Good news


Tuthill Corp., a privately held business with a 130-year history of industrial manufacturing, has entered into an agreement to acquire EaglePicher Technologies. The transaction is expected to close in 2023, subject to required regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

Jay Tuthill of Hinsdale, company chairman, expressed his excitement.

“It’s taken 130 years for Tuthill to reach this place — a place where we are able to join forces with a company like EaglePicher. It’s required the combined efforts of thousands of good people to make this possible. It’s a personal thing for me. I come from a military family. I believe in a strong America. I’m thrilled to know that, through EaglePicher, Tuthill will now be a direct contributor to the defense, space and aviation industries that help to keep our country at the forefront.”

EaglePicher designs, develops and produces mission-critical power systems. EaglePicher is an industry leader in defense and aerospace grade batteries, battery management systems and energetic devices. The company serves critical defense, space, and aviation battery applications with locations in Missouri, Kansas, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, employing about 900.

“Beginning in 2020, Tuthill intentionally divested its legacy industrial operations with the aim of putting the company in strong position to make an acquisition like EaglePicher,” said Steven Westfall, CEO and president of Tuthill. “This acquisition creates an exciting time for the employees of EaglePicher and Tuthill. It marks a significant step in our joint pursuit of excellence. The combination of these two storied franchises will allow us to deliver ever better products and services that safeguard our country. We look forward to bringing a new energy to EaglePicher.”


The Hinsdale community celebrated the life of late Craig Kruse Sept. 9 and raised money for the Craig Kruse Memorial Scholarship.

More than 250 people gathered at The Community House and raised more than $27,000 in order to continue Kruse’s legacy. This year’s scholarship winners were Ben Monahan and Kevin Connors, two athletes who exemplified Kruse’s most treasured values of hard work, perseverance, kindness and being grateful for every day that they got to be on the field. As a part of the scholarship each receipt chose a coach who had an impact on their lives and these coaches also receive a monetary gift. This year’s recipients were Brian Griffin, Jeff Lesniewicz and Tom Dorrance.

Kruse was a committed member of the Hinsdale Community, coaching for the feeder Falcons and Hinsdale Wrestling club while his children were young. As they grew he moved to Hinsdale Central, where he coached football, women’s throwing and was the strength and conditioning coach. He passed on Sept. 9, 2022, from glioblastoma brain cancer, and coined the phrase “Boots On” during his cancer trek because he did not want to “die before he died.” This mantra has taken on a life of its own, inspiring not only the many lives that Kruse touched, but the community as a whole.

A silent auction featured generously donated items, including a signed Brian Allen jersey, Bulls and Cubs tickets and a dinner party from Mell’s kitchen.

The Kruse family was humbled by the outpouring of love and is so grateful that they got the opportunity to carry on Kruse’s legacy in such a tangible way. They thank everyone who supported the event.

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Matea Hewitt of Hinsdale is one of Nazareth Academy teens who will serve on The Loft at Eight Corners Teen Advisory Council.

Operating out of Brookfield, The Loft program is designed to engage teens in their mental health journey and to encourage them to advocate for their own services and family support. The Teen Advisory Council is a group of high school students who will serve as mental health advocates in their schools and communities.

“We are incredibly proud of these students who have been chosen to serve,” Principal Therese Hawkins said. “Their willingness to participate in this capacity is a testament to the ways young people are working hard not only to bring awareness to teen mental health challenges, but also working to destigmatize this issue.”