September 2017

HST Materials Founder Talks about How Hiring the Right HR Services Provider was a Game-Changer for her Manufacturing Business

“In the manufacturing industry, efficiency is critical to the bottom line and employee satisfaction is important to creating a consistently high-quality product and keeping customers happy. A good PEO helps your business achieve both efficiency and employee satisfaction,” says Kathryn. “This is what we found with TriNet. Assigning HR duties to a third party may seem like an unnecessary expense but it is ultimately a sound investment in your own success.”

A big thank you to Industry Today for featuring HST Materials, Inc. in an article detailing the company’s Human Resources journey. Read the full story here!

June 28, 2017

Kat Polomsky
Daily Herald Media Group

Daily Herald Business Ledger Honors Local Executives

Fifteen local C-level executives will be honored in the C-Suite Awards of the Year hosted by the Daily Herald Business Ledger and their sponsoring partners.

The awards will be presented at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. to be held on Thursday, July 27 at the Danada House Conference Center located at 3S501 Naperville Road, Wheaton and will begin with Keynote Speaker: Susan Fronk, President & CEO of MRA-The Management Association.  Presenting sponsors for this year’s awards are Growth Law and Northern Illinois University Graduate School of Business.  The honorees will also be profiled in the August 21 issue of the Business Ledger.

This year’s honorees are:

  • James Chakires, President & CEO, Apex CPAs & Consultants
  • Jill Albin-Hill, Vice President of Technology & Operations
  • Michael A. Kasper, CEO, DuPage Medical Group
  • David J. Gewalt, Principal & CFO, Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc
  • Kathryn Miller, President & Owner, HST Materials, Inc.
  • Terry M. Iverson, President & CEO, Iverson & Company
  • Allison Weakly, Vice President, JAK Creative Design
  • Jordan Sadoff, CEO, RESTORE Holdings, LLC
  • Michael G. O’Rourke, President & CEO, Signature Bank
  • Kevin Bastuga, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Signature Bank
  • Bryan Duncan, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Signature Bank
  • John Reynertson, President, Sturtevasnt Richmont
  • Larry Deetjen, Village Manager, Village of Oak Lawn
  • Michele Needham, Executive Director of Human Resources, Waubonsee Community College
  • Brian Blaha, Chief Growth Partner, Wipfli LLP

The mission of the C-Suite Awards is to honor top C-level executives who contribute to the success of our region’s economic growth and stability.

Consideration is given to the C-Suite’s contributions to their company / organization’s overall growth, commitment to good ethics, and involvement in the community. Candidates must work for a business or organization with a presence in the suburban Chicago region (DuPage County, Kane County / Fox Valley, suburban Cook County, Will County, McHenry County and Lake County).

For more information,

January 2017

HST Materials, Inc. Named 3M™ Preferred Converte

HST Materials, Inc., a custom die-cutter and fabricator in the automotive, appliance, lighting and industrial products markets, has been named a 3M™ Specialty Die Cutter Preferred Converter, effective January 1, 2017. The highest designation any 3M™ partner can attain, a Preferred Converter title demonstrates HST’s unique capabilities along with 3M™ technology to meet product and process requirements. HST Materials, Inc. is the sixth Preferred Converter in the Chicagoland area.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from 3M™, who recognizes our hard work and commitment to their outstanding products,” said Kathryn Miller, president of HST Materials, Inc. “HST rose from a 3M™ Select Converter to a Preferred Converter is just three years, and we are thrilled to solidify our partnership with this industry leader and become a more valued partner to 3M™ and to our customers who use their products.”

HST Materials, Inc. die-cuts and fabricates silicone sponge and dense rubber, plastics, films and 3M™ tapes. The company produces gaskets, seals, molded rubber parts and many custom designed elastomer and tape solutions to the OEM market.

3M™ is a global innovation company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that provides products, ranging from health care and highway safety to office products and abrasives and adhesives, to both the business and consumer markets. With over $30 billion in sales in 2015, 3M™ provides scientists, researchers and marketers across the world and across subjects to solve challenges by applying their technologies to real-world customer needs.

