.0 6.0% $354.0 39.2%

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HR outsourcing trend benefits Seaton Corp.


When many companies scaled back hiring in 2008, their human resources departments were the first place they cut. Some of those companies are cautiously hiring again, but their HR departments remain a shadow of what they once were. This cycle has played to the advantage of Seaton Corp. of Chicago, which works with corporate clients to place temporary workers and recruit permanent ones. Much of Seatons 40% growth last year can be credited to companies agreeing to outsource more of their HR duties. Temporary placements were down nearly 25% in 2009 for the staffing industry but are now bouncing back. Turnover rates are picking up again, says Patrick Beharelle, Seatons CEO. Folks who were hesitant to leave jobs in 2008 and 2009 are now leaving. So there has been an uptick in attrition. As people switch jobs, more hiring is going on. Thats benefitted us. Seaton got through the recession better than many rivals in large part because it keeps overhead-heavy branch offices to a minimum. Instead, the company typically embeds account representatives in client companies offices. That leaves Seaton more nimble in moving its employees around, although it also limits its client roster to big companies hiring and recruiting on a regular basis. Most of our clients are Fortune 1000 companies, Mr. Beharelle confirms. Sam Sacco, a staffing industry consultant based in Wilmington, N.C., says that many of Seatons rivals who were saddled with heavy overhead didnt make it through the recession. They couldnt cut their costs fast enough, he says. The Seaton vendor-onpremises model has certain disadvantages. Its usually a lower-margin way of doing business, Mr. Sacco says. On the other hand, if you become the companys staffing gatekeeper, it also means you can count on higher volume. If youre good enough, you can virtually replace a companys HR department. Mr. Sacco adds that the staffing industry hasnt seen a significant initial public offering of stock in a long while. I think Seaton could make a good candidate for going public, he says. Seaton is partly backed by New York private-equity firm Leeds Equity Partners. Mr. Beharelle declines to comment on the possibility of an IPO. H. Lee Murphy

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Company/headquarters Phone/website (847) 357-9500 www.fortdearborn.com (847) 381-8900 www.motorwerks.com (630) 684-7110 www.graycor.com (800) 637-4842 www.altergroup.com (773) 286-3883 www.thealdennetwork.com (312) 243-2122 www.flyingfood.com (877) 626-9683 www.coyotelogistics.com (312) 377-5300 www.advancedequities.com (312) 803-8800 www.viliving.com (708) 589-2400 www.miniat.com (630) 293-9600 www.aspenms.com (708) 798-0900 www.buddig.com (847) 487-3300 www.fidelitone.com (312) 595-4000 www.compsych.com (847) 967-8830 www.abt.com (847) 492-3600 www.zsassociates.com (312) 855-1600 www.fifieldco.com (800) 669-4248 www.aitworldwide.com (847) 295-6600 www.chicagobears.com (312) 633-1000 www.oprah.com (847) 564-4600 www.shellvacationsclub.com (630) 919-4800 www.sekologistics.com (630) 231-7590 www.jelsert.com (847) 282-3485 www.adcoglobal.com (312) 491-7300 www.plsfinancial.com (773) 404-2827 www.cubs.com (847) 604-8900 www.twg.com (847) 390-6800 www.dsclogistics.com (630) 887-8300 www.safewayins.com (630) 761-9490 www.parksite.com (847) 495-6800 www.doall.com (773) 523-4500 www.acmescrap.com (847) 680-5200 www.aldridge-electric.com (773) 695-3999 www.nesrentals.com (847) 325-7500 www.orvalkent.com (312) 951-0600 www.potbelly.com Top executive Michael Anderson President, CEO Jim Hub President, general manager Melvin Gray Chairman, CEO Michael J. Alter President Floyd A. Schlossberg President, CEO Sue Ling Gin Chairman, president, CEO Jeffrey Silver CEO Dwight O. Badger CEO 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $351.0 -1.1% $350.0 11.1% $344.1 -12.8% $334.8 -0.1% $333.1 5.4% $333.0 11.0% $332.0 37.2% $330.0 10.0% $321.0 -0.1% $320.0 16.4% $312.0 -1.3% $312.0 NC $310.3 -3.0% $305.0 6.6% $300.0 NC $300.0 9.1% $297.5 8.2% $295.0 27.7% $295.0 1.7% $289.0 -8.3% $281.7 -18.8% $276.0 30.8% $275.0 3.8% $272.0 8.4% $268.2 9.6% $263.0 6.0% $262.0 4.8% $260.0 15.6% $258.5 -3.7% $255.9 10.1% $252.0 12.0% $250.0 -18.0% $250.0 11.1% $250.0 -16.9% $250.0 NC $250.0 1.6% Full-time local employees; worldwide Type of business 360 1,300 400 400 250 1,200 140 159 4,639 4,639 540 3,300 338 504 80 80 300 4,000 505 510 405 735 600 750 365 508 443 475 1,100 1,100 350 1,565 12 15 260 710 130 130 355 375 135 1,385 136 2,300 750 750 230 680 900 3,130 130 450 117 284 350 2,050 97 432 57 291 247 817 371 371 240 500 79 1,100 75 800 1,000 3,200 Labels for food, beverage, spirits, personal-care and household products Auto dealerships Construction services Commercial real estate development Senior health care provider Airline catering, freshly prepared meals, specialty food items for retail stores Third-party logistics provider Securities brokerage and private equity firm specializing in technology companies Developer, owner and manager of senior living communities Manufacturer of processed meats and cooking oils Marketing agency integrating digital, analytics and direct marketing Maker of processed lunch and snack meats Third-party logistics and supply-chain management Employee assistance, behavioral health, wellness and work-life programs Retailer of consumer electronics and appliances Consultant specializing in sales and marketing Real estate development Transportation and logistics service provider Professional football team Television and film production, publishing and new media Time shares, real estate Supply-chain management, third-party logistics, transportation technology, outsourced transportation management Manufacturer of powdered soft-drink mixes, juice drinks and ice pops Manufacturer of sealants, tapes and coatings Retail financial services including checkcashing, microlending and bill payments Professional baseball team Wine production, marketing and sales Third-party logistics and supply chain management Property and casualty insurance Sales, marketing and distribution of building products Industrial supplies distributor, machine tool manufacturer Scrap metal processor and recycler Supplier of electric transmission lines Aerial equipment rental for construction and industrial users Fresh-prepared food manufacturer Chain of sandwich shops

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AIT takes on heavy-duty delivery route


AIT Worldwide Logistics Inc. is stealing a page from United Parcel Service and Federal Express in expanding beyond industrial freight. A decade ago, Chicagobased AIT rarely ventured into the high-volume business of home delivery, which UPS and FedEx dominate. But recently the company struck deals to deliver 100-pound TVs and 200-pound treadmillstypically too heavy for FedExto homes. The company now works with some of the nations biggest retailers, including Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. Were glad to let UPS and FedEx have all the little 5- and 10-pound packages from Amazon, says Dan Lisowski, an AIT co-chairman who founded the company in 1979 with an investment of $30,000. Well take the bigger-package niche. This was a business nobody heard much about 20 years ago. But its become more important today as people order a wider array of items from Internet sites for home delivery. The home-delivery volume has kept AIT growing through a freight slump that has devastated many rivals. Revenue for most logistics specialists was off 25% at the low point in 2009. AITs business was affected, too, although the company held layoffs to a minimum, with the workforce down just 4% a year ago to 680 employees. Now its above 710. Volume is rising, but the industry remains intensely competitive, with some 600 freightforwarders located in and around Chicago alone. Thats made higher fuel prices, normally passed on to clients in the form of surcharges, a sticky matter of negotiation in some cases. You try to pass on your higher costs, but that can be a rocky road, says James Wenzel, owner and president of Union Cartage Co. in Bedford Park. Some customers will go along with higher charges, others will ask you to take the new costs out of your own margins. You have competitors who are willing to work for nothing, it seems. Therefore pricing is as difficult as ever. H. Lee Murphy

