Made In Champaign County

Dart Container Corporation

The Dart story begins with a small machine shop in Michigan known as Dart Manufacturing Company. Established in 1937, this modest business prospered through the manufacture of such products as plastic key cases, steel tape measures, and identification tags for the armed services. Subsequent experimentation with expandable polystyrene in the late 1950s led to a line of high quality insulated foam cups, and Dart Container Corporation was born. On May 4, 2012 Solo Cup Company was acquired by Dart Container Corporation.


Foam cups, containers and lids; Plastic cups and lids, Fusion cups, Plastic cutlery, Bowls, Portion containers and lids, and more.

Fun Facts (Solo History)

1950s – Solo introduces 2-piece wax-lined cold cups for serving cold drinks at drive-in theaters throughout the country.

1970s – Solo introduces its signature red plastic cup.

2004 – Solo works with Starbucks and its suppliers to develop the first-ever FDA approved paper hot cups made with 10% post-consumer recycled fiber.

2010 – Solo Cup Company partners with the Chicago Cubs to introduce the “Real Fans Recycle” program at Wrigley Field. Fans can now recycle all of their plastic cups in specially marked bins throughout the park. In its first season, the Chicago Cubs and its fans divert approximately 165,000 pounds of cardboard and plastic material out of the waste stream and back into the market in a recycled form.

2011 – Solo celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2011. Started on the south side of Chicago during the Great Depression, Solo is now a $1.6 billion global company with facilities in Europe and The Americas.

Columbia Street Roastery

Columbia Street Roastery is a local company that sells coffee & tea. At Columbia Street Roastery, they consider coffee and what they do with it to be more than just a job – it is about creating a product that they are proud of, as well as one that those who both grew and processed the coffee would be pleased and proud of.

Columbia Street Roastery is proud to be a self-contained coffee operation.  Any product which bears the Columbia Street Roastery name is roasted and packaged at their local plant on Columbia Street in half, one, two or five pound bags and even fractional packs ready for brewing.


Coffee & Tea

Fun Facts

CSR directly imports teas from China, India and Sri Lanka for CSR’s line of traditional, decaffeinated and flavored iced teas.

CSR roasts 19 different varietals from 16 different countries.  These coffees can be purchased as single varietals or blended to supply restaurants and coffee houses throughout a 100-mile radius of Champaign-Urbana via a delivery route system.

The Herriott family has had a business in Champaign-Urbana, IL since 1951. Herriott Cities Service gas station was the initial business started by their father, Merle.

They have regular tours of the facilities on alternate Saturdays. Tours include the bean room, the Roastery, the tasting room and the warehouse.

BRG Sports

BRG Sports is a leading designer, developer and marketer of sports equipment and accessories that enhance athletic performance and protection. With Bell, Riddell, Giro, C-Preme and Blackburn, the company’s brand portfolio sets the standard for innovation and excellence in football as well as snow, action and power sports. The company has grown over the years through a selective acquisition of other technology-based sporting goods companies, bringing on Riddell in 2003; Bell and Giro in 2004.

For more than 80 years, sports enthusiasts at all levels have selected BRG products for their innovative designs and advanced materials. The company’s brands boast a number of “firsts,” including the first football helmet to achieve the highest protective 5-STAR rating by Virginia Tech University and auto racing helmets.


Bell Helmets, Riddell, Giro, Blackburn, and C-Preme.

Fun Facts

Over 4.3 million helmets produced each year – the first “Made in the USA” helmet rolled out in June 2014. Over 130,000 NFL replica helmets produced annually. Over 100,000 child carriers assembled annually. Over 70,000 car racks assembled annually.

The building is LEED designed — 797,321 sf building footprint.

The Rantoul facility is the Global Distribution, Transportation and Logistics base for BRG Sports.

BRG continually invests in research, design and development to improve the performance and protective advantage of its products – an investment that has yielded approximately 325 patents to date.

Acoustic MedSystems

Acoustic MedSystems, Inc. (AMS) specializes in the design of ultrasound and radiation therapy systems and instrumentation for treatment of localized diseases.

AMS specializes in applications of treatment planning and image-guided interventions using ablative therapy technologies and radiation therapy. The specific products are ablation/radiation treatment planning, delivery guidance software and systems, and high intensity needle-based and catheter-based interventional devices for thermal ablative therapy. These devices create highly conformal (shape, volume) controlled high-intensity ultrasound energy delivery for customized patient-specific treatment. The company’s primary initiatives use its core competencies in interventional image guidance, ultrasound ablation technology, treatment planning / dose optimization, and clinical systems integration to develop minimally invasive devices and integrated systems for treatment of localized cancers and other disorders.


RadVision™ – A Brachytherapy Treatment Planning System & TheraVision™ – An Image-Guided Ultrasound Ablation Technology

Fun Facts

AMS partners with research teams at several major universities throughout the U.S.A. and Canada for development and commercialization of advanced medical technologies and medical robotics applications.

Acoustic MedSystems, Inc. (AMS) is pioneering a new, minimally invasive therapy and image-guided technology ACOUSTx™ to treat localized diseases, including localized cancer and benign diseases.

2014 Innovation Celebration Longevity Award Finalist.


Volition was created in November 1996 after Parallax Software split into two companies (Volition and Outrage Entertainment). The studio is located in Downtown Champaign (over 200 employees) and is the creator of the Saints Row, Red Faction, FreeSpace and Summoner video game franchises and The Punisher game released in 2005. Volition was an independent developer until being acquired in September 2000 by THQ. After THQ’s bankruptcy and dissolution, they were acquired by Koch Media in January 2013 and publish titles under their Deep Silver games label. Their latest game – Saints Row IV – was released on August 20, 2013. They are currently working on and releasing downloadable content packs for Saints Row IV and planning for future titles.


Video Game Software for the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4

Fun Facts

Red Faction Guerrilla, Red Faction Armageddon, Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV were each nominated for several industry awards. Their latest title – Saints Row IV – has won the most, including 11 “Best of” awards at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

Their latest game – Saints Row IV – sold more than one million copies worldwide in its first week of release.

They have worked with famous Hollywood actors/celebrities to do voices for their games, including Burt Reynolds, Daniel Dae Kim, Mila Kunis, Keith David, Tia Carrere, Neil Patrick Harris, Thomas Jane, Jason Statham and Hulk Hogan.

Saints Row 3 had about 86,000 lines of dialogue & Saints Row IV has approximately 2.15 million lines of code, not including tools used in production.



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