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The Utility Expo 2021

The 2021 Utility Expo was a first in many ways.  In addition to the name change (formerly known as the ICUEE Show,) The Expo’s 32 acres were re-mapped providing us the opportunity to expand our footprint and bring even more equipment to demonstrate.  Our new location proved to be beneficial as well, having Altec as a neighbor, located at a shuttle bus drop off, near the entrance to the underground area, and close to the food and facilities of the Broadbent Arena.

However, the biggest benefit is to be able to continue important relationships with our customers and to establish new ones.  We’ve always placed a great value in being able to directly compare our equipment to any of our competitors. 

Serious buyers want to understand the value we offer for their organization.  Being a manufacturer who is serious about producing the best equipment available makes a good marriage, and one that can last a lifetime.

Newest Building Sees Full Utilization

Our newly completed Barn is the largest expansion in our history. Fully occupied and improving productivity each day, this facility also allows for reallocation of existing work spaces like a complete renovation of our critical engineering work space.  The extra square footage we’ve gained also spreads our workforce out and provides convenience and safety to our employee’s production efforts.

The Utility Expo Update

The ICUEE Show, now named: The Utility Expo, is scheduled to take place September 28-30.  Sauber Mfg is excited to take full advantage of this outdoor (over 30 acres) venue.  Demand is elevated, and we want to show you how we have applied the newest technology to today’s equipment. Registration opens in May.

Merry Christmas

We recognize that you have many choices when it comes to equipment. We are very grateful for your trust in us.  While 2020 brought challenges to our company, we recognize that every responsible company shared in similar challenges. We recently moved into our new office and production facility both of which we intend to occupy for many years to come. Our intention is that this new facility will only improve the service and product quality that you’ve come to expect from us.

We wish the best for you and yours in the coming year.

Construction News

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.

Construction Update

Next week the concrete will be completed inside the building. It takes a little longer with hydronic floor heat. In the plant, electrical, plumbing, compressed air, distributed welding gas & fume vacuum systems will continue being deployed through the early summer. The final interior paint in the front office will join the existing floor, lighting and ceiling next week. Furniture and connection to our network infrastructure will follow that.

Season of Thanks

Once again, our company partnered in a not-so-small way with Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit Christian organization to feed hungry children throughout the world.

As in years past, our company and employees made a significant contribution to this weekend event.  Here is how it works.

The event’s 2019 weekend efforts produced 1,556,928 meals!

Over 80 volunteers represented Sauber by volunteering throughout the weekend.

Sauber Employee Monetary Contributions:  $2666

Sauber Company Contributions, including employee match:  $16,666

Total:  $19,332

That equals enough money to provide 77,328 life-saving meals for starving children.

In the past 10 years, our company and it’s employees have provided $101,127 in support of the Mobile Pack Event.

Here is just one reason we do it.


It’s Moving Along…

As colder weather and yes, snow, looms in the forecast, the crane and crews continue to place roof panels on the new production facility.  Crews have been simultaneously working on the build-out of the new office facility at the front of the building.  We are so looking forward to the increased capacity and new work environment that this completed project will bring to our customers and our employees.

Groundwork Enhanced By Poured Footings

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.”


This Just In From A Satisfied Rapid Overhead Deployment Trailer Owner:

“We had a tree that fell on the wire breaking two 40′ poles while the three phase 266 energized wires were pinned underneath the tree.

Our troubleman, the construction & maintenance crew and tree trimmers worked together to expedite the outage.

Per our work ticket, 262 customers were dropped in order to make the site safe.

We turned it over to the tree trimmers and after the tree was removed, our crew set the Rapid Overhead Deployment Trailer approximately half way between the two downed poles.  We clipped in the conductors and all customers were restored in 92 minutes.

We estimate that the outage was reduced by at least three hours by using Sauber’s Rapid Overhead Deployment Trailer.”