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FORT DEARBORN CO. Elk Grove Village MOTOR WERKS PARTNERS L.P. Barrington GRAYCOR INC.1 Oakbrook Terrace ALTER GROUP LTD. Skokie ALDEN MANAGEMENT SERVICES INC.; Chicago FLYING FOOD GROUP LLC Chicago COYOTE LOGISTICS LLC Lake Forest ADVANCED EQUITIES FINANCIAL CORP.; Chicago VI9 Chicago ED MINIAT GROUP INC. South Holland ASPEN MARKETING SERVICES INC. West Chicago CARL BUDDIG & CO.10 Homewood FIDELITONE INC. Wauconda COMPSYCH COS. Chicago ABT ELECTRONICS INC. Glenview ZS ASSOCIATES INC. Evanston FIFIELD COS. Chicago AIT WORLDWIDE LOGISTICS INC.6 Itasca CHICAGO BEARS FOOTBALL CLUB INC.; Lake Forest HARPO INC. Chicago SHELL VACATIONS LLC Northbrook SEKO WORLDWIDE LLC Itasca JEL SERT CO.10 West Chicago ADCO GLOBAL INC. Lincolnshire PLS FINANCIAL SERVICES INC. Chicago CHICAGO CUBS Chicago TERLATO WINE GROUP LTD.2 Lake Bluff DSC LOGISTICS INC. Des Plaines SAFEWAY INSURANCE CO. Westmont PARKSITE INC. Batavia DOALL CO. Wheeling ACME REFINING SCRAP METAL CO.11 Chicago
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Penny S. Pritzker Chairman David J. Miniat President, CEO Patrick J. ORahilly President, CEO Robert J. Buddig CEO Craig Hudson CEO Richard A. Chaifetz Chairman, CEO Robert J. Abt CEO Jaideep Bajaj Managing director, CEO Steven D. Fifield Chairman, president Dan F. Lisowski, Steve L. Leturno, co-chairmen Theodore P. Phillips President, CEO Oprah G. Winfrey Chairman Sheldon H. Ginsburg Chairman, managing director William J. Wascher President, CEO Charles Wegner, Kenneth Wegner, co-chairmen, co-CEOs John R. Knox President, CEO Dan Wolfberg, Bob Wolfberg, co-presidents Thomas Ricketts Chairman Anthony J. Terlato Chairman
Ann M. Drake CEO

William J. Parrillo Chairman George Pattee Chairman, CEO Michael L. Wilkie Chairman, president, CEO Larry Baron CEO Kenneth Aldridge CEO Andrew P. Studdert Chairman, president, CEO Mark L. Brown President Aylwin B. Lewis President, CEO

ALDRIDGE ELECTRIC INC. Libertyville

NES RENTALS HOLDINGS INC. Deerfield ORVAL KENT FOOD CO. Wheeling POTBELLY SANDWICH WORKS LLC Chicago

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Company/headquarters Phone/website (312) 321-3000 www.suntimesmediaholdings.com (708) 780-6800 www.unitedscrap.com (847) 290-8485 www.bradner.com (847) 699-0600 www.gtlic.com (312) 729-8000 www.bakertilly.com (847) 783-3000 www.leopardo.com (630) 382-4900 www.tuthill.com (847) 581-3100 www.binnys.com (773) 437-2400 www.ugnauto.com (708) 364-2200 www.rizzacars.com Top executive 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $247.0 -2.4% $246.0 9.9% $244.0 5.6% $241.5 -12.7% $238.0 15.0% $235.7 -4.4% $235.5 -22.5% $233.4 22.0% $230.0 42.9% $229.0 9.0% $224.8 20.1% $223.0 11.5% $220.0 10.0% $220.0 11.7% Full-time local employees; worldwide 1,760 1,760 165 165 71 134 260 260 153 1,261 263 265 156 1,087 450 450 380 1,100 330 330 91 172 150 150 2,500 3,100 100 500 Type of business Publisher of newspapers and websites Metal buyer and recycler Paper distribution Life and health insurance Accounting and advisory Commercial construction, general contractor, construction manager, designbuilder and development services Manufacturer of industrial equipment Operates 25 Binny's Beverage Depots Designs and manufactures acoustic, interior trim and thermal-management products for the auto industry Holding company for auto dealerships; real estate, finance and insurance Retail electric supplier Refiner of precious-metal scraps Operator of 25 XSport health clubs in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Chain of 48 Indian groceries, importer of Indian foods

COMPANIES THAT LEFT THE LIST


ACQUIRED:
Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. Acquired by Albertville, Ala.-based Progress Rail Services 2009 revenue: $1.4 billion Great Kitchens Inc. Acquired by Zurich, Switzerland-based Aryzta A.G. 2009 revenue: $260.0 million Whitney Automotive Group Acquired by Carson, Calif.-based U.S. Auto Parts Network Inc. 2009 revenue: $200.0 million Starcon International Inc. Acquired by Pittsfield, Maine-based Cianbro Corp. 2009 revenue: $156.0 million Genovique Specialties Corp. Acquired by Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical Co. 2009 revenue: $135.0 million Teng Affiliated Cos. Acquired by Ontario, Canada-based Trow Global Holdings Inc. 2009 revenue: $132.4 million Initiate Systems Inc. Acquired by Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corp. 2009 revenue: $84.0 million

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SUN-TIMES MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC Chicago UNITED SCRAP METAL INC. Cicero BRADNER CENTRAL CO.10 Elk Grove Village GUARANTEE TRUST LIFE INSURANCE CO.; Glenview
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Jeremy L. Halbreich Chairman, CEO Marsha Serlin CEO Richard S. Bull III Chairman, CEO
Richard S. Holson III Chairman, president, CEO Timothy L. Christen Chairman, CEO James A. Leopardo CEO James G. Tuthill Jr. Chairman, CEO Michael Binstein CEO Peter C. Anthony CEO Joe Rizza CEO Guy H. Morgan CEO Marion Cameron President Steven Rayman Chairman, CEO Rakesh Patel President

BAKER TILLY VIRCHOW KRAUSE LLP7; Chicago

LEOPARDO COS.1 Hoffman Estates TUTHILL CORP. Burr Ridge GOLD STANDARD ENTERPRISES INC.3; Skokie UGN INC. Tinley Park JOE RIZZA ENTERPRISES INC. Orland Park

BLUESTAR ENERGY HOLDINGS INC.12 (312) 327-0090 www.bluestarenergy.com Chicago SIPI METALS CORP. Chicago CAPITAL FITNESS INC. Big Rock RAJA FOODS LLC Skokie (773) 276-0070 www.sipimetals.com (630) 556-3731 www.xsportfitness.com (847) 675-4455 www.rajafoods.com

