George C. Cies grew up in the Hinckley/Waterman area and has resided in DeKalb for over 30 years. His wife of 30 years, Christine, has worked along side of him in the business and they also have their 16 year old daughter working with them from time to time to keep it a very family-oriented business. His hobbies include being an avid fisherman and following our local sports teams.
George has a long history of experience in this type of business, starting back when he was in high school working for his father’s business that sold municipal water treatment chemicals and equipment. From there he spent the next 24 years working in wholesale and retail water treatment/filtration. He started out in the business doing everything from delivering water and salt, to working as a service technician, and then moving into sales until he finally was able to go out on his own (with his partner) to start up their own company.
The bottled water division of the business began 8 years (1988) prior to Northern Illinois Water Works taking it over in 1996. In 1996 they joined the business with a partner, bringing the water treatment and conditioning division into the business. In 1999 he purchased the entire company from his partner.
After sixteen years at the 508 Pine Street location, Northern Illinois Water Works made the move to a new building in 2013 with expanded services for their customers including a new water loading zone on the outside and a coffee bar sampling station on the inside. The convenient new location is at 2155 Oakland Drive, just down the road from Ollie’s and right behind Hyvee.
Today the business services DeKalb, Kane, Ogle and LaSalle Counties and with the help of their employees, they continue to grow the business in all of these areas.
One of the things that makes Northern Illinois Water Works stand out from other companies is that 100% of the water treatment equipment is American Made. Hellenbrand Inc. has a water lab onsite. Along with Northern Illinois Water Works own onsite in-home testing, they can also send water samples to the Hellenbrand lab to be analyzed and have a water treatment system designed by their engineering staff to meet the customer’s specific needs.
If you ask George what the secret to his success is, his response is simply,
“Choosing the right vendors– Hellenbrand Inc. and Wisconsin Glacier Spring are two of the most respected companies in their industries. Without quality products, you are not different from anybody else”.
Asked what his main philosophy is, George says,
“Not everyone wants the same things so; it is my philosophy to specifically ask the customer what their expectations and needs are in regard to their tap water so that we can best fulfill those needs and expectations”.