Made In Champaign County

Advanced Filtration Systems Inc.

Established in June 1986, Advanced Filtration Systems Inc. (AFSI) manufactures liquid filters using automated, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) techniques. Highly automated production techniques enable AFSI to manufacture filters of the highest quality at competitive prices. The filters are used in lube, fuel, and hydraulic applications.

AFSI has been recognized for exemplary efforts in creating a progressive work environment focusing on quality and employee involvement and safe practices both internally and externally. Caterpillar has recognized AFSI since 1993 as a certified supplier of quality and material filters.

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ShapeMaster Inc.

In January 1990, ShapeMaster was formed because they saw a need to provide buyers, engineers, inventors, and designers with the ability to order small or large quantities of solutions in plastics and other materials for the manufacturing of their products; regardless of their size, they receive the same high level quality of service.

Their centrally located Ogden, Illinois facility has since expanded three times to accommodate the latest technology, including new thermoformers, injection molding machinery, and a metal machine shop, allowing them to enhance their production abilities to better serve their customers. From vacuum forming, drape forming, and pressure forming to CNC machining and custom fabrication, they take pride in their ability to take your project from conceptual design to production including 2D or 3D drawings, materials research, custom tooling, prototyping, replication of existing parts, and custom package design – all within their facility to maximize your return on investment.

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Fun facts about the company:

  • They have clients from around the world, including England, Canada, Brazil, and New Zealand.
  • They have hired, trained, and employed hundreds of people who live right here in Champaign County.
  • ShapeMaster has weathered a tornado (1996), a fire (2005), and many floods.

Litania Sports Group

Litania Sports Group is the parent company of two market-leading brands in the sports facility market, Gill Athletics and Porter Athletic.

Gill Athletics, founded in 1918, is the official Track Equipment Corporate Partner of the NFHS and the Official Equipment Supplier of the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Gill equipment is used all over the world including all levels of competition from colleges to high schools to masters’ competitions. Porter Athletic, founded in 1868, is recognized by coaches, architects, contractors and school administrators as the leader in the gymnasium equipment market. Porter equipment is featured in more award-winning athletic facility construction projects than any other brand.

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Fun facts about the company:

  • Gill Athletics founder, Harry Gill, helped organize the NCAA, and then won the very first NCAA championship as coach of the University of Illinois track & field team.
  • Porter Athletic was the originator of the first fan shaped basketball backboard and first glass basketball backboard.
  • Men’s and Women’s javelin world records were set with Gill manufactured implements.
  • Gill Athletics is the largest pole-vaulting pole manufacturer in the world.
  • Their equipment can be found inside The White House & Mark Wahlberg’s home gym.


Silgan Closures

Silgan Closures is a leading worldwide manufacturer of both metal and plastic closures for consumer goods products. Their products include: steel and aluminum containers for human and pet food and general line products; metal and plastic closures and dispensing systems for food, beverage, health care, garden, personal care, home and beauty products; and custom designed plastic containers for personal care, food, health care, pharmaceutical, household and industrial chemical, pet food and care, agricultural, automotive and marine chemical products.

Here in Champaign they manufacture plastic closures for the food and beverage industry, such as sports drink, water, juice and dairy products. They strive toward sustainability by reducing their carbon footprint, selecting like-minded suppliers, and by providing as many recyclable products as possible. Their recent energy-efficient lighting retrofit is generating an annual savings of 953,000 kilowatt-hours, the equivalent of 658 metric tons of CO2 per year at a single facility.

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