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Addison Business

From small family-owned and -operated businesses to large corporations, manufacturing and the industrial sector, retail enterprises and professional services, business is booming in Addison.

This vital business, industry and manufacturing hub within the metropolitan area is home to an array of businesses, from those newly opened to those celebrating a 100-year history.

The village’s vibrant and diverse population, along with its large industrial, manufacturing and business base, prime location as a transportation hub, and solid economic base give Addison a distinct business advantage.

Nearby O’Hare International Airport, Midway International Airport (only 22 miles away) and proximity to other business and technology corridors, make Addison’s location desirable to an array of business and industry leaders. The nearby DuPage Airport also offers private and corporate aircraft service for Addison’s business community.

Relying heavily on Addison’s skilled workforce and the commitment of the village, Addison-based companies produce a wealth of goods and services ranging from telecommunication equipment to electronic controls, industrial drills and kiln equipment.

Industrial operations are largely centered in Addison’s bustling west and south side industrial corridor. Nearly 20 percent of all manufacturing operations in DuPage County are located in Addison, a village with strong roots for a variety of family-owned businesses as well as larger corporate operations and industrial headquarters.

Addison is home to the fourth largest industrial complex in the State of Illinois and the largest in DuPage County, offering residents a variety of employment opportunities at a wide range of business entities.

Business At A Glance

The business-friendly Addison community boasts:

• More than 45 companies employing more than 100 workers each.

• More than 300 companies with 20 or more workers. These numerous Addison-based companies employ 43 percent of Addison’s workforce.

In addition to a vast array of industrial offerings, Addison is home to a variety of business centers including the 198-acre Meadows Business Park, the 70-acre Addison Business Center, the 37-acre Tollway Park and the 30-acre Corporate Center.

Earth Friendly Products
11 S. Rohlwing Rd., Addison
(800) 592-1900
www.ecos.com
www.babyecos.com

History
Family-owned and operated since 1967, Earth Friendly Products makes environmentally friendly cleaning products that are powerful and cost effective. From the first small facility in Bensenville to a 2010 move to its 105,000-square-foot facility in Addison, Earth Friendly Products is dedicated to creating products that protect both the health of families and the planet.

Earth Friendly Products was founded by Van Vlahakis, a Greek immigrant who came to Chicago in 1953 with $22 in his pocket and unable to speak English. He graduated from Roosevelt University with a degree in chemistry and began selling healthier cleaning products from his garage, looking to the natural cleaning products used in Greece, such as vinegar and lemon, for his inspiration.

Today
Earth Friendly Products distributes ECOS laundry detergent and over 150 other green cleaning products throughout the United States and to over 60 countries. Earth Friendly Products makes all its cleaners using plant-based ingredients and an environmentally friendly production processes. As a primary manufacturer with five facilities strategically located throughout the U.S., Earth Friendly Products is a carbon-neutral company that saves more than 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually.

The Addison facility makes a variety of household, pet and commercial green cleaning products. All products are free of formaldehyde and dyes, readily biodegradable, easily recycled, pH balanced, locally sourced and shipped, and manufactured in zero-waste plants using 100 percent renewable energy. They also make Baby ECOS, line of a hypoallergenic, everyday laundry and cleaning products that are specifically designed for a baby’s sensitive skin. Many products carry the U.S. EPA’s coveted “Safer Choice” label, which certifies that the products are made using the safest ingredients available for human health and the environment. The Addison facility, located in the company’s original home of Illinois, serves as Midwest corporate headquarters.

Cassidy Tire & Service
200 S. Church, Addison
(630) 620-2300
www.cassidytire.com

History
Cassidy Tire & Service is a family owned and operated business with founding roots dating back to Hugh Cassidy and his son, William, who first opened a livery service on Chicago’s near West Side in 1892, two decades after the Great Chicago Fire.

