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Participating Companies

Featured Illinois Manufacturer:
DRIFT Eyewear
About Company   Chicago, IL
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DRIFT Eyewear seeks to change the way optical frames look and feel; not just by the product itself, but through the approach to creating it.

Our business is rooted in the idea that glasses can be more than just functional accessories. We have a broad field of influence, from the architecturally inspired steel core of our wood temple, to the resonant beauty of the Delta Blues.


In an era of rapid product development, we've discovered that the best methods aren't always the easiest. A pairing of new-school technology and old-school craftmanship providethe foundation of our 2000 square foot Chicago studio, where every DRIFT frame is made by hand, by real people.


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Boutique Optical Manufacturer

Contact Information:

Chris Mantz



From earth moving equipment to automobiles; medical devices to consumer products, Illinois is home to 20,000 manufacturers employing nearly 600,000 people. 

IMEC, along with our strategic partners, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and other friends of manufacturing, have launched this on-line resource to showcase the diversity of products made here and celebrate the companies that manufacture them. In towns from Chicago to Carbondale, manufacturing is the engine that powers the Illinois economy.