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Accretive Health Inc. 2009 revenue: $520.2 million

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Company/headquarters Phone/website (630) 954-3773 www.portillos.com (847) 934-5700 www.weber.com (312) 674-1000 www.whitesox.com (847) 605-4000 www.patrickcars.com (773) 235-2433 www.bulley.com (630) 241-3000 www.auto-plaza.com (847) 742-1516 www.ihcconstruction.com (312) 726-6103 www.clunegc.com (847) 620-5000 www.convergint.com (708) 449-2800 www.vmarkusa.com (708) 788-9220 www.turano.com (847) 678-3450 www.atlaslift.com (630) 928-0510 www.tandemhr.com (847) 451-5000 www.hillgrp.com (708) 345-8180 www.kreher.com (847) 228-0400 www.steinerelectric.com (312) 873-5000 www.nutrasweet.com (847) 299-9040 www.fhginc.com (847) 696-1111 www.marketinginnovators.com (847) 806-1440 www.littleladyfoods.com (773) 290-0505 www.guaranteedrate.com (847) 581-0303 www.gasdepot.com (847) 517-9100 www.hostmark.com (847) 640-2400 www.rtcind.com (847) 381-5700 www.rosepacking.com (773) 927-6600 www.columbiapipe.com (630) 261-1600 www.theroomplace.com (847) 808-5590 www.ipa-c.com (847) 742-9000 www.biggerschevy.com (312) 733-2020 www.gonnella.com (312) 268-5655 www.halo.com (708) 532-9200 www.celticintl.com (815) 464-9994 www.brfoods.com (847) 590-7100 www.rauland.com (847) 695-9300 www.plote.com Top executive Richard J. Portillo President, CEO James Stephen President, CEO Jerry M. Reinsdorf Chairman Hanley Dawson III CEO Allan E. Bulley Jr. Chairman, CEO Horst Korallus President David J. Rock President Michael T. Clune Chairman, CEO Daniel J. Moceri Chairman, CEO Arun K. Veluchamy Chairman, CEO Umberto A. Turano President Allen Rawson President Bruce Leon President, CEO Robert L. Krier President Joseph Druzak President, CEO Harold Kerman CEO Craig Petray CEO Stephen L. Schwartz Chairman, CEO Lois M. LeMenager Chairman, CEO John Geocaris Chairman, CEO Victor F. Ciardelli III President, CEO George Nediyakalayil President 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $219.4 6.2% $219.0 1.3% $215.0 6.4% $211.3 4.9% $210.0 2.4% $207.0 8.9% $206.8 -26.6% $206.0 -14.2% $202.7 23.0% $200.0 -13.0% $195.5 5.8% $195.0 9.6% $192.3 29.8% $189.0 -20.9% $188.0 72.5% $181.5 4.3% $180.0 9.8% $179.8 21.0% $177.4 -1.0% $177.0 -20.6% $175.5 49.6% $170.3 21.9% Full-time local employees; worldwide 3,462 3,662 NA 1,155 140 400 377 377 275 275 360 360 151 151 109 123 85 848 1,100 2,500 584 760 345 345 3,200 4,400 830 850 46 165 401 457 10 250 2,105 3,134 58 62 388 388 734 1,168 12 13 584 2,300 335 900 550 600 160 347 574 650 1,330 1,395 110 110 390 470 250 475 56 85 10 252 323 580 475 475 Type of business Operator of Portillo's Hot Dogs, Barnelli's Pasta Bowl, Key Wester Fish & Pasta House, Luigi's House Manufacturer of barbecue grills; restaurant operator Professional baseball team Auto dealership General contractor, construction manager, concrete and masonry restoration Auto dealership General contracting, construction management, design-build, underground utility construction General contractor Integrator of security, fire alarm, life-safety and building automation systems Direct marketing, real estate, data entry, credit card embossing and coding Baked goods Distributor of material-handling equipment Human resources Heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing and piping, fire protection, commissioning, test and balancing, building operations Warehousing, distribution and value-added processing of carbon and alloy steel products Electrical and industrial supplies, automation products, motor repair, generator sales Food ingredient manufacturer Hotel management, acquisitions, development Incentive, recognition, loyalty, enterprise engagement and travel programs Frozen-food processor Mortgage lending and financial services Wholesale distributor of petroleum products to retail, commercial and municipal entities Hotel and restaurant management Manufacturer and supplier of retail merchandising materials and services Pork processing Distributor of industrial pipe, valves, fittings and plumbing equipment and supplies Furniture retailer Management consulting Auto dealership Manufacturer and distributor of fresh and frozen bakery products Distributor of promotional products Freight transportation, intermodal marketing and freight brokerage Manufacturer of liquid products, including signature sauces and condiments Manufacturer and designer of integrated communication technology and services Road paver and builder

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PORTILLO'S RESTAURANT GROUP INC.3; Oak Brook WEBER-STEPHEN PRODUCTS CO. Palatine CHICAGO WHITE SOX10 Chicago PATRICK DEALER GROUP Schaumburg BULLEY & ANDREWS LLC Chicago VOLVO SALES & SERVICE CENTER INC.; Lisle IHC CONSTRUCTION COS. LLC Elgin CLUNE CONSTRUCTION CO. Chicago CONVERGINT TECHNOLOGIES LLC Schaumburg VMARK INC.13 Downers Grove CAMPAGNA-TURANO BAKERY INC. Berwyn ATLAS LIFT TRUCK RENTALS & SALES INC.2; Schiller Park TANDEM HR INC. Oak Brook HILL GROUP14 Franklin Park KREHER STEEL CO. LLC Melrose Park STEINER ELECTRIC CO. Elk Grove Village NUTRASWEET CO. Chicago FIRST HOSPITALITY GROUP Rosemont MARKETING INNOVATORS INTERNATIONAL INC.5; Rosemont LITTLE LADY FOODS INC. Elk Grove Village GUARANTEED RATE INC. Chicago GAS DEPOT INC.6 Morton Grove HOSTMARK HOSPITALITY GROUP Schaumburg RTC INDUSTRIES INC. Rolling Meadows ROSE PACKING CO.10 Barrington COLUMBIA PIPE & SUPPLY CO. Chicago HARLEM FURNITURE LLC1 Lombard INTERNATIONAL PROFIT ASSOCIATES; Buffalo Grove BIGGERS CHEVROLET/ISUZU INC. Elgin GONNELLA BAKING CO. Chicago
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Rising oil prices a worry for Gas Depot


Gas Depot Inc. enjoyed a strong year in 2010, with revenue up more than 20%. But with oil prices soaring in the face of Middle East unrest, the gasoline reseller will be hardpressed to duplicate that gain this year. Whether gasoline is priced at $4 or $2, the retailer gets the same cut: 15 cents to 20 cents a gallon. The refiner gets 15 cents to 25 cents. But wholesalers like Gas Depot are lucky to get 2 centsa gross that doesnt change with the price of gas. From its base in Morton Grove, Gas Depot has been wholesaling since 2000 and has dipped into the retail arena with ownership of 18 stations. The company is a survivor: Most of the major oil brands, such as Shell, BP and Mobil, got out of distributing gas to stations several years ago. And independent distributors have been dying off, too, with about 500 left in Illinois, down from 1,200 two decades ago, according to William Fleischli, executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Assn. in Springfield. Many of the distributors simply havent made enough money to stay in business, he says. By volume, gasoline sales in Illinois were down 1% in 2009 and 3% in 2008, the most recent years for which statistics are available. Gas Depot has kept growing, in part, by taking on accounts left by fallen rivals. Yet Nicholas Tanglis, Gas Depots chief financial officer, fears that sales will fall further this year. If gasoline stays at these high prices, people are likely to cut back on their driving. That will depress our sales, he says. There is another hang-up: To serve its 160 retail customers, Gas Depot takes title to the gasoline it acquires from refiners and must get bonds and letters of credit to secure those inventories. As gasoline rises in value, that credit becomes more expensive. For us, the ideal would be to see gas go back to $2 a gallon, Mr. Tanglis says. H. Lee Murphy

Constantine A. Bud Cataldo $170.0 Chairman, CEO -32.3% Richard Nathan CEO Dwight Stiehl President William D. Arenberg Chairman, CEO Stephen Giordano CEO John R. Burgess Managing director Jim Leichter President, CEO Nick Marcucci President, CEO Marc Simon CEO Richard P. Hyland President, CEO Eric G. Johnson President, CEO Norman K. Kidder President, CEO Daniel Plote President, CEO $170.0 NC $168.0 6.0% $166.1 5.5% $166.0 -9.3% $164.0 1.9% $162.0 7.0% $160.0 4.6% $159.9 14.8% $159.4 42.7% $156.0 2.0% $156.0 14.7% $155.0 -38.0%

HALO BRANDED SOLUTIONS INC.; Chicago CELTIC INTERNATIONAL INC. Tinley Park

BALDWIN RICHARDSON FOODS CO. Frankfort RAULAND-BORG CORP.1 Mount Prospect PLOTE CONSTRUCTION CO. Hoffman Estates

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Company/headquarters Phone/website (312) 373-1000 www.thoughtworks.com (312) 455-4000 www.bulls.com (312) 616-9600 www.c-k.com (847) 821-5500 www.kleintools.com (630) 455-3700 www.turtlewax.com (708) 534-5575 www.appliedsystems.com (847) 581-8600 www.hammacher.com (888) 722-4633 www.rabinegroup.com (773) 374-1000 www.berglundco.com (312) 554-7400 www.hallstar.com (847) 677-1600 www.cecco.com (847) 364-8500 www.webermarking.com (847) 299-9550 www.cumminsallison.com (877) 286-2809 www.advantagechev.com (847) 741-1010 www.buteramarket.com Top executive Neville Roy Singham Chairman Jerry M. Reinsdorf Chairman Peter G. Krivkovich President, CEO Thomas R. Klein President Denis John Healy Jr. CEO James P. Kellner Chairman, CEO Richard W. Tinberg CEO Mike Johnson President Fred Berglund President John J. Paro Chairman, president, CEO David A. Witz President Glenn C. Gilly President, CEO William Jones Chairman, CEO Desmond Roberts President Paul Butera CEO 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $152.0 -3.2% $150.0 11.1% $149.6 2.1% $148.0 -3.3% $147.0 9.3% $146.0 8.1% $145.0 7.4% $142.4 12.9% $140.0 -11.9% $140.0 21.7% $138.0 -4.2% $138.0 2.2% $135.0 3.8% $130.0 8.3% $130.0 NC Full-time local employees; worldwide 365 1,355 90 90 276 548 NA 920 111 247 620 804 55 170 265 265 350 350 80 120 480 480 275 540 400 850 165 165 650 650 Type of business IT software and consulting

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173 174 CHICAGO BULLS Chicago 175 CRAMER-KRASSELT Chicago 176 KLEIN TOOLS INC. Lincolnshire 177 TURTLE WAX INC. Willowbrook SYSTEMS 178 APPLIED Park INC. University 179 HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER & CO. Niles 180 RABINE GROUP Schaumburg 181 BERGLUND CONSTRUCTION CO. Chicago 181 HALLSTAR CO. Chicago 183 CONTINENTAL ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION CO.; Skokie 183 WEBER MARKING SYSTEMS INC. Arlington Heights 185 CUMMINS-ALLISON CORP. Mount Prospect 186 ADVANTAGE AUTO GROUP Hodgkins 186 BUTERA FINER FOODS INC. Elgin
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Providers of pavement and roofing engineering, construction and maintenance Construction manager, general contractor and faade restoration specialist Supplier of polymer additives and personal-care ingredients Electrical and network technology contracting Labeling and coding solutions Manufacturer of coin and currency sorters, counters, scanners and dispensers Auto dealerships Retail grocery chain

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1. Cook: U.S. Foodservice Inc., Rosemont, $18,862.1 2. DuPage: Havi Group L.P., Downers Grove, $8,000.0 3. Kane: OSI Group LLC, Aurora, $5,150.0 4. Lake: CDW LLC, Vernon Hills, $8,801.0 5. McHenry: Curran Contracting Co., Crystal Lake, $96.0 6. Will: Central Grocers Inc., Joliet, $1,787.0

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Company/headquarters Phone/website (773) 254-2400 www.chigourmetsteaks.com (312) 930-9400 www.qst.com (630) 250-9090 www.henricksen.com (312) 781-0265 www.skender.com (773) 927-6622 www.toastem.com (708) 418-0900 www.tecmungo.com (773) 847-4600 www.worldsfinestchocolate.com (312) 453-1700 www.theparkingspot.com (312) 850-9283 www.h2oplus.com (847) 385-1600 www.batterychargers.com (847) 945-5591 www.thejordancompany.com (847) 564-4090 www.stevefoley.com (708) 594-6400 www.rizzacars.com (224) 353-5353 www.kronosproducts.com Top executive James J. Stevens President Thomas Allen Danch President, CEO Stephen E. McPartlin President Joseph Skender President Kevin M. Boyle President, CEO R. F. Skip Mungo President, CEO Edmond F. Opler Chairman, CEO Martin H. Nesbitt President, CEO Robert Seidl President, CEO Donald A. Schumacher Chairman, CEO John W. Jay Jordan Chairman, CEO Stephen X. Foley Sr. Chairman, president, CEO Anthony V. Rizza President Michael B. Austin CEO 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $130.0 18.2% $130.0 4.0% $129.8 12.8% $129.5 37.8% $128.0 6.7% $128.0 -5.2% $127.0 4.1% $126.6 59.3% $125.0 -17.8% $124.0 4.2% $123.9 24.8% $123.4 2.0% $122.0 8.9% $121.6 1.3% Full-time local employees; worldwide Type of business 120 130 26 750 139 190 65 65 400 400 165 165 430 430 29 1,850 83 124 70 940 10 1,085 45 60 150 150 200 505 Meat processing and portion steak cutting, mail order Manufacturer and distributor of pocketing and trim components for the apparel industry Contract office furniture dealer General contractor Contract manufacturer and marketer of pastries and snacks Wholesale distributor of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products Candy manufacturer Parking lot ownership and management Skin-care, spa, bath and body products Manufacturer of battery chargers, transformers and welders Diversified manufacturer Auto dealerships Auto sales, banking, real estate, insurance Manufacturer and distributor of specialty Mediterranean foods

