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Cristaux Selected a 2018 Honoree For The Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards

The Daily Herald/Business Ledger 2018 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards recognize business people in the six-county suburban Chicago region who demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including a willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance and business creativity. The honorees were selected from nominations submitted by their peers and examined by a panel of Business Ledger staff members. Companies selected for the awards must be based in or have a significant presence in the suburbs.


The EEA selected Cristaux International’s Andre Janus for the 2018 honor. Andre began his business from his parents’ house and built it into a robust company that employs approximately 50 people. Hard work during his mid-twenties along with help from his partner is testament to his drive, creativity, and vision to develop a people first venture.

Cristaux practices full-transparency within the company and encourages making mistakes for the sake of continual learning. Cristaux integrated a goal of finding as many local and domestic vendors as possible to give Cristaux better alternatives to manufacturing overseas.

In the last 18 months, they have added over 30 vendors in Elk Grove Village alone varying from printers, anodizing, polishing, aluminum cutting, logistics, and more. In doing so, the entire organization as a whole has become much more educated on overall manufacturing than ever before.

Cristaux has invested in CNC and water jet machines for rapid prototyping purposes. Cristaux is also in the process of purchasing newer 3-D printers + 3-D scanners which give them the ability to scan concepts and recreate them in 1/10th the time.

The 2018 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards were presented in a recent ceremony in Elk Grove Village.


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