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Cubs' World Series trophy visits IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. in Sycamore

04/04/2017

(Taken from daily-chronicle.com)

By Stephanie Markham - smarkham@shawmedia.com

SYCAMORE – Becky Spears never thought she would get to see the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series trophy up close. That is, until she arrived at work Monday morning.

The piece of baseball history was in Sycamore for an hour-and-a-half at Ideal Industries, 1800 S. Prairie Drive, where employees posed for photos wearing their favorite Cubs jerseys and hats.

Spears, a T-stripper line operator, posed for a family photo next to the trophy with her mother and two aunts, who have worked at the company for decades.

“My grandma, their mother, was a huge Cub fan, and it’s just kind of been a family tradition,” Spears said.

Spears also said she was able to take her children to a Cubs game in 2016with tickets she won through Ideal.

“It was really cool that [the trophy] came here,” she said. “It was a surprise for sure.”

Ideal began its corporate partnership with the Cubs at the beginning of the 2016 baseball season. The company installed a wireless lighting control system called Audacy in the new clubhouse and locker rooms at Wrigley Field. 
Bill McLane, software engineering manager for the Audacy team, said the lighting system can be controlled and adjusted remotely using apps to create a more dynamic experience for players.

“With their championship, it’s neat that we feel we’re just a little bit a piece of that, providing comfort in the locker room and making that experience off the field that much more exciting for them,” he said.

McLane said working with the Cubs organization has been surreal, especially celebrating a World Series win the same year Ideal Industries turned 100 years old.

“When we stepped in, we never knew that this was where it was going to end for the Cubs, but it was extremely exciting,” he said.

Paulette Womak, administrative assistant at Ideal, said she was on the committee that helped arrange the trophy’s appearance.

“This is good for employees,” she said. “It takes all of us to make anything possible. We all work together.”

Womak said any employee who wanted to take a picture with the trophy was able to sign up for a time slot between 9 and 10:30 a.m.

“We have a lot of Cubs fans here,” she said. “Everybody follows the Cubs, especially with our involvement with our corporate sponsorship.”

While waiting in line for a photo with the trophy, Wendy Sharp, a cycle counter in the distribution center, recalled listening to Cubs games with her grandmother.

“I wish she would have been here to see it,” Sharp said. “That’s probably what started it for me, was my grandma being [a fan].”

Nylietta Rosenfeld, team leader in the distribution center, said she was grateful for the opportunity to see the trophy Monday.

“Usually, you don’t get to get your picture taken with the trophy, unless you want to go far and wait in line a long time,” she said.

While waiting in line Monday, Faye Hyde, a receiving clerk at Ideal, recalled attending her first Cubs game in 1974.

“[The Cubs] are going to do it again this year!” she said.

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