HallStar sniffs out more deal targets


There was substantial growth at HallStar Co. last year, with sales up more than 20%, but Chairman and CEO John Paro isnt satisfied. He expects to speed up the search for acquisitions at HallStar, a maker of chemical compounds found in

SCHULZE & BURCH BISCUIT CO. Chicago TEMPERATURE EQUIPMENT CORP.11 Lansing

194 WORLDS FINEST CHOCOLATE INC. Chicago 195 PRG PARKING MANAGEMENT LLC Chicago 196 H2O PLUS L.P. Chicago 197 SCHUMACHER ELECTRIC CORP. Mount Prospect 198 JORDAN INDUSTRIES INC. Chicago 199 STEVE FOLEY AUTO GROUP Northbrook 200 TONY RIZZA ENTERPRISES Bridgeview FOODS 201 KRONOSHeights INC. Glendale

everything from plastics and rubber to cosmetics and sunscreen. His goal: doubling or even tripling the companys size. HallStar bought small divisions from Stepan Co. of Northfield in 2007 and Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich., in 2009. Early this year it acquired BioChemica International, a Melbourne, Fla., developer of oils used in lotions. We hope to have more deals to announce pretty soon, Mr. Paro says. Were looking outside North America. We have to globalize what weve created. BioChemica, with sales last year of nearly $10 million, is a specialist in organic and natural

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LINCOLN PROVISION INC. Chicago

QST INDUSTRIES INC. Chicago HENRICKSEN & CO.11 Itasca SKENDER CONSTRUCTION CO. Chicago

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Company/headquarters Phone/website (708) 863-1100 www.cermakproduce.com (312) 322-9200 www.johnsonpublishing.com (773) 278-1100 www.novakconstruction.com (847) 675-1000 www.loebermotors.com (708) 478-1530 www.ddmwdc.com (312) 397-3330 www.centro.net (630) 232-3000 www.minerent.com (847) 304-5800 www.clarkwamberg.com Top executive Dimitrios Jimmy Bousis President, CEO Linda Johnson Rice Chairman John Novak President Michael Loeber President 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $120.0 5.3% $120.0 -40.0% $120.0 20.0% $118.7 57.9% Full-time local employees; worldwide 650 650 124 161 60 60 125 125 105 105 110 169 150 330 45 385 92 305 130 410 70 140 65 205 350 350 75 75 4,869 7,342 60 62 160 294 320 380 36 37 120 120 Type of business Chain of grocery stores Publishing, entertainment, cosmetics General contractor Auto dealership Food distributor to Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins in 13 Midwest states Technology and media services Manufacturer of rail car, truck, industrial and materials-handling products Management consulting Graphite and carbon manufacturer Marketing services Manufactures vitreous china, cast-iron plumbing fixtures, special-finish faucets Manufacturer and distributor of tactical and firefighting equipment Meat processor General contractor, construction manager Human resource outsourcing Concert promoter, live theatrical productions, corporate special events, exhibitions Raymond Forklift distributor, forklift parts, service, rentals, storage, warehouse design Food processor Real estate development General contractor, construction manager

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SUPERIOR GRAPHITE CO. Chicago PROMOWORKS LLC Schaumburg

GERBER PLUMBING FIXTURES LLC Woodridge W. S. DARLEY & CO. Itasca CHICAGO MEAT AUTHORITY INC. Chicago GEORGE SOLLITT CONSTRUCTION CO.; Wood Dale EMPLOYCO USA INC. Westmont JAM PRODUCTIONS LTD. Chicago

ASSOCIATED MATERIAL HANDLING (630) 588-8800 www.associated-solutions.com INDUSTRIES INC.; Addison VIENNA BEEF LTD.11 Chicago ENTERPRISE COS. Chicago EXECUTIVE CONSTRUCTION INC. Hillside (773) 278-7800 www.viennabeef.com

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compounds, which have been in great demand. Brands offering organic and/or natural products are among the fastest-growing segments of the prestige facial skincare market, says Karen Grant, a vice-president and global beauty industry analyst at researcher NPD Group Inc. in Port Washington, N.Y. In 2010, these brands grew in excess of 20%, more than twice the rate of the rest of the overall prestige skin-care market, which grew 8%. Mr. Paro concedes that his ambitions will require some outside financing. A public stock offering could raise money for deal-making, but the CEO insists he will keep the company independent. HallStar is 100% employee-owned. Id like to be a fast-growing place where employees can all aspire to ownership, Mr. Paro says. But he cautions that he doesnt want to get too big: I believe that smaller and midsized companies can out-innovate bigger competitors.

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CERMAK PRODUCE INC. Cicero

JOHNSON PUBLISHING CO. Chicago NOVAK CONSTRUCTION CO. Chicago LOEBER MOTORS INC. Lincolnwood DUNKIN DONUTS MIDWEST DISTRIBUTION CENTER INC.; Mokena CENTRO LLC Chicago MINER ENTERPRISES INC.2 Geneva CLARK & WAMBERG LLC North Barrington
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Thomas L. Jensen $118.5 Vice-president, general manager -4.0% Shawn Riegsecker President David W. Withall Chairman, president, CEO Tom Wamberg President, CEO Edward O. Carney President, CEO Dan Steever CEO Michael E. Werner President, CEO Paul C. Darley President, CEO Jordan M. Dorfman President Howard Strong President, CEO Robert A. Wilson CEO Arny Granat President Michael B. Romano President, CEO James W. Bodman Chairman, CEO $115.7 53.1% $115.0 NC $114.0 NC $113.4 30.4% $113.0 -1.7% $112.0 1.8% $111.2 7.8% $110.0 22.2% $110.0 -25.2% $109.0 5.8% $108.2 -20.2% $107.5 3.1% $106.0 -1.9% $105.0 69.4% $105.0 NC

(312) 559-2999 www.superiorgraphite.com (847) 310-2600 www.promoworks.com (630) 754-0278 www.gerberonline.com (708) 345-8050 www.darley.com (800) 383-3811 www.chicagomeat.com (630) 860-7333 www.sollitt.com (630) 920-0000 www.employco.com (312) 266-6262 www.jamusa.com

(773) 348-6900 Ronald B. Shipka Sr. www.theenterprisecompanies.com Chairman, principal (708) 236-3300 www.ecibuild.com John F. Blacketor President

