Made In Champaign County

Taylor Studios, Inc.

Founded in 1991, Taylor Studios, Inc. began as a mail-order business creating museum-quality artifacts, fossil reproductions, and exhibits for museums and other clients. Quickly recognized for the passion and expertise brought to each project, the company initially carved out a niche in the paleontology, archaeology, and natural history fields. Today, Taylor Studios is recognized as an industry leader in exhibit planning, design, fabrication, and installation, serving a diversity of clients throughout the country and internationally. Their 3D storytelling now reaches beyond natural history to cultural history, history walls, and immersive environments of all kinds.

Fun facts about the company:

  • They have completed over 700 projects around the world.
  • Their company first fabricated out of a garage and an old chicken coop, but they now have 65,000 square feet of fabrication space (as big as the White House).
  • It takes 80 hours to sculpt a bird model.
  • The heaviest exhibit element they’ve created is a 3.5 ton woolly mammoth for the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.
  • They eat about 520 tacos every year thanks to Taco Tuesday at a local restaurant.

Learn more at https://taylorstudios.com/.

Frasca International, Inc.

Frasca International manufactures flight simulators for all aircraft types, fixed and rotary wing, used for pilot training for airlines, flight schools, colleges and universities, military, law enforcement, air evac and commercial organizations. Since its founding in 1958, over 3,000 Frasca simulators have been delivered worldwide.

Fun facts about the company:

  • Frasca International was founded in 1958 by Rudy Frasca.
  • Over 3,000 devices have been delivered to 70 countries worldwide.
  • The company is family-owned.
  • Frasca is ISO: 9001 certified.

Learn more at https://www.frasca.com/.

Wirco Foundry

The movement of the world economy depends on forging, casting, and working of metal parts. Wirco is integral to the supply chain of thousands of companies who work daily to create metal gears, axles, fasteners, turbine blades, steel (sheet, plate, rod coil), and countless other metal items needed in industries across the globe. Many of these metal parts require high-temperature transformations like carburizing, nitriding, and annealing. Those operations are performed in high-temperature heat treatment furnaces, which Wirco helps to keep operating through the supply of manufactured stainless steel furnace replacement parts. These parts take on many forms but can best be grouped into the following categories: gas and electric fired radiant tubes, furnace rolls, high-temperature fans, in-furnace material handling systems, and stainless steel furnace shells such as muffles, pit retorts, and salt pots.

Since 1941, the foundry division of Wirco, Incorporated has been continually producing stainless steel castings at their newly renovated Champaign, Illinois foundry complex. The Wirco foundry has an established history of producing long-lasting alloy castings purchased by thousands of clients in North America and the larger global marketplace. Unlike other alloy foundries, the Wirco foundry focuses specifically on heat-resistant stainless steels, found primarily in tooling and furnace components utilized in the heat-treating and steel production industries.

Products made by company:

  • Heat Treating fixtures
  • Heat Treating furnace components

Learn more at https://www.wirco.com/.

 

APL Engineered Materials

APL is known worldwide as a premier global supplier of high purity & ultra-dry metal halides, amalgams, metal and other advance materials for a wide range of markets including lighting, energy, scintillation and other high technology markets. The company was established in Urbana as Anderson Physics Labs in 1944 by Dr. Scott Anderson to perform sponsored experimental research in molecular physics. In the late 1950s, under a grant from the US Atomic Energy Commission, Anderson Physics Laboratory began to purify alkali halides. The development of metal-halide lamps around this time required high purity, dry salts. APL’s patented process of producing ultra-dry, high purity salts increased the efficiency and life of high pressure discharge lamps. Over the years, APL developed several products and added sales offices globally to help customers solve issues and make better lamps. Their client list include all major lighting companies such as Venture Lighting, Signify, Osram, Ledvance, Tungsram, etc.

With the decline in conventional lamps since the advent of the LEDs, APL has expanded their product offering to add products for the radiation detection market. High purity, dry halide salts made using APL’s proprietary technology is used by customers to grow single-crystals and thin films for national security and medical imaging applications.

Learn more at http://aplmaterials.com/.

Fun facts about the company:

  • Over 75% percent of the metal halide lamps, lamps used in stadiums and outdoor lights, use SALTS made at APL.
  • 90% of the high-pressure sodium lamps, lamps used for outdoor lighting and horticulture, use AMALGAMS made at APL.
  • In the past, APL LAMPS were used in 2004 Olympics in Athens, Washington Monument, NASCAR circuit, Chrysler building, bridges in Miami, and french fry lamps in McDonald’s.
  • In the past, APL SALTS were used for lamps in Vegas, Lakeshore drive, underwater for fishing, and the first night game at Wrigley field.

Inprentus

Inprentus manufactures the most efficient high line density diffraction gratings in the world. Inprentus was founded in June 2012 by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign physics professor Peter Abbamonte to commercialize an innovative nano-scale scribing technology, which is a technique for carrying out precision lithography via mechanical deformation of metallic surfaces.

The company, based in Champaign, manufactures blazed diffraction gratings used at a growing list of synchrotrons and free electron laser facilities around the world. These are large, government-operated research facilities where research scientists use diffraction gratings in spectrometer and monochromator instrumentation. They use infrared, ultra-violet and x-ray radiation to study the properties of novel materials, pharmaceuticals, environmental science, physics and life sciences, which advance the core research of a long list of large industries.

Learn more at https://www.inprentus.com/.

Fun facts about the company:

  • Inprentus has customers on 4 continents.
  • Did you know that Inprentus can scribe lines in the 10 nanometer range? Nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter.
  • Four of the largest U.S. national labs are customers of Inprentus.
  • An Inprentus production machine uses as much as 286 gallons of cooling fluid per hour.
  • The Environment Control Cabinet for an Inprentus ruling machine has over 500 individual wires.
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