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2016 Feed My Starving Children – Update

An appropriate run-up to Thanksgiving again found us co-sponsoring and helping staff the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack.  Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. 


2015 2016 Lifetime of Event
Meals Packed 1,029,240 1,252,936 6,360,768
# of Kids Fed For 1 Year 2,820 3,433 17,427
# of Volunteers 4,658 5,019 26,607
Cost of Meals Packed $226,433 $275,000 $1,500,000




To all of our customers… with gratitude.

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts.  Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us.  The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.”

— Wilferd A. Peterson

From all of our team members at Sauber Mfg Co, Happy Thanksgiving.

With grateful appreciation, we bid farewell to our founder …

The company announces the passing of Charles “Chuck” Sauber Sr., age 96, who claimed the promise of his Savior on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.  He was born on April 16, 1920. Chuck or Charlie, depending on what name he went by at the time, grew up in Virgil, IL. He entered the working world at age fifteen, and drove a horse-drawn mower that mowed the grass along the highway. Following graduation, Chuck worked at DuPage Boiler Works where he worked on the line and wore through a pair Sears Sturdy Oak work gloves every single day. Chuck always had an eye on advancement and if there was an opportunity to further his career, he jumped at the chance. The number of jobs he held during those early years could fill several pages. Chuck was a salesman for Schuh Grain Elevator for many years. In 1964, he worked as a utility specialist for Platt Incorporated who sold truck equipment. Later, he took a job with Astoria Fibra-Steel, where he sold fiberglass truck bodies. His tenure with Astoria was tenuous at times, but Chuck eventually established his own distributorship, which ultimately turned into Sauber Manufacturing in 1968. The story goes that Charlie was asked by some lineman if he could come up with this or that improvement.  Since he had a small machine shop at home, he worked at night to find a solution and bring it back out to the field for testing.  After a few failures and a few successes, Charlie was off and running.  As time went on, Sauber Manufacturing grew into different areas of utility needs, and followed Chuck’s ambitions and imagination making a name for itself in innovation and collaboration. Today’s Sauber Manufacturing continues to sell direct to customers to preserve the ability to have direct feedback from the field, and is the industry’s leader in innovation because of it.  It may have all begun when he was a young man of 10 years old. Chuck fixed a piece of farm machinery, an Oat Binder, which instilled in him a fever to make things work better and more efficiently. Upon that foundation, Chuck would add 49 industrial patents including his first invention, the “Snap-e”, a snap fastener repair tool. His wife’s frustration with the constantly failing snaps on her children’s clothing was the inspiration for that tool. (Chuck got the patent on the “Snap-e” but Lorraine should have gotten the credit!) Retirement was a dirty word to Chuck and never entered into his vocabulary, mostly because his mind never stopped thinking. Even into his last days, he had dreams and aspirations to make life easier for future patients and nurses. In fact, he wanted to live three more years in order to make some of the dreams a reality, but he has forgone the limited potential of the earthly and is now reveling in his Heavenly workshop where nothing is impossible.  Chuck was a proud member and past commander of the Maple Park American Legion #312.  His family was so large and Virgil so small, Chuck was known to say with pride that he fathered 10% of the population! He was the beloved husband of the late Lorraine Sauber; and loving father of sixteen children.  The company continues to be family owned and operated and has a plan in place for it to continue Charlie’s legacy well into the future.

Galvanized Wheel Rims Now Standard

It’s been understood for a while now that painted rims, even with advancements in powder coating, don’t hold up very well. This is true across trailers and trucks and it doesn’t take a long walk in the yard to prove it out. The rim is in the harshest environment on the road—and it’s spinning. No wonder the finish can give up so quickly. Until now, this has just been a fact of life.

Today, we are announcing a conversion on all our trailers wheels to a hot-dipped galvanized finish. The same finish that has been loved by our customers for nearly three decades and is also standard on our trailers, mobile frames, platforms, dumps and everything else we build out of steel. While this is a standard, no-charge upgrade for our customers, we expect it to be highly valuable as it will keep the rims in the same great shape as the balance of the trailer. In combination with our wheel nut indicators, stainless steel inner dual valve stem extensions and available electronic hubodometers, this area of our trailers is getting the same great attention as everything that rides above it.

Stainless Steel Tool Boxes Introduced

We are pleased to offer a premium line of custom stainless steel tool boxes with an outstanding feature set as a new standard feature on our trailers. Crafted from 14 Gauge Stainless Steel, our heavy duty boxes are an appropriate extension of the long life materials we use in building equipment that lasts. Check them out here.


