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GRANITE CITY, Ill., October 28, 2013 — Ehrhardt Tool & Machine conducted more than 20 tours of its manufacturing facility as part of National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 4, according to a press release. Ehrhardt showed 247 guests, including those from six high schools, how it produces parts, stamping dies, large tools and special machines from its 85,000-square-foot, air-conditioned plant using CNC mills, lathes and grinders.

Mfg. Day (F&F 11-06-13)

Duane Moody, a long-term employee with Ehrhardt, explains the manufacturing process for a CNC lathe with live
tooling to students on Manufacturing Day 2013. Photo courtesy stltoday.com.

Ehrhardt joined the efforts of nine other companies in the area and 800 manufacturers throughout the United States to allow young people and their parents to see the future they can have in manufacturing.

“This was the largest combined event in the country. We more than tripled our target with 600 visitors and we reached the students in 14 area high schools. It was a great success,” said Ehrhardt President Bob Roseman, MFG DAY event coordinator.

The event in Granite City had a unique structure: the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus of Southwestern Illinois College served as the hub for activities. Free transportation was provided from the SWIC hub where parking, registration, safety orientation and bus loading and unloading occurred. The crowd of 600 included 403 high school students in addition to parents, instructors and dignitaries who all had the opportunity to tour multiple facilities.

The 145 employees of Ehrhardt include designers, engineers, production workers, CNC operators, machinists and skilled craftsman all focused on producing stamping dies and tools for other companies to make sheet metal parts for washing machines, air conditioners, lights, heat exchangers and a wide variety of stamped parts.

Ehrhardt Tool & Machine Company manufactures single hit, manual transfer and progressive stamping dies while also producing specialty machine products for several other companies. These industrial tools are used by heating, ventilation and air conditioning, major appliance, energy and automotive manufacturers among others.

Source: stltoday.com, © 2013

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