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October 5, 2018
  • Fri

    Oct

    05

    National Manufacturing Day: Litania Sports Group Tour

    9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Litania Sports Group – 601 Mercury Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

    National Manufacturing Day: Litania Sports Group Tour
    Champaign, IL

    Litania Sports Group is the parent company of two market-leading brands in the sports facility market, Gill Athletics and Porter Athletic.

    Gill Athletics, founded in 1918, is the official Track Equipment Corporate Partner of the NFHS and the Official Equipment Supplier of the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Gill equipment is used all over the world including all levels of competition from colleges to high schools to masters' competitions. Porter Athletic, founded in 1868, is recognized by coaches, architects, contractors and school administrators as the leader in the gymnasium equipment market. Porter equipment is featured in more award-winning athletic facility construction projects than any other brand. Learn more at http://www.litaniasports.com/.

    Fun facts about the company:

    - Gill Athletics founder, Harry Gill, helped organize the NCAA, and then won the very first NCAA championship as coach of the University of Illinois track & field team.
    - Porter Athletic was the originator of the first fan shaped basketball backboard and first glass basketball backboard.
    - Men's and Women's javelin world records were set with Gill manufactured implements.
    - Gill Athletics is the largest pole-vaulting pole manufacturer in the world.
    - Their equipment can be found inside The White House & Mark Wahlberg's home gym.

    Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
    Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
    Location: Litania Sports Group – 601 Mercury Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
    RSVP: http://www.mfgday.com/events/2018/champaign-county-edc-6

    Tours will be offered every half hour from 9:30 – 11:30 AM.

    Time slots:

    - 9:30 – 10:00 AM
    - 10:00 – 10:30 AM
    - 10:30 – 11:00 AM
    - 11:00 – 11:30 AM

    Tour instructions:

    - You must be at least 16 years of age.
    - Must wear sturdy closed-toe and closed-heel shoes – no flip flops, no clogs, no high heels. Tennis shoes are acceptable.
    - Safety glasses will be required and provided.
    - No photos allowed.

    About Manufacturing Day:

    Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Learn more at http://www.mfgday.com/.

    October is Manufacturing Month in Illinois.

    Questions? Contact:

    - Mary McGrew, VP of Human Resources – Litania Sports Group: mmcgrew@litaniasports.com or 217-367-8438 x 610
    - Carly McCrory, Executive Director - Champaign County EDC: carly@champaigncountyedc.org or 217-359-6261

    Thank you to The Atkins Group for your support as our official sponsor of Manufacturing Day in Champaign County.

  • Fri

    Oct

    05

    National Manufacturing Day: ShapeMaster, Inc. Tour

    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    ShapeMaster, Inc. – 108 E. Main Street, Ogden, IL 61859

    National Manufacturing Day: ShapeMaster, Inc. Tour
    Ogden, IL

    In January 1990, ShapeMaster was formed because they saw a need to provide buyers, engineers, inventors, and designers with the ability to order small or large quantities of solutions in plastics and other materials for the manufacturing of their products; regardless of their size, they receive the same high level quality of service.

    Their centrally located Ogden, Illinois facility has since expanded three times to accommodate the latest technology, including new thermoformers, injection molding machinery, and a metal machine shop, allowing them to enhance their production abilities to better serve their customers. From vacuum forming, drape forming, and pressure forming to CNC machining and custom fabrication, they take pride in their ability to take your project from conceptual design to production including 2D or 3D drawings, materials research, custom tooling, prototyping, replication of existing parts, and custom package design - all within their facility to maximize your return on investment. Learn more at http://www.shape-master.com/.

    Fun facts about the company:

    - They have clients from around the world, including England, Canada, Brazil, and New Zealand.
    - They have hired, trained, and employed hundreds of people who live right here in Champaign County.
    - ShapeMaster has weathered a tornado (1996), a fire (2005), and many floods.

    Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
    Time: 10 AM – 3 PM, except 12 – 1 PM
    Location: ShapeMaster, Inc. – 108 E. Main Street, Ogden, IL 61859
    RSVP: https://www.mfgday.com/events/2018/champaign-county-edc-7

    Tours will be offered every hour from 10 AM – 3 PM, except 12 – 1 PM.

    Time slots:

    - 10:00 – 11:00 AM
    - 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    - 1:00 – 2:00 PM
    - 2:00 – 3:00 PM

    Tour instructions:

    - You must be at least 16 years of age. If under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult or host.
    - Must wear sturdy closed-toe and closed-heel shoes – no flip flops, no clogs, no high heels.
    - Other safety equipment will be provided.
    - No photos allowed.
    - All attendees will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

    About Manufacturing Day:

    Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Learn more at http://www.mfgday.com/.

    October is Manufacturing Month in Illinois.

    Questions? Contact:

    - Brian Holden, ShapeMaster, Inc.: brian@shape-master.com or 217-582-2638
    - Carly McCrory, Executive Director - Champaign County EDC: carly@champaigncountyedc.org or 217-359-6261

    Thank you to The Atkins Group for your support as our official sponsor of Manufacturing Day in Champaign County.

  • Fri

    Oct

    05

    National Manufacturing Day: Riggs Beer Company Tour

    3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Riggs Beer Company - 1901 S. High Cross Road - Urbana, IL 61802

    National Manufacturing Day: Riggs Beer Company Tour
    Urbana, IL

    Riggs Beer Company, opened in June 2016, is a family-owned production brewery and tap room in Urbana, Illinois that features Lagers and other German and American beer styles. Learn more at http://www.riggsbeer.com/.

    You will learn about ingredients, take a look inside their tanks, and find out more about the processes behind beer production.

    Fun facts about the company:

    - The brewery sports a four vessel, 15-barrel brew house with ample fermentation capacity.
    - The tap room is surrounded by a 200 seat, family-friendly beer garden as well as test plots of barley and hops.
    - Three of the flagship beers currently integrate a large percentage of Riggs grown corn and barley malt. Their Barleywine and Kolsch are made from 100% Riggs grown grain. Every month, they use about 1,500 pounds of their grain in their beers.
    - In December of 2017, they installed a large solar array. While they are still on the grid, they offset their electricity use with 90-100% solar power.

    Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
    Time: 3 – 7:30 PM
    Location: Riggs Beer Company - 1901 S. High Cross Road - Urbana, IL 61802
    RSVP: https://www.mfgday.com/events/2018/champaign-county-edc-8

    Two tours will be offered – one at 3 PM and one at 5:30 PM. A one-hour technical tour is followed by a tasting of all beers with the brewmaster (plan up to two hours total). $10/person, includes beer tasting.

    Time slots:

    - 3:00 – 5:00 PM
    - 5:30 – 7:30 PM

    Tour instructions:

    - You must be 21 years or older.
    - Closed-toe shoes are required.

    About Manufacturing Day:

    Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Learn more at http://www.mfgday.com/.

    October is Manufacturing Month in Illinois.

    Questions? Contact:

    - Caroline Riggs – Riggs Beery Company: caroline@riggsbeer.com
    - Carly McCrory, Executive Director – Champaign County EDC: carly@champaigncountyedc.org or 217-359-6261

    Thank you to The Atkins Group for your support as our official sponsor of Manufacturing Day in Champaign County.