Now Available: Electronic Hubodometers

A nice upgrade from our popular analog hubos, this upgrade gives an operator or maintenance technician a quick reference number for a scheduled maintenance need or a safety check just prior to hitting the the road. Electronic hubodometers are now available with a stainless steel strap that avoids the need for machined installation nuts.  These units are not intended for over-the-road tractor trailers or for private use vehicles.

Wheel Nut Indicators: A Safer and Simpler Addition

Time and again we bring simple but effective innovation to our line up of standard features. The goal is to make our trailers simpler and easier to operate and maintain.  We’re happy to announce that effective now, new trailers will come to you with this standard feature.  During their daily safety check, your operators will be immediately aware of two potentially dangerous conditions with a quick look at our standard wheel nut indicators.  The indicator may be pointing outside the circle pattern which will signal that a wheel nut has loosened. The indicator may also have started to blister and distort which indicates it has been exposed to temperatures above 240° which could be an indication of brake or bearing issues.  A simple feature, but one that makes a Sauber trailer simpler and safer to operate…

Good, Old News…

We were recently invited to see just how well an upfront investment in quality Sauber equipment and a galvanized structure has paid off for our customer.  Below are pictures of a 2005 Dump Truck that’s been in continuous use at a local Park District, and then, 11 years later, the same unit.  This is a long-term investment that really saved money over a low-cost bid alternative. Re-mountable, this Dump Body will outlast the chassis with ease.

New in 1999

The Brand New 2005 Unit Ready for delivery

2005 Unit Pictured in 2016

Pictured here in 2016, the same, but 11 year-old unit retains its strength and rust-free integrity

Trailer Donations Continue To Help NRECA International

2016:  This year we worked with the Project Construction Manager at Pilot Project for Sustainable Electricity Distribution (PPSELD,) Caracol, Haiti.  We designed and built a Model 4501 Pole Dinky to help aid in this $24 million contract to establish and operate the electric utility in Caracol, Haiti.

PPSELD is a three-year undertaking to establish a self-sustaining generation-distribution utility that will expand service to include Limonade, Terrier Rouge, and Trou du Nord that are in close proximity to Caracol. In future years, PPSELD may expand service to additional communities if USAID and the Government of Haiti provide approval.  The project is an incredible opportunity for both NRECA International and local counterparts to create a true example of a successful electric utility in Haiti.  Reliable electricity in this region of the country will empower local entrepreneurs and community leaders to improve their communities and pave the way for new technology and growth.

Below, some Sauber employees representing different areas of our operation pose with the donated trailer prior to shipment.  We’re happy to help bring electricity to those in most in need.


Update 2013:       We’ve just completed the Model 4410 Pole trailer to be donated to the utility company in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.  This trailer will no doubt be used in conjunction with one of two vehicles recently donated by Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, (a Digger Derrick) and Southeastern Indiana REMC (a Bucket Truck!)   Link here to see an informative video of the work being done there.  The photo below illustrates the current method of transporting poles – via oxen.  The equipment being deployed this year will radically change things for this struggling area, and Sauber Mfg is proud to be a part of it.






2011     A new Pole Trailer, valued at $17,297 was recently built by Sauber Mfg. Co. employees at their plant in Virgil, Illinois and has been delivered to the Philippines. The unit featured a 15,000 lbs. dual wheeled undercarriage, hardwood lined bolsters, galvanized finish and a cargo bed.  The images show the trailer as an important work tool and a source of pride in a local parade.



2010:      For our first partnership with NRECA International, we built a new Pole Dinkey for deployment into Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.  This piece of equipment, combined with donations of other equipment and manpower, is helping to electrify the town of Pignon.

Sauber’s marketing manager, Mike Blaser brought the opportunity forward after reading an article in Rural Electric Magazine.  Jim Sauber, president said “What a great way to help our international neighbors enjoy the elevated standard of living and education that electricity can provide.  Our employees are part of this gift and are right there with us in support of it.”  The company’s hope is that this will be an annual commitment that can also encourage participation by other industry leaders.


ICUEE Success

The 2015 ICUEE show was a bit damp, but serious buyers proved they were willing to get wet in order to qualify needs and understand the quality and benefits that our equipment offers.  We spent 3 very productive days meeting with clients and presenting solutions to the current needs that are in the field today.  Our Model 1570 Puller garnered a good amount of attention from Investor-owned utilities and REC’s alike.

By far the largest display of electric distribution equipment, gas, and flatbed units at the show, our equipment stood out because of the standard galvanized finishes as well as the compelling line-up of soup-to-nuts solutions.  Equipment ranged from Substation Units, Reel and Pole Carrying Trailers, Flatbed Trailers, Puller, and Crane and Outrigger Pads.  If you missed us at the show, call your sales rep today for a visit or a demo at your location.