Last week we began moving our welding team into the new 40,000 sq. ft. production facility. We anticipate metal cutting people and equipment will be joining them by month’s end.
Our office facility has been fully staffed since mid-June. Landscaping, and finish details won’t get in the way as our entire team is fully engaged and committed to getting as much produced as possible by year-end.
114 years ago, on a day in 1905 that could have been much like today’s 86+ degrees, our German ancestors raised the first barn here in Virgil IL – just a short distance from their home. Did they know that by raising a structure capable of sustaining livestock and to store their harvests combined with hard labor, that they would provide an asset that would sustain our family for generations to come? We’d like to think that they did. We’d also like for them to know how appreciative the succeeding generations have been.
Today red and white striped cement trucks were kept busy augmenting the groundwork we did last fall by beginning to pour the concrete footings necessary for our new Barn. Jim Sauber recently shared our plans and trajectory with a customer as “a 49,000 sq-ft facility which we plan to be in near year end. It will improve our capacity, throughput and efficiency significantly. Exciting stuff.”
We’ve just completed a record year of customer shipments while navigating a very challenging manufacturing environment. As a buyer of goods and services ourselves, we’ve experienced some delivery and pricing extremes which we work at navigating to deliver to our customers as promised. By partnering with you to schedule shipments that met both your expectations and our capabilities we succeeded together! We earnestly thank you for that.
We’ve recently added substantial resources to benefit our workers and to ensure that you can get the equipment that you need from Sauber.
Some of our current investments:
- Staffing and ongoing recruitment up 9%
- Overtime scheduling continues
- Aggressive monthly shipment goals in place
- Ground preparations for new manufacturing facility completed (Phase Two)
- Ford F150 sales truck with NexGen demo body currently in production
- New Bobcat Loader in service
- Two Toyota Forklifts added
- Procured Weld Pro Booms
- Haas CNC Lathe added to CNC Pod
- Electric, Automated 220 Ton Press Brake replaces 15 year old workhorse
- New Miller Welders extend our capabilities
Thank you again for your continued confidence in our products and company. Our goal is for Sauber Mfg. Co. to always be the best place buy and the best place to work.
Our 50th year in business not only looks to the past, but plays an important part in our future. Phase one of our expansion began in September with the careful deconstruction and salvage of our family’s 113 year old barn. The barn will sacrifice it’s location for a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility slated for completion in 2020. Like the barn built all those years ago, the new facility has the expectation of bringing our ability to produce well into the future. If we succeed in replicating its century + of importance to our future, the new facility will serve both our customers and our employees exceedingly well. Check back for more updates as this historic project moves forward.
10/19 The first phase of the deconstruction of the barn has been completed. The excavation company has cleared the former foundation and new fill is being placed for the new earthen bed. We’re hoping that the fill will be placed and completed prior to winter in order to settle during the change of seasons.