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.

Vans depart from SWIC based on a pre-determined schedule. More information to come.


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

Meet Local Manufacturers

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U.S. Steel – Granite City Works

United States Steel Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an integrated steel producer focused on high value-added, flat-rolled and tubular steel products with complex chemistries and attributes that are required by manufacturers in the automotive, appliance, container, construction, industrial machinery, and oil and gas industries. U.S. Steel has major production operations in the United States, Canada and Central Europe and has an annual raw steelmaking capability of 29.3 million net tons. The company is also engaged in several other business activities including the production of iron ore pellets from taconite (rock containing iron) in the United States and the production of coke in both the United States and Central Europe; transportation services (railroad and barge operations); and real estate operations.
Granite City Works is an integral part of the St. Louis-Southern Illinois area. Located within 500 miles of all industry in the United States, Granite City Works – with safety at the forefront – employs more than 2,000 people.

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SunCoke Energy

SunCoke Energy bakes coal to product coke, which is then used to manufacture steel. It is one of the largest producers of manufactured coke in the Americas. Facilities produce more than 5 million tons of metallurgical coke per year – that equals the weight of 125,000 elephants! It boasts 120 ovens that convert waste heat into steam, which is then sold to U.S. Steel to transform into electricity.
Excellence, innovation, commitment, integrity, stewardship – these are the core values of SunCoke Energy and the foundation for the company’s success as the best supplier to its customers. At SunCoke Energy, the company believes it is important to be responsive to its customers and establish trust through transparency and communication. Together, these provide safe, reliable and environmentally sound operations.
The National Association for Business Resources has recognized SunCoke Energy for the third consecutive year as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. This recognition distinguishes and honors institutions that show outstanding human resource programs and employee enrichment.
SunCoke Energy is internationally recognized as a leading provider of heat recovery coke-making technology that meets or exceeds applicable environmental standards and produces some of the highest coke quality on the market.

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John Sakach Company of St. Louis

With its roots dating back to 1958, the John Sakach Company of St. Louis has the premium quality rigging supplies and state-of-the-art technology for all your company’s wire rope and rigging needs.
Located in Granite City, Ill., with the famous Gateway Arch on the horizon, the John Sakach Company has been servicing customers in the St. Louis area since 1986 with rigging products for construction and industry. Their 25,000-square-foot modern building has all the equipment, product diversity and dedicated personnel to satisfy customer requirements.
To assure their dedication to quality, they have successfully completed ISO 9001:2000 on June 13, 2003. In order to achieve this certification and maintain quality standards an organization must demonstrate the following:
1. Ability to consistently provide conforming products.
2. Address customer satisfaction through prevention and continual improvement.
Going forward with the support and confidence of their vendors, they will strive to insure prompt service and total quality commitment for you, the customer. Their continued commitment to excellence is evident with their recent acquisition of the TwinPath® High Performance Lifting Sling line.

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Illinois Electric Works

Illinois Electric Works is the largest industrial electric motor and industrial repair facility in the bi-state region. They sell and repair motors, controls, cranes and pumps to industrial and commercial concerns throughout the Midwest such as U.S. Steel, SunCoke, Phillips 66, Mississippi Lime, Dynegy, Ameren and many local water and wastewater plants. Their cranes can lift up to 60 tons and they routinely work on motors up to 10,000 horsepower.
Their goal is to be the preferred industrial sales and service shop in the Midwest. Their service shop operates at the direction of our customers on a round-the-clock basis to perform a wide range of repairs with the highest level of safety and workmanship while using the finest materials available.
As a product distributor they will only sell the best.
In August 2014 Illinois Electric Works became the first shop in the world to receive formal accreditation by the Electric Apparatus Service Association. This accreditation certifies Illinois Electric Works has the ability to repair and rewind electric motors to their original efficiency and follow the stringent ANSI AR-100 repair specification and procedures.
Illinois Electric Works employs 60 craftsmen and technicians who are skilled in mechanical operations, machining, rewinding and electronic repairs on a wide variety of machinery and equipment used in their processes.
Serving their customers at the highest levels of safety, responsiveness and quality is the key to prosperity for their company and for their employees and their families.

