Wisdom Adhesives has been named as a recipient of a 2009 Illinois Family Business of the Year Award from Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center. This Award recognizes exceptional Illinois-based family businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to business development, family and the greater-Illinois community.

Illinois Family Business of the Year Award winners must demonstrate superior commitment to both business and family, including positive family/business linkage, multi-generational family involvement, contributions to the industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies. The fifth consecutive generation of Wisdoms owns and operates Wisdom Adhesives, the oldest continuously running adhesives manufacturing company in North America.

“At Wisdom Adhesives, our family encompasses our customers, employees and communities,” said Jeff Wisdom, chief executive officer of Wisdom Adhesives. “This award represents 135 years of hard work, innovation and commitment.”

Since 1990, the Loyola Family Chicago Business Center has been dedicated to strengthening multi-generational family businesses of varying sizes, industries and complexities. Through research, education and networking, the center provides a community where family business owners can find support, education, and guidance on the complex challenges they face.

Wisdom will be honored at a December 2 gala in Chicago. This year’s awards program is made possible through the support of the following sponsors: Diamond Sponsor - Harris, N.A.; Gold Sponsor - Katten Muchin Rosenman LLC; Silver Sponsors - Grant Thornton and Mass Mutual Pearre & Associates Ltd.; Bronze Sponsors - MB Financial McDermott Will & Emery, and Lowry Hill; and In-Kind Sponsor -Crain’s Chicago Business.

For more information, visitwww.wisdomadhesives.com.