Effingham, IL – September 29, 2023, The Effingham County Chamber is gearing up for the 10th Anniversary of Trades Skills & Manufacturing Day, a milestone celebration presented by the City of Effingham. This special event on Thursday, October 5, aims to highlight the profound significance of the trades, skills, and manufacturing industries while providing high school students with a glimpse into modern career opportunities available within Effingham County.

Trades Skills & Manufacturing Day, often referred to as TSM Day, promises a day of inspiration and enlightenment for local youth. The event features guided tours of various local facilities, enabling students to witness firsthand the innovative processes and diverse careers these industries offer. Many of these careers leverage advanced technology, automation, and robotics to create products that are distributed globally.

Trades Skills & Manufacturing Day offers students an opportunity to explore the facilities of various tour hosts who open their doors to showcase potential career paths.

Participating tour hosts include Dan Hecht Chevrolet-Toyota, Effingham Machining & Assembly Components (EMAC), John Boos & Co., The Krusteaz Company, Metrics Works – Effingham / Versatech A Genuen Company, Nova Solutions Inc., Peerless of America, Probst Auto Body, Pyramid Marble & Granite, Quad Graphics, Sherwin Williams, Siemer Milling Company, Stevens Industries, Inc., Three Z Printing, and Y-Yard Auto Parts.

During lunch, company booths are set up to host a mini-career fair, providing students with valuable insights into the array of employment options available to them.

Participating companies at these booths include Dan Hecht Chevrolet-Toyota, Effingham Army Recruiting Station, Effingham Machining & Assembly Components (EMAC), Effingham Regional Career Academy, Innovative Staff Solutions, John Boos & Co., The Krusteaz Company, Lanracorp, Metrics Works – Effingham / Versatech A Genuen Company, Nova Solutions Inc., Probst Auto Body, Sherwin Williams, Siemer Milling Company, The Equity, Three Z Printing, and more.

The 10th Anniversary of Trades, Skills & Manufacturing Day is poised to be an exceptional milestone, graced by the presence of distinguished public figures, including State Senator Steve McClure, State Representative Adam Niemerg, 12th District Field Representative Rachel Kaiser, City of Effingham Mayor Mike Schutzbach, City of Effingham Administrator Steve Miller, Effingham County Board Chairman Joshua Douthit, and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Southeast Region Manager Kala L. Lambert.

The success of Trades Skills & Manufacturing Day wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of its sponsors. The City of Effingham, Effingham Regional Growth Alliance, John Boos & Co., The Krusteaz Company, Sherwin Williams, and Three Z Printing have played instrumental roles in making this day a reality. These sponsors, along with participating businesses, share a common commitment to nurturing the future of Effingham County’s youth.

Effingham County looks forward to celebrating a decade of inspiring the future at Trades Skills & Manufacturing Day and is immensely grateful to all those who contribute to its success.

To learn how you can play a pivotal role in our 10th Anniversary, contact the Effingham County Chamber at (217) 342-4147 or check out Trades, Skills & Manufacturing Day at www.effinghamcountychamber.com/event/trades-skills-manufacturing-day/.


About the Effingham County Chamber
Since its establishment in 1917, the Effingham County Chamber has emerged as the foremost advocate and supporter of local businesses. With a commitment to fostering growth and prosperity, the Chamber offers leadership opportunities, volunteer programs, and business-building initiatives tailored to the vital needs of Effingham County enterprises. By harnessing the collective support, talent, and resources of its members, the Effingham County Chamber leads the way in driving business success and fostering community growth.