Founded in 1987, HST Materials, Inc. will celebrate 30 years in business in 2017. In addition to the 3M™ Preferred Supplier status, HST is a certified WBE by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and is certified to ISO 9001 standards.

June 2016

Eleni Pantelias Joins HST Materials, Inc. as Marketing Coordinator

Eleni Pantelias Eleni Pantelias has joined HST Materials, Inc. as Marketing Coordinator, it was announced by Kathryn Miller, President of the Elk Grove Village-based custom fabricator of rubber and plastic gasketing. In the newly created position, Pantelias will be responsible for marketing activities, including advertising, publicity and expanding the company’s presence on social media.

“We are thrilled to welcome Eleni to the HST team,” said Miller in making the announcement. “She brings a wealth of marketing, special event and social media experience and these skills will be a great asset as we continue to grow the business.”

A 2015 graduate of Illinois State University with a BS in Recreation Management and Des Plaines, Illinois native, Pantelias previously was a Community Relations and Game Operation Intern for the Chicago Sky women’s basketball team. She also served as a Sports Consultancy Intern for EXACT Sports in Chicago.

Founded in 1987, HST Materials, Inc. die cuts and fabricates adhesives and tapes, high performance silicones, rubber, plastics and other non-metallic materials. The company produces gaskets, seals, molded rubber parts and many custom designed elastomer and tape solutions to the OEM Market. HST Materials is a WBENC certified Woman Owned Business and is certified to ISO 9001 standards.

May 2016

HST Materials is hiring for the 2016-2017 school year!

Light Assembly positions are available for high school students age 16 years or older. Job duties include cleaning and stacking parts, packaging, and kitting. Part time positions will be open starting August 8th, 2016.

Join us for an Open House at HST’s facility on May 19th to learn more about the available positions and to learn about working with us!

See the video and flyer below for more information!


High School Recruitment Flyer

High School Recruitment

April 2016

HST Visits Orlando for Gasket Fabricators Association’s Gasketing/Converting Expo

Gasket Fabricators Association

March 2016

The Daily Herald Business Ledger’s 2016 Annual Awards for Business Excellence Ceremony, March 16th

Kathryn Miller (left), President and Owner, and Larry Barch, Quality Manager, with HST’s newest award.

On Wednesday evening, HST Materials, Inc. was recognized as an honoree at the 2016 Annual Awards for Business Excellence in the Small Company category. With over 200 business executives, friends, and associates in attendance, Kathryn Miller, president and owner, accepted the award on behalf of HST.

For over 28 years, HST Materials, Inc. has credited its success to a blend of engineering, innovation, quality, customer service, safety, charity, and consistency. As our mission statement reads, “HST is committed to timely and attentive customer service, quality products, competitive pricing, and on time delivery. Our goal is to be a valuable partner with our customers to build customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.” Our success has been proven as we have seen growth in 11 out of the past 12 years and double digit growth in seven of those years.

HST Materials continues to invest in itself through new machinery, obtaining new capabilities, aggressively pursuing new customers with competitive pricing, expert engineering consultation, and innovative marketing and branding tactics. We are continually updating and improving our operation processes and systems, making sound business decisions through metric based analysis, and improving the surrounding community through charitable investments.

HST Materials, Inc. will be profiled in a special publication of The Daily Herald Business Ledger published on April 18, 2016.

STEMapalooza 2016

Owner and President of HST Materials, Inc., Kathryn Miller, volunteered at this year’s STEMapalooza on Saturday, March 5th. STEMapalooza is an annual event that has been put in place by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and TMA Illinois to encourage young girls to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year, the girls were able to see a 3D printer in action and create their own custom jewelry designs by using springs, beads and help from sponsors including HST Materials.


February 2016

HST Materials, Inc. Selected as Honoree for 2016 Annual Awards for Business Excellence by the Daily Herald Business Ledger

HST Materials, Inc. is among 22 honorees selected for the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s 26th Annual Awards for Business Excellence (AABE). The AABEs are presented in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement.  Honorees this year were selected in 9 categories of competition.  HST Materials, a fabricator and die cutter of custom seals and gaskets, is being recognized in the category of Small Size Employer Companies.

