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Program revisits historic Park Forest business

Updated: July 24, 2013 6:09AM



The Park Forest Historical Society will present “The History of Hollymatic Corporation” with speaker Bobby “The Burger” Chura, as seen on Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV.

The program will be held at 2:30 p.m. June 23 in the Park Forest Village Hall Board Meeting Room, 350 Victory Drive.

Chura will talk about the history of Hollymatic, which had its factory in Park Forest at the corner of North Street and Orchard Drive from Jan. 1, 1962 through December 1982. The building remains much as it looked in 1982.

Chura is the great-grandson of Harry Holly, who founded Hollymatic in 1937. Holly patented the hamburger-forming machine he used to make his hamburgers quickly and uniform in size.

The steel machines revolutionized the restaurant and fast-food industries, being adopted by McDonald’s, Burger King and many butcher shops and restaurants.

Chura’s grandfather was Nick Chura, one of the first Hollymatic dealers, who marketed the machine to the fast-food chains.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jane Nicoll at (708) 481-4252.

Staff report



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