5th Annual Manufacturing Dinner and Celebration


On Thursday, October 12th, over 180 people attended the SVACC 5th Annual Manufacturing Dinner at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. The dinner provided an opportunity to celebrate the manufacturing industry in the Sauk Valley and raised funds to provide scholarships for students pursuing manufacturing careers. The event also supports workforce development initiatives in creating talent pipelines.

The evening consisted of networking and discussions that highlighted collaborative efforts to address workforce challenges. Attendees were provided updates on programming at Whiteside Area Career Center (WACC), Regional Office of Education #47, and Sauk Valley Community College.

The 2023-2024 manufacturing scholarship recipients were announced and introduced during the event. Additionally, the students assisted with the dessert auction, led by Ken Duncan, Duncan Land and Auction.

“It is an honor for the chamber to host such a great event to further serve the great manufacturers and our members of the Sauk Valley,” shared Dr. Jon Mandrell, President of the SVACC Board of Directors. “We are committed to adding value to our membership, being a catalyst for the growth of our local businesses, and to partner in workforce development. Thank you to everyone that attended and congratulations to this years scholarship winners that were recognized.”

This year’s event was sponsored by: IFH Group, United Craftsmen, Sauk Valley Bank, Sterling Steel Company, Sewer Equipment, Wahl, Sterling Federal Bank, Walmart DC, Frantz, Astec, Etnyre, Menk, Raynor, P&P Industries, Edward Jones (Gleisner, Haas, Lareau, Loos), Donaldson, PC Tech 2U, and Hughes Resources.

For more information about the Manufacturing Dinner or Chamber initiatives, please contact the SVACC at 815-625-2400 or [email protected]

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