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Red Bud Industries hosts Manufacturing Night April 4

 
Submitted by Red Bud Industries
updated: 3/29/2022 4:26 PM

Red Bud Industries is opening its doors to give high school students, their parents, jobseekers and the community an opportunity to explore careers in manufacturing at its annual Manufacturing Night.

The open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 4, at 200 B and E Industrial Drive in Red Bud. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the plant and speak with managers, engineers, and machine operators.

School recruiters from Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) and Ranken Technical College will also be in attendance to talk with students and their parents about the postsecondary programs they offer.

Red Bud Industries is a manufacturer and supplier of Coil Processing Equipment and has been supported by the local community for more than 60 years.

"As we continue to grow and the baby boomer generation retires, there are a lot of employment opportunities for the next generation," said Brandon Sachtleben, who works in human resources for the company.

"The technical trades have a lot of misconceptions and can be dismissed by students who haven't seen firsthand what this type of work entails. For the students who can't see themselves working behind a desk, there are some great paying options out there that still require critical thinking, growth and do not require the time and debt that can come from a four-year university."

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the more than 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Everything is done in-house, including machining, welding, drafting, programming, and business support work. "It's a great opportunity to see many different fields in manufacturing and get an idea of what careers can be found locally," Sachtleben adds.

More than 10 years ago, Red Bud Industries established scholarships to SWIC and to Ranken to help students going into the manufacturing field. In addition, Red Bud Industries employs students for after-school and summer employment, as well as during the school year through co-op programs.

Some of these students have transitioned to full-time employment after graduation.

Sachtleben encourages anyone, not just high school students, interested in manufacturing to attend this event.

"This is a chance to reconsider career paths and learn the steps needed to achieve it."

Please RSVP by calling Abby at (618) 282-3801, ext. 144, to schedule a tour.