The plant of Chemtool, the plant that exploded in Rockton near the Wisconsin border today, started in Crystal Lake.
There still is a facility on Ridgefield Road in Crystal Lake.
The firm decided it needed a larger footprint and trying to obtain it west of Marengo.
When they did not work out, an attempt to locate in Garden Prairie was considered.
Eventually, the Beloit Corporation property in Rockton was acquired.
It is near the Rock River and fire fighters have decided not to pour so much water on the fire that runoff will pollute the waterway.
Jim Athans announced the sale of his company to Warren Buffett’s Birkshire Hathaway in 2011.