When Nationwide Freight Systems Inc. needed a new home, it didn't have to look too far. Its new spot currently is under construction along the Randall Road corridor in Elgin, not far from its existing spot, also in Elgin.
The company will be moving to 1385 Madeline Drive in Elgin, near Randall and Big Timber roads. Owner Bob Kuehn said the new spot will be an even better location from which to serve Nationwide Freight System's clients.
"We picked this location because it was close to I-90 and Randall Road, and it would allow us to continue to serve our customer base throughout the Fox Valley area, McHenry County area, as well as the Chicagoland and Rockford areas," Kuehn said.
In the new building the 8-year-old company will continue to warehouse and distribute various commodities for companies that rely on Nationwide Freight Systems for their warehousing needs, Kuehn said.
The company specializes in third party logistics, as well as transportation, he said.
NFS partnered with Pancor Development and Construction of Elgin to build the new headquarters. Currently the walls and roof are up, Kuehn said. The entire building is expected to be complete by Aug. 1, or sooner, Kuehn said. When the new building opens, NFS will close its spot at 2580 Northwest Parkway in Elgin, he said.
Kuehn said the company decided to move because its current lease was up and Nationwide Freight Systems wanted to find a home that was newer and more state-of-the-art. At 47,692 square feet, the new building will be slightly larger than the current spot, he added.
Art by the glass: Gibby's Wine Den along Randall Road in Geneva will be hosting the new opening of a gallery on its business' walls next month.
Throughout the years, the business has supported artists and art lovers in the community by inviting artists to display their works in the business at 1772 S. Randall. Each month, Gibby's features a different artist, who chooses between 10 and 30 pieces to hang on the wine den's gallery wall. The community can come in to Gibby's to view the pieces, as well as to purchase them.
"We want to encourage residents to support our vibrant arts community by buying original artwork by local artists," said Mary McHugh, Art by the Glass program coordinator. "All artwork is for sale, and many artists take commissions for a more personalized piece."
The wine shop usually features the opening of the new artist's work on the first Friday of each month. At the event, the artist is there to answer questions and discuss the pieces.
The next opening, however, will be on the second Friday of the month -- April 13. It will feature Debra Hart, who specializes in scientific illustration. There will also be a Twilight Tasting that evening of the wines of Burgundy. The public can enjoy an evening of art, wine and music by the Jack Ness Duo, which will perform from 6 to 8 p.m.
As part of an ongoing charity program, Gibby's Gives Back!, 10 percent of bar proceeds on April 13 will go to the Kane County Relay For Life Team to help fight cancer.
The event is free and no reservations are required. For information, call (630) 208-6424 or visit gibbys-wine.com.
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