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Rolling Meadows and its Chamber of Commerce are fortunate to boast a diverse economic base, comprised of businesses, large and small, new and well-established. Some primarily serve local residents, others serve the larger Chicago community and still others provide services or ship product to the entire country or even the world.

RATIONAL USA

RATIONAL USA, a manufacturer of high-tech ovens, moved its North American headquarters to Rolling Meadows in early 2014, taking over the former Magnum’s Prime Steakhouse space between the two towers at Continental Towers.

A subsidiary of RATIONAL A.G., RATIONAL USA, based in Landsberg am Lech, Germany, employs 60 people at its Rolling Meadows facility that includes office space, a Culinary Experience Center and a technical training center.

RATIONAL’s combi-ovens, which combine steam with dry heat, are used in commercial kitchens such as in fine-dining restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, prisons, military operations, grocery stores, convenience stores, chain restaurants and more. While the technology has evolved and improved since the combi-oven was first invented in 1976, the goal remains the same: to provide their customers with the best solutions to help them complete their cooking tasks.

The latest generation, the SelfCookingCenter® 5 Senses, was introduced in 2014 and its intelligent cooking control,

iCookingControl, allows an operator to grill, bake, steam, fry, roast, overnight cook, proof, poach, smoke and much more using one single piece of equipment that also cleans and maintains itself daily. In addition, it has the ability, thanks to its innovation iLevelControl, to cook multiple items at the same time. For instance, a restaurant could be cooking bacon on one shelf, French toast on another, sautéed greens on another and so forth, according to Billy Buck, national corporate chef for RATIONAL USA.

“The SelfCookingCenter® 5 Sense can be set to achieve the perfect coloration and doneness for each food item and will alert the chef when each one is done and ready to be removed,” Buck said. “And when the door is opened to remove one item, the SelfCookingCenter® 5 Sense will automatically adjust the cooking times as needed.”

RATIONAL combi-ovens are currently sold in 85 countries worldwide. The Rolling Meadows-based firm is the U.S. subsidiary. All units are manufactured in Landsberg, Germany and during the firm’s history, over 685,000 units have been sold. It is estimated that over 120 million meals per day worldwide are currently prepared using RATIONAL combi-ovens.

“We have the largest research and development team within the foodservice equipment industry,” Buck said, and they are constantly working to develop the next innovation in thermal cooking.

Roberta Williams Salon & Day Spa

Bobbi Marcinkus and her talented staff of beauty stylists at Roberta Williams Salon and Day Spa, located at 2144 S. Plum Grove Rd., have been helping Northwest suburbanites look good and feel great since 1980.

“We believe in the ‘total look’ concept and that is what sets us apart from other salons. Elevating and reinforcing the self-esteem of each and every one of our clients is our primary focus, so we do not concentrate on only one component of a person’s appearance,” Marcinkus said.

“Creating or enhancing your own personal style starts with learning all about your physical composition and personal likes and dislikes. Hair style and color are only a part of the overall image. Our staff can help someone reach their appearance potential and transform an ordinary appearance into a uniquely striking appearance, appropriate for their features, body type, natural color scheme, personality and lifestyle,” she continued.

“I love sitting down and listening to someone talk about how they feel about their look and what they would like to accomplish. I am all about how people feel,” Marcinkus explained. “Then, once we have a plan, I have different members of my team work with them on different aspects of the new look, including hair color and cut, nails, make-up, skin and even the colors of the clothing they wear.”

Roberta Williams is a multi-generational salon, catering to the needs of all ages.

“We can make anybody look beautiful at any age,” Marcinkus stated. “Coming to us is totally different than walking up to a make-up or skin-care counter in a department store, for instance, because we have been extensively educated on how to analyze each individual’s skin and make recommendations.”

Roberta Williams Salon and Day Spa has been recognized for professional excellence and their work has been published in Inspire, America’s leading hairstyling book. Recently, more salon staff and services have been added.

For more information, call (847) 358-0335 or visit www.robertawilliamsonline.com.

Suburban Accents, Inc.

One of the best-known vehicle graphics companies in the United States is located in Rolling Meadows. Suburban Accents, Inc. is a family owned and operated firm which designs vinyl graphics for cars, buses, entire fleets, buildings and other uses, literally all over the country. Depending upon the needs of the customer, a specialist from Suburban Accents will travel to their location and install the graphics or, the finished graphic can be shipped to the customer and installed by someone local with the necessary expertise.

Ric Sisi launched Suburban Accents in 1974 and has seen it grow as the technology to create such graphics has improved. He started out by hand-cutting vinyl for his creations, then took projects to a local sign shop for cutting for several years and finally, he invested in the necessary machines so that he could do all the work in-house. Computers have allowed the designs to become even more intricate and elaborate over the years, as have advances in vinyl technology, Sisi said.

“We will take the time to customize the look of your vehicle to get you noticed. Our vinyl graphics, vehicle wraps and fleet lettering will call attention to your business better than any other form of advertising. Your vehicle literally becomes a rolling billboard, 24/7, 365 days a year. Just think of all the potential clients your vehicle passes in a single day! In traffic, parked, at a stoplight or in a client’s driveway, your message is out there,” Sisi explained.

Clients can choose anything from economical die-cut, pre-spaced vinyl lettering, to printed graphics with colored logos and photos, to a vehicle wrap in which the whole vehicle (or any portion of it) is covered with eye-catching graphics on self-adhesive vinyl.

Suburban Accents uses the highest quality vinyl, printed using high-performance, UV inks. The vinyl is then covered with an over-laminate to make it scratch and chemical resistant and to give it even more protection from UV rays.

Local clients range from local municipalities, to radio stations, to tradespeople. Suburban Accents even does vehicle graphics for use in television and movie work like the hit show “Chicago Fire,” Sisi said.

Located at 3701 Berdnick St., Suites A and B, Suburban Accents is run by Sisi and his wife, Donna, and employs five people, including their son and nephew. For more information, call (847) 776-7474 or visit www.suburbanaccents.com.

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