Bison Takes Local High School Students, Congressman Hultgren on Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Their Manufacturing Facility

St. Charles, IL –  In recognition of the Manufacturing Week, Bison Gear and Engineering opened up its manufacturing facility to host students from Central High School in Burlington, IL,  as well as Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL) on Wednesday October 1 to educate about the benefits of pursuing a career in manufacturing. The tour was guided by Bison Focus Factory Managers and designed to show students all of the different career opportunities manufacturing offers, from assembly to CNC operators to machinists. Afterwards, the students were left with a lasting impression of the many career opportunities in manufacturing. The students expressed a developing interest in pursuing careers in manufacturing, mechanical engineering and technology.

The 2nd annual Manufacture Your Future Exhibit, organized by the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL, brings local area manufacturers together to show visitors the wealth of different opportunities in the industry. Working with the local high schools, the exhibit allowed attending visitors and students to talk directly with company representatives, sit in on a QA panel discussion featuring a board of experts including Bob McCrory, manager of Bison’s hobbing department, and to tour the participating companies’ facilities to provide first-hand experience. The exhibit ran at Gail Borden Public Library throughout the week (September 29-October 4) to celebrate Manufacturing Day (October 3) and featured ACME, Bison Gear and Engineering, Bystronic, Custom Aluminum, Elgin Sweeper, Fabric Images, Hoffer Plastics, Norlux Corp., Otto Engineering, Plasmatreat, Winergy, and Wittenstein.

For more information on the Manufacture Your Future Exhibit, please visit the Gail Borden Library’s website at

About Bison

Bison Gear and Engineering began in 1960 by designing problem-solving gearboxes and gear motors for their customers. Today, the company has grown into an industry leader for fractional horsepower electric motor, integral gearmotor and gear reducer products by implementing innovative lean manufacturing processes, world class engineering and customer support teams driven by their Robusticity® design philosophy; allowing Bison to consistently expand its product line with new motion control and power transmission solutions. For more information on Bison or their products, please visit

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