DIAMOND MEMBER BUSINESSES back into the chairman’s role for 2015. Under his leadership, the Diamond level of membership was created with First Bank & Trust being among the first to sign on.
NOW FOODS When Elwood Richard founded NOW Foods over 45 years ago as a sideline to the family’s soy products business, he never thought his small company would make such a profound impact on the natural foods industry. Still owned by the Richard family today, the company sells more than 1,400 natural products, including dietary supplements and herbs, personal care, sports nutrition and foods. NOW products are distributed in 80 countries around the world, and the company employs over 1,200 people in North America. NOW Foods is recognized for its commitment to quality and making good nutrition affordable, and still adheres to its original mission: To provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives. NOW Foods has received many awards for its products, domestic and international business growth, employee programs, and philanthropic and environmental initiatives. The company continuously demonstrates its quality point-of-difference, from state-ofthe-art in-house labs to being one of the first companies to be GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified by the Natural Products Association in 2000. NOW Foods operates a cutting-edge manufacturing facility in Bloomingdale, a second manufacturing and distribution center in Sparks, Nevada, and a manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada. NOW’s corporate headquarters are located in Bloomingdale, and it also operates The Fruitful Yield, a chain of natural health food stores in the Chicago area, which includes a
location in Bloomingdale. For eight consecutive years, NOW has been honored by the National Association for Business Resources as one of “Chicagoland’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For,” and in 2015 they were also honored as one of “The Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” at the national level, for a third consecutive year.
STRATFORD SQUARE MALL Stratford Square Mall is a $1.3 million super-regional, enclosed, two-story shopping destination anchored by five major department stores: Kohl’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Sears, Macy’s and Burlington Coat Factory and coupled by two junior anchor stores: Stratford Century Theatres and Round 1 Bowling and Amusement. Red Robin, Quick Fire Café, Bamboo Grove and the food court offer shoppers a selection of dining options. The mall currently houses 135 national and specialty retailers that includes Victoria’s Secret with a new Pink store coming in 2016, Express, Bath & Body Works, New York & Company, Gymboree, Famous Footwear and Picture People, to name a few. In addition to shopping and dining, you can also find entertainment options for people of all ages. Movies, bowling, karaoke, video games, a kids train, carousel, bounce houses and a play area are just some of the entertainment components offered at Stratford Square Mall that the community has come to love and enjoy. A large roster of monthly events are also hosted at the mall for everyone to enjoy. For more information on the mall, visit www.StratfordMall.com or call (630) 3519400.
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