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Company/headquarters Phone/website (847) 671-9700 www.nelsensteel.com (773) 797-9105 www.radioflyer.com (847) 297-2200 www.arthurjrogers.com (847) 367-1700 www.lincolnmercurys.com (630) 862-3300 www.illinoisautoelectric.com (773) 927-1440 www.peerfoods.com (630) 954-3400 www.wozniakindustries.com (312) 228-0800 www.marketingwerks.com (847) 782-8282 www.brightstarcare.com (312) 267-4400 www.arrowstream.com (630) 769-4300 www.sentinel.com Top executive C. Davis Nelsen II Chairman, president, CEO Robert Pasin President, CEO William G. Schmitz President, CEO Daniel H. Marks President, CEO H. Bruce Sirotek Chairman, CEO Larry OConnell President Michael R. Wozniak President Julie Guida, Scott Moller Managing partners Shelly Sun CEO Steven LaVoie Chairman, CEO Dennis Hoelzer President, CEO Todd Berger President, CEO Maria Kamberos President, CEO Michael E. Zielinski President, CEO James Rick Noe President Thomas F. Harter Sr. Chairman, president, CEO Anthony Riccardi Sr. President Dale Veronica Brown Vice-chairman, CEO Michael Greenberg, Donald Shannon, co-principals Paul R. Block Chairman, president, CEO Stephen W. Baird President, CEO Bradley Corral President Kerry C. Jacobs President Steven L. Schwartz President, CEO David Musial CEO William J. Nugent President, senior principal R. Peter Washington Chairman, CEO Alan D. Lev President, CEO Thomas J. Roeser President Alejandro Silva Chairman Michael Arkes President, CEO Gary Lang President Holly A. Hunt CEO F. Wade Cassidy CEO Susan Kozak President Walter E. Smithe III President 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $105.0 38.3% $103.0 22.6% $102.0 2.0% $102.0 2.0% $100.0 -4.8% $100.0 NC $100.0 11.1% $99.2 33.1% $99.1 91.6% $97.9 NC $97.4 21.5% $97.0 47.0% $96.8 -0.2% $96.8 0.8% $96.0 -2.0% $96.0 17.2% $96.0 -5.0% $95.0 5.6% $95.0 -9.5% $94.1 0.2% $92.0 NC $92.0 1.1% $92.0 2.2% $92.0 2.2% $90.9 16.2% $90.9 -0.4% $90.0 5.9% $89.3 -0.7% $89.1 25.5% $89.0 1.5% $88.4 -9.3% $88.0 25.7% $88.0 -2.2% $87.0 NC $86.3 40.2% $85.7 0.5% Full-time local employees; worldwide 77 80 65 123 40 40 50 50 166 247 12 180 110 240 152 170 80 98 97 100 227 302 124 141 560 560 36 36 290 290 170 200 50 50 103 103 95 135 64 425 176 176 250 250 410 880 1,200 2,500 640 640 178 456 101 550 24 24 511 511 80 225 93 103 90 90 135 195 95 138 72 78 430 430 Type of business Manufacturer of cold-finished bar steels Manufacturer of wagons, tricycles, scooters and other toys Commercial real estate Auto dealership Sales and distribution of transportation, industrial and outdoor care products Processor of meats for the food-service industry Manufacturer of forged, stamped, fabricated and machined metal components Advertising and marketing Home health care staffing Logistics and supply-chain management technology and services Technology design, development, support and integration Third-party logistics Retail grocery chain Negotiates vendor programs for member gas stations; provides sales, marketing and fulfillment services for stored value products Asphalt paver and road builder Billing and statement processing, mailing and electronic presentation Construction, general contractor Contract manufacturer and co-packer of dry foods Contract office furniture dealer Maker of artificial sweeteners Real estate brokerage; mortgage, title and home services Steel manufacturer Management consulting Owner and manager of tennis and fitness clubs Residential heating and air conditioning contractor Architecture, engineering, materials science Manufacturer and distributor of workplace equipment Homebuilder, mortgages, sales Manufactures audio accessories for two-way radios and controls for electrical switching Snack-food manufacturer Developer and manager of incentive programs Automotive dealership Designer, manufacturer and distributor of interior furnishings Wholesale distributor of floor coverings; provider of logistical services Computer hardware and software reseller Furniture retailer

Shades of gray for graphite firm

THINKSTOCK

Higher oil prices are a doubleedged sword for Superior Graphite Co., which enjoyed a 30% rise in sales last year and record profits even as crude oil, the raw material for the graphite it makes, rose in cost. A big chunk of Superiors graphite, often added to castings and other iron products, is employed in drilling rigs. So higher oil prices mean our raw material costs go up, but they also mean that there will be more drilling for new oil, says Edward Carney, Superiors CEO and the fourth generation of his

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NELSEN STEEL CO. L.P. Franklin Park RADIO FLYER INC. Chicago ARTHUR J. ROGERS & CO. Elk Grove Village LIBERTYVILLE CLASSIC GROUP Libertyville ILLINOIS AUTO ELECTRIC CO. Aurora PEER FOODS INC. Chicago WOZNIAK INDUSTRIES INC. Oakbrook Terrace MARKETING WERKS INC. Chicago
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BRIGHTSTAR GROUP HOLDINGS INC.; Gurnee

ARROWSTREAM INC. Chicago SENTINEL TECHNOLOGIES Downers Grove


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TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS (312) 738-5500 www.tsgsolutions.com GROUP LLC; Chicago (773) 327-4265 www.tifoods.com (630) 353-7950 www.royalbuying.com (815) 455-5100 www.currancontracting.com (630) 527-8400 www.microdg.com (847) 856-0123 www.warandolph.com (630) 513-9600 www.compactind.com (847) 325-1000 www.interiorinvestments.com (312) 840-6000 www.merisant.com (312) 368-1855 www.bairdwarner.com (708) 756-5619 www.chs.com (847) 825-8806 www.georgesmay.com (773) 463-1234 www.tcaholdings.com (773) 577-2709 www.fourseasons-chicago.com (847) 272-7400 www.wje.com (630) 892-8941 www.lyonworkspace.com (312) 751-2777 www.belgraviagroup.com (847) 428-7171 www.ottoexcellence.com (773) 254-7400 www.evansfood.com (773) 890-5900 www.hinda.com (815) 385-2100 www.garylangauto.com (312) 329-5999 www.hollyhunt.com (815) 836-2800 www.florstar.com (847) 634-0700 www.mnjtech.com (630) 285-8000 www.smithe.com

TREASURE ISLAND FOODS INC. Chicago ROYAL BUYING GROUP INC. Lisle CURRAN CONTRACTING CO. Crystal Lake MICRODYNAMICS GROUP Naperville WILLIAM A. RANDOLPH INC.2 Gurnee COMPACT INDUSTRIES INC. St. Charles INTERIOR INVESTMENTS LLC Lincolnshire MERISANT WORLDWIDE INC. Chicago BAIRD & WARNER INC. Chicago CHICAGO HEIGHTS STEEL11 Chicago Heights GEORGE S. MAY INTERNATIONAL CO.; Park Ridge TCA HOLDINGS LLC Chicago FOUR SEASONS HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING INC.; Bedford Park WISS JANNEY ELSTNER ASSOCIATES INC.; Northbrook L&D GROUP INC. Montgomery BELGRAVIA GROUP LTD. Chicago
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family to lead the business. The nations largest graphite mine, in Ticonderoga, N.Y., which supplied generations of schoolchildren with pencils, is closed, and today most of the worlds natural graphite is mined in China, Mexico and Canada. But natural graphite is being replaced by the material Superior produces from oil at its Southwest Side plant and at facilities in Kentucky and Arkansas. One of the emerging applications is for storing and conducting power in the latest electric car motors. Graphite is considered ideal because it conducts electric currents easily while tolerating heat. There is competition in this space, however, from graphite specialists in Germany, Japan and such U.S. rivals as GrafTech International Ltd. of Parma, Ohio. While Superiors sales jumped 30% to $113 million last year, GrafTechs revenue soared 53% to $1.01 billion. Craig Shular, chairman and CEO of GrafTech, says steelmaking, not batteries, will hold the key for graphite producers this year. The steel industry has had some very difficult results the last couple of years, losing hundreds of millions of dollars each quarter, he says. Our customers have been in tough shape through this downturn. The steel industry is in recovery this year, and Mr. Shular and Mr. Carney expect rising volumes as a result. Graphite lines the walls of blast furnaces and is used to melt steel at minimills. You basically cant melt steel without graphite, Mr. Carney says. H. Lee Murphy