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Arizon Structures Worldwide, LLC

Arizon Structures manufactures air structures, air domes, fabric buildings and fabric tensile structures. These structures can be built at one-third the cost of a conventional structure in just weeks and are designed to handle heavy snow, wind and natural disasters while meeting all international building codes.
Arizon Structures’ buildings also are extremely energy efficient, using up to 70 percent less energy than other technology while having translucent roofs or skylights – reducing or eliminating the need for lighting systems during the day.
The Arizon Structures team has designed and built the largest fabric buildings and air structures in the world for clients ranging from NFL teams to Fortune 500 companies. More than anything, Arizon’s people have a history of innovation and a desire to continue building the most energy-efficient, highest-quality buildings in the world.

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Abengoa Bioenergy of Illinois, LLC

Abengoa Bioenergy of Illinois manufactures biofuels and chemical bioproducts. Its products are sources of renewable and clean energy that can potentially replace gasoline and diesel oil in vehicles. In their pure state or mixed with fossil fuel, these products hinder the progress of climate change and reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as the emission of other contaminates into the atmosphere.
Abengoa is committed to becoming one of the worldwide leaders in the production of biofuels while being acknowledged as a leading global company in biofuel research and development. The company strives to provide the optimal work environment to attract the best possible employees and maintain their excellence.
The Madison, Ill., facility produces about 90 million gallons of bioethanol each year – that is equivalent to the weight of more than 187,500 elephants!

Safety Requirements

For your safety, to attend industry tours, you must be 14 years of age or older and wear: 
• Long Pants
• Closed-toe shoes
• Required personal protection equipment issued by each company which may include safety glasses and/or hard hats.

U. S. Steel and SunCoke Energy also require you to be16 years of age or older and wear: 
• Long-sleeve shirt
• Hard-sole shoes

Event Sponsors

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Bachman Machine Company

Bachman Machine Company is a single corporate entity with three specialized departments: production metal stamping, tool and die, and production machining. They deliver the highest quality product on time with a competitive price.

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Chelar Tool and Die, Inc.

Chelar is a 50-plus-year-old company specializing in high quality metal stamping progressive dies as well as precision machining and production stamping. They believe in providing our customers with the best service and create some of the highest quality products in manufacturing.

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Ehrhardt Tool and Machine Co., Inc.

Ehrhardt designs and builds tools, dies, special machines and automated equipment to customer specifications. The company also designs and builds tooling and produces specialized metal stampings for industries as diverse as those making vending machines and nuclear fuels.

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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.

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Hydromat, Inc.

Hydromat creates innovative and unique customer-driven manufacturing solutions. The company’s mission is to offer precision machining solutions which provide our customers with unsurpassed quality, reliability, and productivity. For more than 35 years Hydromat has strived for excellence in every machine they build.

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Lincoln Electric

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

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Southwestern Illinois Development Authority

Operating as a special-purpose, municipal corporation and local government unit, the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority (SWIDA) was created by the Illinois state legislature in 1987 to promote, encourage and facilitate economic development in the Southwestern Illinois counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison and St. Clair.

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Prairie State Energy Campus

Located in Washington County, Ill., the Prairie State Energy Campus is a technologically-advanced-mine-mouth electrical generation facility, utilizing domestic Illinois coal reserves to power its 1600 MW power plant. Prairie State’s owners, which represent 10 percent of public power invested more than $1 billion in environmental emissions control equipment, placing Prairie State’s power plant among the top-10 cleanest plants in the nation.

Companies Offering Tours to Visiting High Schools

  • Bachmann Machine Co.
  • Chelar Tool and Die, Inc.
  • Ehrhardt Tool and Machine, Inc.
  • PTL Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Seyer Industries
  • Turner Electric

Vendors for Manufacturing Day 2014

  • Hydromat, Inc.
  • Lincoln Electric
  • The Gene Haas Foundation
  • Ehrhardt Tool and Machine, Inc.
  • Chellar Tool and Die, Inc.
  • AP Customs
  • Arch City Service
  • Becker Iron and Metal
  • Delistar
  • Illinois Green Economy Network
  • IMEC
  • Hot Max
  • Kraft Foods
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Maverick Technologies
  • Prairie Farms
  • QTE Manufacturing
  • Sandvik Cutting Tools
  • Seyer Industries
  • Suncoke
  • SWIC Aviation Maintenance
  • SWIC Computer Assisted Drafting
  • JBH Technologies
  • U.S. Steel
  • MSC