Winner 2012 AABE Awards

For some, a garage is a place to store your car. For others, it is a place to store unused exercise equipment. But for Craig Zoberis, the garage is the place he started his successful Burr Ridge business, Fusion OEM.

Fusion OEM is an equipment manufacturing company specializing in private labeling products for industrial automation. It manufactures products for the printing, packaging, medical and food-service industries. Fusion has also developed custom machines for clients ranging from the automotive to the electronics industries.

In 2002, Zoberis manufactured his first product, the Sheet Feeder, for a distributor of Swiss manufactured cutting systems. Today, Fusion has 42 employees and two buildings for the machining and assembly of its products.

In 2009, Fusion was awarded a spot on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in America. Today Fusion OEM has more than 25 customers and manufactures over 100 products that include everything from simple assemblies of machined parts to complex electromechanical industrial machinery and electrical control panels. Annual revenue has grown from $155,000 in 2002 to almost $7 million in 2011.


The Annual Awards for Business Excellence highlight successful suburban businesses and organizations and honor the people who make them successful. The AABE’s, given for business achievement, growth, and community involvement, are presented to outstanding businesses with a significant presence in the suburban circulation area of the Daily Herald Business Ledger. Businesses are nominated by individuals, businesses, or organizations and must then submit portfolios of supporting materials for judging. Honorees are recognized at an evening reception hosted by the daily herald business ledger.