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OTTO ENGINEERING INC. Carpentersville

EVANS FOOD GROUP LTD. Chicago HINDA INC.10 Chicago


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GARY LANG AUTO GROUP McHenry

HOLLY HUNT ENTERPRISES INC. Chicago FLORSTAR SALES INC.1 Romeoville


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MNJ TECHNOLOGIES DIRECT INC.; Buffalo Grove

WALTER E. SMITHE FURNITURE INC. Itasca

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Crains estimates are in gray. *Company-provided estimate.
Company/headquarters Phone/website (847) 391-4040 www.sayers.com (847) 882-8085 www.machsys.com (312) 666-0011 www.universalscrap.com (773) 794-7100 www.marinocjd.com (630) 396-6300 www.b2bcomp.com (312) 372-7346 www. hwlochner.com (773) 539-4060 www.richco-inc.com (800) 539-9740 www.smithbucklin.com (708) 450-2900 www.nationalvanlines.com (773) 376-4400 www.goldeagle.com (708) 590-8210 www.kenwoodliquors.com (847) 297-5700 www.ohareautogroup.com (847) 806-6300 www.charlesindustries.com (773) 685-3399 www.newworldvanlines.com (847) 498-6789 www.lanehospitality.com (630) 203-6800 www.daubert.com (847) 832-9950 www.navmanwireless.com Top executive Gale E. Sayers Chairman, CEO Ronald J. Mager Chairman, president, CEO Philip L. Zeid President Gregory A. Marino President Mike Theriault President, CEO Hal Lochner Chairman Samantha Richardson Chairman Henry S. Givray President, CEO Maureen Beal Chairman, president, CEO Marc Blackman President, CEO JoAnn Dixon President, CEO Kevin Mize President, CEO Joseph T. Charles Sr. President Shirley Marx Chairman Bill DeForrest President, CEO Mike Dwyer President, CEO T. J. Chung President, CEO 2010 revenue (millions); % change from 2009 $85.5 4.3% $84.3 5.4% $84.2 8.1% $83.6 2.0% $83.5 25.6% $83.3 9.9% $83.0 NC $81.4 -16.3% $80.7 -9.7% $80.0 NC $80.0 14.3% $78.9 1.6% $77.0 2.7% $77.0* 8.5% $76.5 3.4% $75.0 36.4% $75.0 15.4% Full-time local employees; worldwide 55 105 42 75 74 74 70 70 65 84 83 540 145 485 411 600 120 123 165 165 100 100 120 120 90 465 149 568 160 1,320 91 91 35 260 Type of business Information technology products and services Distributor of machine tools, cutting tools and factory floor software Scrap metal recycling Auto dealership Information-technology reseller Engineering consultant Manufacturer of fasteners, circuit board hardware, cable ties, fiber optics Association management company Moving company Manufacturer and marketer of automotive chemicals and additives Chain of liquor stores Sales and service of Honda and Hyundai Manufacturer of telecommunications, marine and industrial electrical products Moving company Holding company with interests in office products, hotels, real estate , agriculture Manufacturer of corrosion-inhibiting products, adhesives and car care products GPS fleet tracking; seller of GPS technology

Computer reseller caters to small biz


Its not easy to build a computer reselling operation in Chicago in the shadow of the nations biggest reseller, CDW Corp. of Vernon Hills, which has revenue exceeding $8 billion. But B2B Computer Products LLC in Addison is trying. B2B Computer keeps overhead low by avoiding warehousing. Customers get products shipped directly from vendors in the company catalog. Two-thirds of the workforce of 84 is dedicated to selling. We have no intention of taking on the cost of holding inventory ourselves or building out retail storefronts, says Christopher Kurpeikis, a founding partner and CDW alum who now heads B2Bs salesforce. B2B focuses its marketing on smaller customers, with 100 to 500 employees. Its also broadening into new services such as data backup and storage, a business it inherited with the 2009 acquisition of Border River LLC of Davenport, Iowa. Reselling is a tough business, nonetheless, with more than 100,000 rivals to B2B nationwide. The competition has hammered margins. Joshua Feinberg, a computer sales consultant in Lake Worth, Fla., advises B2B to stay focused on smaller customers. Most of the account managers at places like CDW are calling on Fortune 1000 clients, he says. H. Lee Murphy

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SAYERS40 INC. Vernon Hills MACHINERY SYSTEMS INC.1 Schaumburg UNIVERSAL SCRAP METALS INC. Chicago UPTOWN MOTORS INC. Chicago
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B2B COMPUTER PRODUCTS LLC; Addison

H. W. LOCHNER INC.11 Chicago RICHCO INC. Morton Grove SMITHBUCKLIN CORP. Chicago NATIONAL VAN LINES INC.11 Broadview GOLD EAGLE CO.2 Chicago
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KENWOOD LIQUORS GROUP Homer Glen

OHARE AUTO GROUP Des Plaines CHARLES INDUSTRIES LTD. Rolling Meadows NEW WORLD VAN LINES INC. Chicago LANE INDUSTRIES INC. Northbrook DAUBERT CHEMICAL CO. Burr Ridge
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NAVMAN WIRELESS HOLDINGS; Glenview

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Crains list of privately held companies, while the most comprehensive available, is not a complete list of private companies in the Chicago area because of the right of such companies to withhold information. Information for this list is provided by the companies, and Crains takes their word for sales and employee figures. Cooperatives are included in the definition of privately held companies. On this list are companies with headquarters in the six-county region: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. Revenue and employee figures are as of 12/31/10 unless noted. Crains estimates are in gray; actual revenue figures may vary. Estimates are based on industry analysis and benchmarks, news reports and a wide range of other sources. Asterisk: Company-provided estimate. NA: Not available. NC: No change. NM: Not measurable. 1. Fiscal year ends in September. 2. Fiscal year ends in March. 3. Fiscal year ends in July. 4. Fiscal year ends in August. 5. Fiscal year ends in January. 6. Fiscal year ends in June. 7. Fiscal year ends in May. 8. Fiscal year ends in February. 9. Previously listed as Classic Residence by Hyatt; name changed 6/10. 10. Fiscal year ends in October. 11. Fiscal year ends in April. 12. Previously listed as BlueStar Energy Services Inc.; name changed 11/10. 13. Previously listed as Veluchamy Enterprises Inc. 14. Previously listed as Hill Mechanical Group.

