Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation Honors Sterling Lumber Company

With an unprecedented five-year growth rate of 569%, it’s no wonder the Sterling Lumber Company received the prestigious 2016 Big Shoes Award at the second annual celebration of excellence in manufacturing on Chicago’s south side.

Jack Lanigan Sr, MiJack and Lanco Industries founder and inaugural CSEDC Big Shoes recipient, presented the award to John Sterling and four sons at Calumet Country Club. Phoenix Mayor Terry Wells congratulated the Sterlings, admitting he knew several years ago that the family-owned company was exactly what the Southland needed to move forward.

Sterling CEO Carter Sterling acknowledged the significance of Lanigan’s hand-off and dwelled on the role of teamwork in Sterling’s success. “Yes we’re a family however we’re aware that our individual contributions are crucial to driving and elevating company performance,” he said.

Sterling consolidated its operations in Phoenix in 2013. With six decades in the business, the Illinois-based company is a national leader in the production and installation of ground protection mats essential in building electrical transmission and distribution networks, as well as major highway and bridge infrastructure. The Sterling brothers have earned a spot in Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty listing for the past two years