Iwebwerks cuts ribbon for new downtown location
Iwebwerks, a local multimedia studio founded on website design and development, recently cut the ribbon for its new downtown Rockford location in the Midway Theatre Building at 721 E. State Street.
Iwebwerks was founded in Napa Valley, California, and I decided to move our company headquarters to Rockford in the fall of 1999, stated Robert Shallenberger, CEO of Iwebwerks. Rockford is my hometown, so I decided to return to this area with the knowledge and experience that I gained in Silicon Valley.
Shallenberger has since expanded the business from being a website design and development firm to becoming a complete multimedia studio that could meet all of their clients advertising, marketing and design needs. Our clientele are some of the most well-known names in Rockford, stated Shallenberger. We have evolved into becoming a complete multimedia studio, which means that we can meet all of our clients needs when it comes to marketing their company and their products.
Iwebwerks decision to locate in the Midway Theatre in downtown Rockford not only provided the company with a great opportunity to grow and expand, but they are bringing attention and activity to one of Rockfords historic landmarks. It is wonderful to see high-tech companies return to their roots, stated Ryan Petty, president of the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce and Council of 100. Iwebwerks is not only adding value to our community by bringing Silicon Valley closer to home, but they are bringing more life to our downtown and to one of our most historic treasures, the Midway Theatre. Iwebwerks currently occupies 1,600 square feet on the third floor of the Midway Theatre Building, and they have room to expand up to about 3,000 square feet.
Printing, publishing and multimedia is an existing cluster in this region, with over 175 existing businesses which employ more than 5,300 people, stated Bob Levin, executive director of the Rockford Area Council of 100. This means that over 11 percent of the business establishments in our region are engaged in printing, publishing and multimedia. Iwebwerks and others are indicative of the natural evolution of the way in which technology is impacting this cluster. A company like Iwebwerks could easily locate in any city throughout the country, so the real cause for celebration today is their decision to locate and expand in Rockford.
Iwebwerks CEO Robert Shallenberger has also announced that they have formed a partnership with Entré Computers to create a separate network security business called Securewerks.com. With this venture, we are able to offer internal and external network security audits to protect companies systems from hackers and all that they can do, states Shallenberger.