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Pro-Pak Industries celebrates its 20th anniversary. Darrell Holmes is the president/CEO.  Beginning as a sales and marketing firm in 1992, the business now ranks as one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of utility marketing products for the construction and utility markets broad and in the United States with all of its products 100 percent made in the U.S.  The company has three divisions: Pro-Line Safety Products, Pro-Line Wire and Cable and Creative Impressions.

     Among the commodities offered in Pro-Line Safety Products division are warning tapes, tracer wire, barricade tapes and custom vests. One of the newest items is Pro-Trace tracer wire. This underground tracer wire offers flexibility and strength for both open trench and directional drilling applications.

     The Pro-Line Wire and Cable division is the Original Equipment Supplier of wire and cable products to electrical, utility, industrial, contractor and manufacturing markets.

Creative Impressions division provides promotional products to a variety of clientele. This involves the manufacturing and distributing of apparel and premium incentive products, including custom printing and embroidery. Several years ago, advertising firms were searching for new promotional ideas. Creative Impressions developed advertising specialty tapes for movies, television and corporate events. These include “Bee Movie,” “The Simpsons,” “The Sopranos,” “Fear Factor” and "Survivor.”  Receiving nation-wide media attention was the division’s production of “Save Our Troops” tapes available for individuals and groups.

     The primary focus of the company continues to be utility marking and safety, which is highlighted with the tagline “We Cover the World with Safety” on its website The business is located at 1099 Atlantic Drive, Unit 1. It is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

     Katie Norton from the CW Network show, “Breaking Pointe,” not only taught a Master Ballet Class, but also took the time to visit with the students Tuesday, July 24, at Platinum Dance Academy, 956 N. Neltnor Blvd. Breaking Pointe is a reality show charting the highs and lows of professionals at Ballet West. The dance academy is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

     The patio at Coco Loco Mexican Grill, 205 Main Street, opened in July, and will be open as long as weather permits.

Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc., 300 Charles Ct., recently went through the re-accreditation process with the Tree Care Industry Association. In 2009, the company initially received accreditation, which lasts for three years. Accreditation is a business growth program and gives tree care companies the tools to strengthen the foundation of their business and construct a successful future. It focuses on company aspects regarding ethics, safety and adherence to industry standards. Company president Joe Kramer said, “We feel this process was important
because it helps us improve our final product that we provide to our clients.”

     Upon completion of the accreditation, TCIA wanted to write a story about the company for its monthly magazine. The article, “Kramer Tree Strives to be a Leader, Not a Follower,” appears in the June 2012 issue and focuses on the origin and goals of Kramer Tree Specialists.

     Todd Kramer, Jason Diehl and Tyler Wallace participated in the Illinois Arborists Tree Climbing competition May 19. The competition includes aerial rescue, speed climbing and the Masters work climb. Diehl achieved second place overall.

     During the month of May, KTS gave a demonstration for the City of Chicago Forestry Department. Participating were Jeff Kramer, Diego Gutierrez and Tim Ayers. Others taking part included representatives from Peoples Gas, City of Chicago employees, HBK Engineering and Jacobs & Meade Electric. As part of a public improvement project, aged natural gas pipelines routed throughout the City are being replaced. John Kirchner, Director of Forestry for the City of Chicago, set up the demonstration as an effort to reduce the impact of the improvement
project on the health of urban trees. Incorporating the air spade of KTS, workers will be able to excavate around the trees without damaging critical anchor roots.

     Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc. is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

     Support our local businesses as they not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also donate generously to clubs, churches, organizations and chools. 

     Among those sponsoring West Chicago Public Library District 2012 Summer Reading Program are SBI-West Chicago, little Caesar’s. Chuck Strayve Landscaping, West Chicago Dental Care, West Chicago Printing Co. and Dr. Richard G. Smith (Main Street Family Dentistry).

Kramer Tree Specialists donated five yards of its special blend mulch to each of the three stations of the West Chicago Fire Protection District. Also as a participant in the Care Fest event May 5, KTS donated its special blend mulch to eight local schools, which included West Chicago Elementary School District 33.

Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli, General Mills, Jel Sert and Scooby’s Red Hots contribute to National Night Out.



  • Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, has a variety of activities in August. 

  • The fourth annual Dog Days event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, on the Parade Field. There is entertainment, vendor exhibits and sales.

  • Movies in the Park are at 8:30 p.m. at the Parade Field. The movie, “Ghostbusters” is Thursday, Aug. 9. “Hugo” is the movie Thursday, Aug. 16. 

  • French Connection Day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug 12. The celebration of everything French commemorates the personal history of the park’s benefactor, Robert R. McCormick. Colonel McCormick named his Cantigny estate after a French village, the scene of the first American victory in World War I. He fought in the Battle of Cantigny with the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.

  • Vintage Baseball Match, played by 1858 rules, is at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, on the Parade Field. Teams playing are the DuPage County Plowboys vs. the Oregon Ganymedes.

  • Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce. 

  • We Grow Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center has several upcoming activities. WGD, a not-for-profit- organization, provides vocational training and assistance for people with disabilities.

  •  The first takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Whole Foods Market, 151 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton, donates five percent of the total day’s sales to the greenhouse. WGD team members sell crafts, including bookmarks and greeting cards to raise additional funds and answer uestions.

  • The Greenhouse located at 1055 West Washington Street hosts an
    Electronic Recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25.  The business is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

  • Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, hosts several fundraisers. 

    • The first is the Wildcat Youth Football & Cheerleading Rally at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.

    • The second is the Backyard Sports Marathon Saturday, Aug. 11. Sports are whiffle ball, volleyball, beanbag toss and horseshoes. The cost is $40 for teams of four. Proceeds benefit research for Ovarian Cancer.

    • Also August is preseason football, which includes half time buffet and free Jersey give away when Bears make a touchdown. 

  • St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Route 59, hosts a Nine & Stein Sunday, Aug. 5. The Shotgun start for nine holes on Course 1 is at 5 p.m. The small plates and beer event is at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $38.  For the small plates and beer tasting only, the cost is $23. To make a reservation call (630) 231-3100. Ext. 0.

This monthly column covers information on new businesses, change of business locations, awards received by businesses, new offerings of products and/or services, and recognition of employees receiving awards and promotions. The publishing date is usually the last Wednesday of the month. Businesses with highlights” to share can email me at


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