MITEFChicago-BelowTheRadarAwardLogoBURR RIDGE, Illinois, May 25, 2008 – On May 13, a great crowd enjoyed the Below the Radar™ Awards Program at Drinker Biddle & Reath. GSI Technologies, LLC was honored as the First Place Award winner for the success of its “Lab to Fab” business model. GSI has leveraged its strength in functional printing to carve out new application in the field printed electronics, serving customers in the medical, smart card and solar industries.

GSI’s CTO and GM for the Functional Printing Division, said “I accept this award on behalf of the:
GSI Founders – for instilling the vision,
GSI Investors – for the support to become “World Class,”
GSI Employees – for the hard work through the years and most importantly
Our Customers – for entrusting their product development and production to us.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago Below the Radar™ Innovation Recognition Program recognizes and promotes outstanding examples of innovation in the Chicagoland area that are largely unnoticed by the general business community. While innovation comes in many different flavors, they look at innovation in five categories (innovative enterprises may incorporate one or more of these):

  • Business Model Innovation
  • Design Innovation
  • Technology Innovation
  • Innovation Management
  • Product/Service Innovation

By shining the spotlight on these innovations, MITEF Chicago Below the Radar™ Innovation Recognition Program accelerates the development of a vibrant innovation ecosystem for the Chicagoland area, reaping benefits for innovative enterprises, MITEF Chicago sponsors, MITEF Chicago members, and the general Chicago business community. Their goal is to encourage, nurture, and promote local innovative talent and champion the Chicago area as a “hotbed” for innovative companies across a wide range of industries.

About GSI Technologies
GSI Technologies is a Burr Ridge, Illinois-based manufacturer of functional printing and industrial graphic products. Originally known as Graphic Solutions, Inc., it was created in 1985 as a label and nameplate brokerage by siblings Suzanne and Bob Zaccone. Through the years, it expanded into printing pressure sensitive labels, aluminum nameplates, polycarbonate panels, and conductive printed products for the medical market. In 2000, it became the first licensed manufacturer of thin, flexible batteries in sheet form. Later, it began producing RFID antennas, medical electrodes, smart cards, RFID systems, and electroluminescent lamps. Since 2004, it has been a part of Thrall Enterprises, a family-owned holding company with corporate offices in Chicago.

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