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AmCraft Manufacturing, Inc.

Mark Deutsch, owner and president of AmCraft Manufacturing, Inc., has become a success by utilizing what he knows how to do best and by constantly changing his product offerings to meet the demands of a changing business market.

He learned how to cut and sew leather as a high-school student by taking a part-time job in a shoe repair shop. As soon as he graduated from high school, he bought part of the business with money he had saved. After he saw the leather shoe market decline in the 1980s because of the gym shoe craze, Deutsch turned his skills with leather to repairing damaged luggage from the airlines, eventually building up a 55-person operation. When airlines started handling damage claims by giving out travel vouchers and new luggage instead of repairing old bags, he once again changed his strategy.

"By this point, I realized that I couldn't base my business on any one product," Deutsch says. "I needed to diversify on an on-going basis by marketing our core competencies."

Thus AmCraft Manufacturing was started in 1999, in a 7,500-square-foot building at 167 Joey Drive in Elk Grove Village purchased to take advantage of the proximity of O'Hare Airport. The new business began by manufacturing PCA (pre conditioned air) hoses used to ventilate aircraft on the ground. AmCraft soon branched out into producing a variety of custom sewn industrial fabric and RF (radio frequency) welded vinyl products such as protective covers, industrial curtains, duffel bags, and tennis court windscreens for approximately 300 customers, both overseas and in the United States.

"We have plans to continue to grow not only in volume, but also in the type of products we offer," says Deutsch. "We're going to migrate to more technical types of products such as clean room enclosures, data center containment and climate control enclosures."

 
 
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