Jel Sert Receives Legacy Business Award

Jel Sert Receives Legacy Business Award
Jel Sert joins four other businesses receiving a Brilliance in Business Award from the City of West Chicago

West Chicago, Illinois: December 5, 2016 – This year the City of West Chicago as part of the Brilliance in Business (BiB) Awards program introduced the Legacy Business Award to directly acknowledge and award a longstanding member of the business community. In contrast to the nomination-based and panel awarded BiB recognitions, this award honors a business that has served the community for 45 years or more, and that has supported the economic vitality of West Chicago over several decades.

Jel Sert is receiving the 2016 Legacy Business Award at the City Council meeting of Monday, December 5, 2016. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Jel Sert is a family-owned business in its third generation of ownership and has consistently met its corporate goals while having a positive impact on the community. For the last 45 years the company has been located at 310 Spencer Street. Jel Sert is one of the City’s largest employers. Seventy-five percent of its approximately 800 employees reside in West Chicago.

Legacy businesses are distinguished institutions that have a track record of performance and continue to be an economic force of the City moving into the future. Representatives of Jel Sert, along with those from four other winning businesses, attended a recognition breakfast last Friday with Mayor Ruben Pineda. Those businesses included:  Salud Dental for Outstanding Downtown Entrepreneurship; Evo Exhibits for Outstanding Growth; Gloria’s Jewelry for Outstanding Small Business; and Wise Plastics Technologies also for Outstanding Growth. They will all be honored at the City Council meeting.

To learn more about the Brilliance in Business Awards, please visit www.westchicago.org or contact Luis Martinez, Business Development Coordinator, at (630) 293-2200 x157.

Photo cutline: Enjoying a recognition breakfast sponsored by the City of West Chicago, are Brilliance in Business Award winners. Seated at head of table is Mayor Ruben Pineda, followed by (left to right) Simon Richards and Juan Chavez of Jel Sert; John Said, Director, West Chicago Community Development Department; Brian Fujii, of Evo Exhibits; Dr. Hiren Patel, of Salud Dental; Edward Pineda and Gloria Pineda, of Gloria’s Jewelry; Luis Martinez, Business Development Coordinator for the City of West Chicago; David Sabathne, Executive Director/CEO of the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce; Michael McCord and Kent Jean of Evo Exhibits; Dave Laboda and Joe Shad of Wise Plastics Technologies.

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