The family patriarch centered his business on renting hearses, livery wagons and horse teams. By 1912, horse-drawn wagons were replaced by automobiles and William began to take notice of the wear and tear on tires as vehicles passed his 1227 W. Roosevelt Road location. He changed the company focus to hard tire repair. A nephew, Hugh Ahern, joined Cassidy Tire and led the company though the Great Depression years and during World War II. Sons Bill, Frank, James, Jack, Tom and Hugh Jr. helped open two new west suburban stores in the 1950s. By 1970, the company established its main location downtown and in 2006 Cassidy Tire moved to Addison, opened its headquarters and 100,000-square-foot warehouse, store No. 15, and added a second warehouse.

Today
Cassidy Tire & Service is full-service auto and truck service center and an authorized dealer of Continental, General, Kumho and Toyo tires. Cassidy carries a wide variety of tires for passenger cars, light trucks, motor sport vehicles, off-road vehicles, landscape equipment and commercial vehicles. The fourth generation of Aherns – Rick, Bryan, Melanie, Tom Jr. and Kristie – are at the helm guiding the area’s largest independent tire dealer.

The scope of service is massive, ranging from retail and wholesale operations, commercial truck sales and service, 24-hour roadside truck service, audits of major leasing and construction fleets.

In addition to tire sales and repair, basic services offered throughout the Chicagoland area include free tire pressure and alignment check, air filters to improve performance and fuel economy, alignments to prevent excess tire wear, battery replacement, brakes, coolant flushing, oil changes, suspension repair, wiper blades and tire pressure checks.

“We often say William J. Cassidy would be amazed if he could see what we do today,” said KC Rohleder, a cousin working at the Addison headquarters location. With an annual $30-$40 million in sales, Cassidy Tire and its 160 employees are firmly positioned as industry leaders and ready to conquer the next 100 years.

Elite Dentistry
516 W. Lake St., Addison
(630) 279-3333
elitedentistryaddison.com

History
Dr. Mohamed Waheed, DDS, provides general and cosmetic dentistry to patients of all ages at his Elite Dentistry practice. Since opening his doors in March 2015, the fledgling dental practice has grown exponentially. Dr. Waheed received his dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry at Chicago. Dedication to continuing education has always been a priority to Dr. Waheed; he is a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society and the Chicago Dental Society.

Today
Dr. Waheed and his Elite Dentistry team provide a full spectrum of dental services to help patients achieve their distinctive dental dreams. Services include routine cleaning, deep cleaning and well care checkups, fillings, oral cancer screening, root canals, implants, crowns, cosmetic procedures including teeth whitening and Invisalign, pediatric care, sedation dentistry and surgical extractions.

Patients are seen four days a week in newly renovated offices adjacent to Caputo’s Fresh Market. “We are firmly invested in the Addison community and frequently can be found at community events including career days at Addison Trail High School, chamber meetings, and green light events at Caputo’s where we’ve distributed free water and sports bottles,” Dr. Waheed said.

Elite Dentistry draws families and patients of all ages from Addison and surrounding communities such as Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Bensenville and Carol Stream. Easy access and proximity to major transportation thoroughfares were prime factors for the young professional in establishing Elite Dentistry’s location.

“We see ourselves as a distinctive full-service dental practice, providing an array of care and services often not found in one location,” Dr. Waheed said.

He handles even the most challenging root canals and extractions, and specializes in partial and full arch implants. He also uses the latest technology to create dentures and partials that look natural and make it easier to eat and smile with confidence. Many people are surprised to learn complete sets and partials aren’t only for the elderly, Dr. Waheed said.

Families with young children find Dr. Waheed a valued resource in explaining the importance of establishing a “dental home” (a place to go in times of pain or trauma), first visits, the importance of baby teeth, toddler tooth brushing tips, cleaning baby’s teeth, fluoride and toothpaste concerns, toothaches, thumb sucking, dental sealants and cavity prevention and care. Because oral health plays a major role in overall health, Dr. Waheed said, the focus on early preventive care, dental education, daily oral care and regular, ongoing dental care is vital.

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