Gridley meats

MADE IN ILLINOISThis month Made in Illinois has a tasty feature. There has been a growing trend throughout the United States putting an emphasis on farm-to-table, all-natural foods. Gridley Meats in McLean County is playing its part in establishing the trend right here in Illinois.

It is a family-owned business that literally has its meat making down to a science. Iyad Abbed, who is one of the cofounders, is one of six brothers and one of two who work at the company. A third brother is currently in school studying meat science so he can contribute to helping pair unique flavors.

It’s the simplicity of their product, however, that leads to the complexity. Their brats are a simple mixture of spices and Black Angus beef. Unlike other similar products, they don’t add water to them, which can cause brats to shrink during cooking. In other words, what you get is what you get.  

From the local farm to the local market Gridley Meats has a new approach to keeping it fresh.

Read the story below straight from Iyad Abbed himself.  

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Java and Co

MADE IN ILLINOISIllinois is home to many unique and exciting businesses. JAVA & Co. is an example of one with a fun and interesting history.

Brain and Jamie Knoll have a rich history and background working in restaurants and hospitality. When they came to Illinois to renovate a house from the 1800s, they thought they were only going to stick around for a little while. Now, they are the proud owners and operators to JAVA & Co., a company that specializes in flavor- infused syrups.

Read the story below from the co-owner herself. Jamie Knoll tells the story of two business savvy individuals who traversed the country to settle in Illinois to make tasty syrups and more.

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MADE IN ILLINOISBonn Bonn Baby, a company based out of Barrington, Illinois, specializes in eco-friendly, antimicrobial, moisture wicking baby clothing designed to keep your baby dry, fresh and comfortable. Their unique line of clothing is made in Illinois, and it is the only company that specializes in this type of product.  They make a full line of swaddling blankets, sheets, bibs, bodysuits, burping cloths, and recently added custom screen printed onesies.


This week, I Like Illinois had the chance to interview owner and founder of the company, Mindy McKegney.  

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32567650 lTree Hopper Toys was started five years ago as a hobby for owner Eric Siegel in his one car-garage. From their humble beginnings, they were eventually able to move out of the garage and into a warehouse where they now employ seven people who design, print and assemble all the toys here in Illinois.


Last week I like Illinois had the chance to speak to Eric Siegel about the successes of the company.

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Hoeween Leather

Horween Leather has been producing quality leather goods for over 100 years. The Chicago-based company has been family-owned since its inception and is one of the oldest continuously running tanneries in the United States. 

The company produces leather using mostly cowhide and horsehide. This top-of-the-line leather is then used to make a number of products, such as wallets, purses, shoes, brief cases and more.

They also provide leathers to Rawlings, Wilson Sporting Goods, Spalding and other sporting goods companies to produce baseballs, footballs, basketballs and baseball gloves. In fact, official football leather was developed by Arnold Horween, Sr., who played professional football and coached football at Harvard. The company has been producing this leather for over 60 years.

Horween is known for its quality leather goods, and the product has continued to be handmade, just as it was generations ago.

For more information visit: http://horween.com/

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