Manufacturing Day

Join us to celebrate Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016!

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
  • 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.

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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
Nancy LeVault, SWGCC Campus Executive Director
David Boulay, Ph.D., President of the Illinois
Manufacturing Excellence Center
Don Vichitvongsa, General Manager of SunCoke Energy

9:30 a.m. - Unveiling of Solar Panel Array

8-9:30 a.m. - Tour Sign-Up
Sign up for a tour of SunCoke Energy

10 a.m. - SunCoke Energy Tour
Vans depart from and return to the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus around noon 

8 a.m. to 2 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
• PLC systems
• 3-D Printing
• 3rd axis CNC machine
• 4th axis CNC machine
• 5th axis CNC lathe
• High-speed machining demonstration

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
Served in History Room

Event Sponsors

Wilson Manufacturing

Wilson Manufacturing


Wilson Manufacturing of St. Louis is a full-service supplier for the flexographic industry, custom-manufacturing everything from solid and flexible dies to specialty products like plunger and vacuum dies, magnetic and print cylinders, anvil rolls and much more.

Chelar Tool and Die

Chelar Tool and Die

Chelar has been in operation for over 50 years and is an industry leader in producing the highest quality progressive and nonprogressive metal stamping dies, production metal stampings, specialty precision machining, and Blanchard grinding.  The company was founded on the principles of high quality with superior service, which still drive the company to this day.  

SunCoke Energy

SunCoke Energy

SunCoke Energy is a raw material processing and handling company serving steel and power customers, with principle business in coke-making and coal logistics. These products serve the steel production and power industries.

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.

Prairie Farms Logo

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.

Sandvik Coromant Logo

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.

Madison County Regional Office of Education #41

Madison County Regional Office of Education #41

The Madison County Regional Office of Education No. 41 is the managing organization for school districts located inside Madison County. This includes Granite City, Alton, Collinsville, Edwardsville and Highland.

Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is a not-for-profit member-based economic development corporation representing Southwestern Illinois, primarily Madison and St. Clair counties. The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois works to unite the region for economic growth through its 200-member coalition of business, industry, labor, education, and government leaders. 



Danfoss engineers technologies that enable the world of tomorrow to do more with less. We meet the growing need for infrastructure, food supply, energy efficiency and climate-friendly solutions. 


District 9 Machinists

District 9 Machinists

Chartered in 1902, the District 9 Machinists union once boasted membership of 98 percent of machinists in the Metropolitan St. Louis region. This organization has several local lodges throughout the area, including loges in Granite City, Belleville, Alton, St. Louis and East St. Louis.


Vendors for Manufacturing Day 2014

  • Arch City Service
  • Crescent Parts & Equipment
  • Danfoss Refrigeration North America
  • Deli Star Corporation
  • Eastman Chemical Co.
  • Empire Comfort Systems
  • Gateway Air Conditioning Contractors
  • SWIC Highway Construction
  • IMEC – Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center
  • MAC Medical Inc.
  • Municipal Tool & Machinery Co.
  • Refrigeration Service Engineers Society
  • Southwest Illinois Leadership Council
  • Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co.
  • Wilson Manufacturing Co.
  • Haas Automation Inc.
  • Suncoke Energy  
  • Sandvik Coromant  
  • Red Bud Industries  
  • Mittler Brothers Machine Tool  
  • Lincoln Electric 
  • Junior Code Academy 
  • Haldeman Homme Inc.
  • Ehrhardt Tool & Machine LLC 
  • BuildingPoint Midwest  
  • SWIC Aviation Maintenance  
  • SIUC Aviation Flight & Management
  • Autodesk  
  • Benoist Brothers Supply Co.
  • Capri Sun
  • Chelar Tool & Die Inc.
  • Huff Industrial
  • Hydromat Inc.
  • MSC Industrial Supply
  • Sanks Machine
  • QTE Manufacturing
  • Mayco Industries
  • Illinois Electric Works Inc.
  • MD&A Turbines
  • Roeslein & Associates
  • NTMA – National Tooling and Machining Association
  • Bachman Machine Co.
  • Progressive Recovery Inc.
  • Madison County ROE
  • Chamber of Commerce Southwest Madison County
  • Granite City
  • Leadership Council Southwest Illinois