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Mundelein firms get gold stars

Updated: November 13, 2012 6:05AM

MUNDELEIN — The Mundelein Economic Development Commission has named the 2012 Village of Mundelein Gold Star Business Award winners.

The Gold Star Award program recognizes Mundelein businesses that make a significant contribution to the community or achieve notable success in their industry. Honorees are selected by the Economic Development Commission

“The Gold Star Program is a way for the village to express its pride and appreciation for the accomplishments and investments made by local businesses,” said Larry Gallas, chairman of the Economic Development Commission. “We are proud of our diverse business community. We want to promote success and encourage others to follow the good examples set by the award winners.”

The 2012 Gold Star winners are:

Flatout Group Inc., 664 Tower Road: Mark Adelizzi opened Flatout in 1998. The company designs and produces high-performance, custom and specialty gaskets for automotive applications. Flatout recently completed an expansion that doubled the size of its business operation. They are a major supporter of the annual Park-on-Park car shows and other community events.

Hong Kong Chop Suey Restaurant, 316 N. Lake St.: Li Ling Tao has operated Hong Kong Chop Suey since 1994 as a carry-out only business. In 2012, she completed an extensive remodeling of her new dine-in or carry-out restaurant in the downtown.

Ruprecht Co., 1301 Allanson Road: Founded in 1860, the Ruprecht Co., has been producing high- quality food products for over 150 years. Ruprecht, which has been owed by the Sommers family since 1961, consolidated its Chicago operations at the state-of-the-art Mundelein facility in 2011. Ruprecht expanded its operations, employment and services in 2012.

Utopia Inc., 405 Washington Blvd.: Utopia, Inc., a data management and services company specializing in “big data”, completed an expansion and renovation of its company headquarters in May 2012. Utopia is poised to add 150 jobs locally and 500 to its worldwide operations.

“We are excited about the investments that these fine companies have made in our community”, said Mundelein Mayor Ken Kessler. “The imagination, innovation and diversity exhibited in the local business community is astounding. These fine companies represent the best of the American free enterprise system. We should all be proud.”

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