Great Northern
Chicago, IL

333 East Touhy Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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Phone: (877) 632-8767

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Location Overview

The Great Northern Instore facility in Chicago, IL designs and manufactures permanent retail merchandising solutions for regional, national and international consumer packaged goods and retail companies. The permanent display manufacturing capabilities include producing metal, wire, wood, and print display solutions.

Highlights of the Great Northern Chicago campus:

  • Sales, customer service, industrial design, graphic design, engineering, prototyping, production, quality assurance, warehousing, and distribution are located at this facility.
  • 225,000 sq. ft. facility includes 140,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space. Among the highlights are laser cutting, robotic welding, CNC wire forming, automatic mesh welding, powder coating, and computerized order tracking.
  • 173 full time employees


Our capabilities include manufacturing of semi-permanent and permanent displays for your instore display needs.

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Wire Forming

Technology to straighten, bend, and shape wire at high speeds.

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Digital Printing

Our 4-color digital press can run sheets 48 x 96 up to 2” thick – minimal WIP as goods move from printer to cutter and are immediately fed into packaging area for assembly.

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Metal Fabrication

Our flexible array of equipment permits fabrication of a wide variety of wire, tubing, and sheet metal components.

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Powder Coating

Our powder coating offers durable finish in a wide range of color and texture options through an environmentally safe process.

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Packing & Assembly

Our Packing & Assembly Dept. assembles and packs a wide variety of displays from interactive electronic displays to fully assembled endcaps.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is more than a tagline, it is an attitude. At Great Northern, customer challenges are met by an undying spirit to doing what others can’t or won’t. It’s in our DNA. And it is what our customers have come to expect with Great Northern.

How can we exceed your expectations?