“We are thrilled to be among other suburban based companies and organizations to receive this recognition from the Daily Herald,” said Kathryn Miller, president of HST Materials, Inc.  “The award represents our company’s hard work and commitment to continuous improvement and growth.”

HST Materials will be recognized at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Medinah Banquets in Addison, IL and will be profiled in a special publication of the Daily Herald Business Ledger published on April 18, 2016.

Daily Herald Business Ledger

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Press Release February 9, 2016

2016 AABE Recipients Named

Twenty-two (22) suburban based companies and business organizations have been selected as honorees of the 26th Annual Awards for Business Excellence (AABEs). The AABEs are presented in recognition of business achievement, growth and community involvement. Honorees this year were selected in 9 categories of competition.

The award recipients will be recognized at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Medinah Banquets in Addison.  The recipient companies and organizations will be profiled in a special publication of the Daily Herald Business Ledger published on April 18, 2016.

By category, the 2016 recipients are:

Small Size Employer Companies (under 50 employees)

  • HST Materials, Elk Grove Village
  • Pro-Home Services, Glen Ellyn
  • Rainbow International of South & West Suburbs, Hickory Hills
  • Spec Engineering, Plainfield
  • Swapadventure, Mount Prospect
  • Sweet Peas Design, Libertyville

Mid-sized Employer Company (51-150 employees)

  • B2B Industrial Packaging, Addison
  • Optomi, Downers Grove
  • Proven Business Systems, Tinley Park
  • Willow Services Home Care & Hospice, Plainfield

Large Employer Company (over 150 employees)

  • NICOR Gas, an AGL Resources Company
  • COTG – A Xerox Company

Architecture & Construction

  • Aldridge Electric, Libertyville
  • Riley Construction, Lake Bluff


  • America’s Best Pop & Jazz Standards, Orland Hills

Family Business

  • Imperial Crane Services, Bridgeview


  • Bison Gear & Engineering, St. Charles
  • HM Manufacturing, Wauconda
  • Royal Die & Stamping, Carol Stream

Minority Owned Business

  • Infinite Systems Support, St. Charles

Notable Not-for-Profit Organizations

  • Clearbrook, Arlington Heights
  • Giving DuPage, Wheaton

Marketing Partners are the Valley Industrial Association (VIA), the Construction Industries Service Corporation (CISCO), the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce (QCAACC), the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC), DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) and MRA-The Management Association.For additional information call about the awards program call Jim Elsener, Mgr. of Business Development, at 630-955-3593 or contact via e-mail at:

The Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family.

Cost to attend the reception is $55 per person or a corporate rate of $250 for 10.   Registrations are taken online at

Focus Capital Advisors, Northern Illinois University MBA Program and B. Gunther & Co. are Presenting Sponsors. Corporate Sponsor is All Funds & Games (formerly Leaderboard Tournament Systems).

January 2016

Future Engineers Invent Cone of Silence for HST Materials, Inc.


Jack Miller (left), mechanical engineering student at the University of Iowa and Eric Jordan, sound engineering student at Illinois State University, revisit HST Materials, Inc. in Elk Grove Village where they see their Cone of Silence project in action on the production floor. The future engineers were challenged as summer interns to design a sound deadening cover for HST’s Atom Flashcut Flex machine. Their resulting three-layer sound dampening and absorption cover designed by the students reduced the machine’s noise by 11 decibels, eliminating the need for HST employees to wear ear protection in the facility. As a result of the successful internship project, HST Materials, Inc., a fabricator and die cutter of silicone sponge and dense rubber, foams, plastics and tapes, was awarded the Excellence in Business Innovation Award by the Village of Elk Grove.


Jack (left) and Eric use a decibel sound level meter to record the level of noise emitted from the Atom Flashcut Flex on the production floor at HST Materials, Inc.

Check out the video below to hear the new-and-improved Atom Flashcut Flex with the Cone of Silence!

Thank you to Jack and Eric for helping HST Materials, Inc. reach Excellence in Innovation!

October 2015

HST Materials, Inc. is a proud recipient of 2015 Elk Grove Village Business Excellence Award for Innovation.


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