Researched and edited by Allison Riggio and Gabrielle Tompkins, with additional research by Crains reporting staff

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ALPHABETICAL INDEX
A A. T. Kearney Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Abt Electronics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Ace Hardware Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Acme Refining Scrap Metal Co. . . . . . 119 Adco Global Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Advanced Equities Financial Corp. . . . 95 Advantage Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 AIT Worldwide Logistics Inc. . . . . . . . 105 Alden Management Services Inc. . . . . 92 Aldridge Electric Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Alter Group Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 American Hotel Register Co. . . . . . . . . 47 Amsted Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Applied Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 ArrowStream Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Aspen Marketing Services Inc. . . . . . . . 98 Associated Material Handling Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Atlas Lift Truck Rentals & Sales Inc. . 149 B B2B Computer Products LLC . . . . . . . 262 Baird & Warner Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP . . . . . 128 Baldwin Richardson Foods Co. . . . . . 170 BDO USA LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Belgravia Group Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Berglund Construction Co. . . . . . . . . 181 Berlin Packaging LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Biggers Chevrolet/Isuzu Inc. . . . . . . . 166 William Blair & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 BlueStar Energy Holdings Inc. . . . . . . 134 Boler Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Bradner Central Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 BrightStar Group Holdings Inc. . . . . . 230 Carl Buddig & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Bulley & Andrews LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Butera Finer Foods Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 C Campagna-Turano Bakery Inc. . . . . . 148 Capital Fitness Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 CC Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 CDW LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Celtic International Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Central Grocers Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Centro LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 Cermak Produce Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 Charles Industries Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 Chicago Bears Football Club Inc. . . . 105 Chicago Bulls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Chicago Cubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Chicago Heights Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 Chicago Meat Authority Inc. . . . . . . . 214 Chicago White Sox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Clark & Wamberg LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Clune Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Columbia Pipe & Supply Co. . . . . . . . 163 Compact Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 239 ComPsych Cos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Continental Electrical Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Continental Motors Group . . . . . . . . . . 79 Convergint Technologies LLC . . . . . . 146 Coyote Logistics LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Cramer-Krasselt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Crate & Barrel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Crowe Horwath LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Culligan International Co. . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Cummins-Allison Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Curran Contracting Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 D W. S. Darley & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Daubert Chemical Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273 DoAll Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Edward Don & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Donlen Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 DSC Logistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Duchossois Group Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Dunkin' Donuts Midwest Distribution Center Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206 E Eby-Brown Co. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Daniel J. Edelman Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Elkay Manufacturing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Emkay Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Employco USA Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 Enterprise Cos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Evans Food Group Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . 251 Executive Construction Inc. . . . . . . . . 220 F F. H. Paschen, S. N. Nielsen & Associates LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Fellowes Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Ferrara Pan Candy Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Fidelitone Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Fifield Cos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 First Hospitality Group . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Florstar Sales Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255 Flying Food Group LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Steve Foley Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Follett Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Forsythe Technology Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Fort Dearborn Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246 Frank Consolidated Enterprises Inc. . . 21 FreedomRoads LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 G Gas Depot Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC . . . . . . 212 Gold Eagle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 Gold Standard Enterprises Inc. . . . . . 131 Gonnella Baking Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Grant Thornton LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Graycor Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Groupon Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co. . 127 Guaranteed Rate Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

H H2O Plus L.P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 HallStar Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Halo Branded Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . 168 Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. . . . . . 179 Harlem Furniture LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Harpo Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Havi Group L.P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Heico Cos. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Henricksen & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Hill Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Hinda Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252 Holly Hunt Enterprises Inc. . . . . . . . . . 253 Hostmark Hospitality Group . . . . . . . 160 Hub International Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 I IHC Construction Cos. LLC . . . . . . . . . . 144 Illinois Auto Electric Co. . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Inland Real Estate Group of Cos. . . . . . 14 Interior Investments LLC . . . . . . . . . . 239 International Profit Associates . . . . . 165 J Jam Productions Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Jel Sert Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Johnson Publishing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 Jordan Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 K Kenny Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Orval Kent Food Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Kenwood Liquors Group . . . . . . . . . . 267 Klein Tools Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Koch Foods Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Kreher Steel Co. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Kronos Foods Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 L L&D Group Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 Lane Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 272 Gary Lang Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . . 253 Leopardo Cos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. . . 86 Chas. Levy Co. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Libertyville Classic Group . . . . . . . . . . 224 Lincoln Provision Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Little Lady Foods Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 H. W. Lochner Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 Loeber Motors Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 M Machinery Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 259 MacLean-Fogg Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Magellan Development Group LLC . . . 83 Marketing Innovators International Inc. 156 Marketing Werks Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 MAT Holdings Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 George S. May International Co. . . . . 242 Mazzetta Co. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 McGrath Lexus/Acura/Honda/Hyundai . 78 McMaster-Carr Supply Co. . . . . . . . . . . 21 Medline Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Meridian Group International Inc. . . . 82 Merisant Worldwide Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 241 Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. . . . . . 67 Microdynamics Group . . . . . . . . . . . . 236

Midland Paper Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Ed Miniat Group Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Miner Enterprises Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 MNJ Technologies Direct Inc. . . . . . . 256 Motor Coach Industries . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Motor Werks Partners L.P. . . . . . . . . . . 89 N National Van Lines Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 266 Navman Wireless Holdings . . . . . . . . 273 Nelsen Steel Co. L.P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 NES Rentals Holdings Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 119 Network Services Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 New World Van Lines Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 270 Newly Weds Foods Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 North American Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Novak Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . 202 NutraSweet Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Nuveen Investments Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 40 O O'Hare Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 Old World Industries LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 O'Neil Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 OSI Group LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Otto Engineering Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 P Panduit Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Parksite Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Patrick Dealer Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Peacock Engineering Co. . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Peer Foods Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Pepper Construction Group . . . . . . . . 35 Phoenix International Freight Services Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Plote Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 PLS Financial Services Inc. . . . . . . . . . 112 Portillo's Restaurant Group Inc. . . . . 138 Potbelly Sandwich Works LLC . . . . . . 119 Power Construction Co. LLC . . . . . . . . . 70 Pregis Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 PRG Parking Management LLC . . . . . 195 PromoWorks LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Q QST Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Quantum Foods LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 R Rabine Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Radio Flyer Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Raja Foods LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 William A. Randolph Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Rauland-Borg Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Reyes Holdings LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Richco Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264 Joe Rizza Enterprises Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 133 Tony Rizza Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Arthur J. Rogers & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 Rose Packing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Royal Buying Group Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 235 RTC Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Ryerson Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 S S&C Electric Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Safeway Insurance Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Sayers40 Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258 Schulze & Burch Biscuit Co. . . . . . . . . 192 Schumacher Electric Corp. . . . . . . . . . 197 Schwarz Paper Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Seaton Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Seko Worldwide LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Sentinel Technologies Inc. . . . . . . . . . 232 Serta Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Shell Vacations LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Shure Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Sipi Metals Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Skender Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . 191 SmithBucklin Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 Walter E. Smithe Furniture Inc. . . . . . 257 George Sollitt Construction Co. . . . . 214 Solo Cup Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Sram LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Steiner Electric Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Sun-Times Media Holdings LLC . . . . . 124 Superior Graphite Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 SymphonyIRI Group Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 T Tandem HR Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 TCA Holdings LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 Tecta America Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Tempel Steel Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Temperature Equipment Corp. . . . . 192 Terlato Wine Group Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 114 ThoughtWorks Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Topco Associates LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Transportation Solutions Group LLC . . . 233 TransUnion LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Treasure Island Foods Inc. . . . . . . . . . 234 Tribune Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 True Value Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Trustmark Cos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 TTX Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Turtle Wax Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Tuthill Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Ty Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 U U.S. Foodservice Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 UGN Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 United Scrap Metal Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Universal Scrap Metals Inc. . . . . . . . . 260 Uptown Motors Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261 V Vi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Vienna Beef Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Vmark Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Volvo Sales & Service Center Inc. . . . 143 W Walsh Group Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Weber Marking Systems Inc. . . . . . . . 183 Weber-Stephen Products Co. . . . . . . 139 Wilton Brands Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Wirtz Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc. . 246 World's Finest Chocolate Inc. . . . . . . 194 Wozniak Industries Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Z ZS Associates Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102