Northwest Business Magazine
Rockford’s long manufacturing heritage is an advantage to firms that hire skilled craftsmen, says Tom Busse, president of Rockford Toolcraft, a tool and die firm in Rockford. He adds that some other parts of the country don’t possess the same legacy and work ethic.
The 2017 Manufacturing Leaders Roundtable

In a world of evolving technologies, volatile political climates and global power shifts, there’s much to concern us but much to make us hopeful. We met with six local manufacturing leaders to reflect on what most impacts their companies.

Former facilitators of Next Rockford (clockwise, from top left): Jeff Hultman, Kris Kieper Machajewski, John Groh, Frank Haney, Scott Anderson
Next Rockford: Preparing for the City’s Future

The millenial generation is now the largest segment of the American workforce, and in Rockford, they’re developing their talents with a group of like-minded young professionals.






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Transform Rockford: Choosing to Make ‘Compassionate Impacts’

In its effort to create a Top 25 community by 2025, Transform Rockford is nurturing a group that takes a decidedly different approach to charitable requests.






To Gary Akerman, the shoe business is all about customer service and offering what people of all ages want and need.
Success Stories: Akerman Shoes

This family-owned footwear store has endured through many industry changes, but one thing that hasn’t changed is its dedication to providing friendly customer service and knowledgeable salespeople.






For 18 years, Robert Ewald’s company has provided three core services to property owners: mowing, seeding and fertilizing lawns.
Success Stories: Ewald Services Inc.

Success goes hand-in-hand with tenacity for this Rockford-area entrepreneur, who’s built a thriving business on providing quality lawn services. But business isn’t the only part of his life where tenacity rules.