John Cain

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CEO, Scot Forge

To earn money while going to college in 1978, John Cain began working at the Scot Forge Company in Cicero, Illinois. Almost forty years later, he still works there, only now he is the president and chief executive officer. Using experience gained through his work as helper on the forge crew in the company’s hammer shop, John moved through the ranks at Scot Forge from working the floor as a blacksmith to eventually serving as plant manager, vice president, and finally president.

Even though he worked 60-hour weeks, he took classes at the College of DuPage to work on his degree. In 1994, his position at Scot Forge required that he relocate his family to Spring Grove, Illinois where the corporate office was located. He also enrolled at McHenry County College, and 2002, John earned an associate’s degree with honors in the Manufacturing Management Program.

Now an education advocate, John has prompted Scot Forge to be one of the most active users of MCC’s Fast Track Program and Center for Commerce and Economic Development. Customized training delivered at Scot Forge has ranged from AutoCAD to a mentoring program developed specifically around the needs of their business.

In addition to being the CEO of a major manufacturing company in McHenry County and employing nearly 1,200 employees, John has volunteered his time with the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation, Board of Directors (2004 - 2006), served on the Advisory Committee for the Academy for High Performance, was a board member for Home of the Sparrow and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and he volunteered at the local Food Pantry in Richmond, IL. He is also active in the CEO Network and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation.