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  • Synergy Flavors CEO Rod Sowders recently broke ground on a multiphase $10 million expansion at the Wauconda headquarters.

    Synergy Flavors CEO Rod Sowders recently broke ground on a multiphase $10 million expansion at the Wauconda headquarters.
    Courtesy of Synergy

  • Synergy Flavors launched an expansion in Wauconda in an effort to continue to grow organically and position itself for additional acquisitions.

    Synergy Flavors launched an expansion in Wauconda in an effort to continue to grow organically and position itself for additional acquisitions.
    Courtesy of Synergy

  • Synergy creates innovative flavors for a wide array of products.

    Synergy creates innovative flavors for a wide array of products.

  • Tom Gimbel

    Tom Gimbel

 
 

Synergy Flavors Inc., an international food and beverage flavor company, is expanding again in Wauconda.

The company started construction on the first phase of a project to expand its U.S. headquarters at 1500 Synergy Drive. The first part of the project, expected to be done next year at this time, includes a 40,000-square-foot two-story building and parking lot. The next phase will include another large addition and reconstruction of the manufacturing facility. The entire project is expected to cost about $10 million, said Scott Mortensen, vice president of sales and marketing.

He said the larger campus is needed to accommodate the company's growth and three acquisitions that have taken place over the past several years. Synergy purchased companies in New York and Ohio as well as Vanlab, a 120-year-old vanilla company that was based in Chicago.

"We didn't go to Chicago, we stayed here, in Wauconda," Mortensen said, adding that additional acquisitions are likely in the future. "It's exciting to grow organically and position ourselves for acquisition," he said.

The new facility will be home to the company's sales and marketing, accounting, finance, human resources and IT departments, along with its executive team. Solar panels will be installed to prove an eco-friendly addition to the 200,000-square-foot campus. The company last expanded about three years ago when it moved to its existing location from another part of Wauconda.

Privately held Synergy Flavors is a member of the Irish-based Carbery Group, an international food ingredients and cheese company. Synergy creates innovative flavors in a full range of natural, artificial, organic and suitable for organic flavors for food and beverage manufacturers worldwide. "We create the taste and the taste is what carries the product," Mortensen said. In addition to the U.S., Synergy has production, research and development and technical facilities in the UK, Ireland, Southeast Asia and South America.

The local expansion is expected to accommodate another 100 employees at the headquarters that currently employs about 200.

"The new state-of-the-art building aligns with our company's vision and future growth plans, and will help ensure the company has the people, technology and tools in place to take Synergy Flavors into the future," said CEO Rod Sowders who resides in the Barrington area.

Historic management

KemperSports based in Northbrook has been selected to manage Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. As part of the Colonial Williamsburg destination, the golf offerings at Golden Horseshoe are comprised of the award-winning Gold Course, the Green Course and the nine-hole Spotswood short course.

The Gold Course remains one of the most highly-touted golf courses in the region, including recognition by Golf Digest as No. 79 on its list of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses while GOLF Magazine ranks it as No. 55 on its recent list of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play.

Top ranking

The University of St. Francis in Joliet has ranked as the No. 1 private Master's institution in Illinois by Money magazine in the 2017 "Best Colleges for Your Money" list.

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Growth mode

LaSalle Network, a national staffing, recruiting and culture firm with offices in Arlington, Oak Brook and Chicago, recently opened an office in Nashville.

This marks the firm's sixth office and second outside of Illinois. "We have identified Nashville as a great area of opportunity for us," said Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network. "The city is home to a lot of top talent, as well as many booming industries, and I'm confident our brand will be able to have a big impact there." The newest office comes after the company has hired 100 new employees in the past year, added an additional office in Chicago, and continued organic revenue growth, landing on Inc. Magazine's 500/5000 "Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America" list for ten consecutive years.

Wealth management recognition

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