Made In Champaign County

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.




Flex-N-Gate had its beginnings in Urbana, Illinois in 1956, building After Market Accessories for Pick-Up Trucks. 1968 marked the start of a transition into becoming a designer and supplier of parts designed for and exclusively sold directly to the auto manufacturers. Today, Flex-N-Gate produces parts for virtually all of the vehicles produced in North America as well as many of the vehicles produced in other areas of the world.

Products: Front & Rear Steel Bumper Systems, Front & Rear Plastic Bumper Systems, Towing Hitches, Exterior Lighting Systems, Interior Plastics, Exterior Trim Components, Mechanical Assemblies, Large Underbody Stampings and Assemblies.

Fun Facts:

Flex-N-Gate derived its name from its original product…a gate for a Stock Rack that rolled up like a garage door, thus a “Flexing Gate”.

Shahid Khan, the owner of Flex-N-Gate, also owns the Urbana Country Club and Flightstar Corporation in Champaign County. Mr. Khan also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Team as well as the Fulham Soccer Team of the European Premiere League.

Flex-N-Gate was the 13th largest Automotive Supplier in North America in 2012 (per the 6-17-13 Edition of Automotive News).

Flex-N-Gate operates 48 manufacturing facilities in 6 countries & employs over 13,000 associates (over 700 in Champaign County).

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