Manufacturing Day

Mark your calendars to celebrate Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

Celebrate Manufacturing Day from "Handmade to High-Tech."

Start the day at the Southwestern Illinois College Sam Wolf Granite City Campus Industrial Technology Center Open House from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Tour the newly renovated SWIC manufacturing facility
  • See demonstrations of cutting-edge technology
  • Try your hand at virtual welding
  • Meet local manufacturers displaying their products and capabilities

      Refreshments will be served.​

Tour a local manufacturing facility.


Presented in partnership with the IMEC - Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, the Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Schedule of Events

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Sam Wolf Granite City Campus
Open House

9 a.m. - Welcome Ceremony
Brad Sparks, SWIC Dean of Technical Education
Georgia Costello, Ph.D., SWIC President

8-9:30 a.m. - Tour Sign-Up
Sign up for a tour of a local manufacturing facility.  Vans depart from and return to the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus.  

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Industry Tour and Tours of the SWIC Industrial Technology Center
• Robotic Arc Welding CNC Plasma Cutting
• Orbital Tube Welding
• Automated Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
• Automated Submerged Arc Welding
• Hydraulic systems
• Pneumatic systems
• PLC systems
• 4th axis CNC machining producing coasters
• 5th axis CNC machining a machinist cube
• 3-axis CNC lathe producing a miniature Stanley cup
• High speed machining demonstration
• Exhibits from 30 local manufacturers.

11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
Served in History Room

Event Sponsors

Austin Machine Inc.

Austin Machine Inc.

Founded in 1989, Austin Machine of O’Fallon, Missouri specializes in the manufacture and assembly of parts for the aerospace industry.
The programming includes Master Cam, Solidworks and Unigraphics with CNC Milling, CNC Turning and conventional machinist techniques.

Dooling Machine Products Inc.

Dooling Machine Products Inc.

Dooling Machine Products Inc. of Hartford, Illinois is a provider of contract machining services. It is a third-generation machine shop leading the way into the future by providing a complete on-site mobile machine shop facility.


Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company manufacturing chemicals, fibers, additives and plastics materials, which are used by customers as key ingredients to make the products that people use every day.

The Lincoln Electric Company

The Lincoln Electric Company

Lincoln Electric is a global manufacturer and the market leader of the highest quality welding, cutting and joining products. Its enduring passion for the development and application of its technologies allows the company to create complete solutions that make its customers more productive and successful.

The Gene Haas Foundation Logo

The Gene Haas Foundation

The purpose of the Gene Haas Foundation is to empower those who wish to pursue a career in manufacturing. GHF provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach CNC machining as a key component of their manufacturing and engineering programs. Additionally, GHF provides grants to many organizations that support manufacturing education.

Pandjiris Inc.

Pandjiris Inc.

Pandjiris designs and manufactures automated systems for almost any application across a wide range of industries: pressure vessels, pipe fabrication, aerospace, aviation, shipbuilding, HVAC, transportation, truck and trailer body building, and more.

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Prairie Farms Dairy

Over 600 farms strong, the knowledge and dedication of Prairie Farms’ farm families is represented in our full line of retail and food service dairy products. Prairie Farms network of local manufacturing plants and branch offices enables highly efficient, dairy fresh distribution throughout the Midwest and the South.

Red Bud Industries

Red Bud Industries

Red Bud Industries provides a wide range of coil-processing systems, several gauges of line, help with the design and layout of service centers, machine addition, plant upgrades, consulting and more.

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Sandvik Coromant Cutting Tools

Sandvik Coromant is the world’s leading supplier of tools, tooling solutions, and know-how to the metalworking industry. With extensive investments in research and development, they create unique innovations and set new productivity standards together with their customers. These include the world's major automotive, aerospace, and energy industries.

SWIC Foundation Logo

Southwestern Illinois College Foundation

The Southwestern Illinois College Foundation exists to maintain and enhance the quality of life by developing friends and funds for support of the educational cultural and service goals of Southwestern Illinois College. The SWIC Foundation promotes excellence by securing gifts for special educational and cultural activities that are not part of the college budget.

Vendors for Manufacturing Day 2014

  • Arch City Service
  • Austin Machine
  • Bachman Machine Company
  • Building Point
  • Char Tool and Die Inc.
  • Cope Plastics Inc.
  • Deli Star
  • Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce
  • Dooling Machine Products Inc.
  • Eastman
  • Ehrhardt Tool and Machine
  • Haas Factory Outlet
  • Hagerman and Company Inc.
  • Hot Max Torches
  • Gene Haas Foundation
  • IMEC
  • John Sakach Col.
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Madison County, Illinois
  • Mittler Brothers Machine and Tool
  • MSC Industrial Supply Co.
  • PRI
  • Red Bud Industries
  • QTE Manufacturing Solutions
  • Seyer Industries
  • Gateway Air Conditioning Contractors
  • SunCoke Energy
  • Southwestern Illinois College Foundation
  • Praire Farms
  • Wilson
  • Southwestern Illinois College