As proud Midwesterners, we at Manor Tool & Manufacturing and Vogel Tool & Die have always worked to give back however we can to the great city of Chicago and the entire region.
That’s why we were thrilled and humbled to learn that Vogel Tool & Die received a 2018 Governor’s Export Award for Continuing Excellence from Illinois earlier this year. Our president Tom Simeone accepted the honor on Vogel Tool & Die’s behalf during a ceremony held at the Union League Club of Chicago on May 24.
A Recognized Leader in Exporting
Exports form a vital part of the Illinois economy. Indeed, Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest and the fifth largest in the nation, creating high-paying jobs and contributing millions to the state’s economy. In 2017 alone, Illinois exported nearly $65 billion worth of products, an 8.6% increase over the previous year. This growth in exports outpaced the national average by nearly 31%.
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) introduced the Governor’s Export Awards to acknowledge efforts to promote exporting in the Land of Lincoln. Vogel Tool & Die was among five companies honored for Export Continuing Excellence this year in recognition of outstanding achievement.
Vogel Tool & Die dates back to the 1930s, when founder Julius Vogel invented a punch and die process for notching the ends of pipes so that they could fit against the sides of other pipes. His patented invention was a significant advance on the time-consuming grinding or torch cutting methods commonly used at the time. Eight decades later, his pipe-notchers remain one of the company’s most popular products.
After four generations within the Vogel family, Manor Tool & Manufacturing acquired Vogel Tool & Die in 2009. Today, it remains a respected leader in metal stamping, along with its parent company.
Both Manor Tool & Manufacturing and Vogel Tool & Die are deeply committed to the continued growth of manufacturing in the Chicago area and the entire state of Illinois. We’re delighted to be recognized as significant contributors to the local and state economy.
At the same time, we take this honor as a source of motivation. In the years to come, we hope to remain a model for fellow exporters in our city and state and continue to exceed the high standards we set for ourselves every day.
To learn more about our commitment to local manufacturing and our efforts to bridge the manufacturing skills gap, read our blog posts about the Spring Break Internship Program and our partnership with mHub Chicago.