October kicks off Manufacturing Month in the state of Illinois, and to celebrate, the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is hosting a series of info sessions and tours, open for all to attend.

Manufacturing Month & Day is a a celebration of today's manufacturers, and meant to inspire future generations. Manufacturing Day is October 6th, and the day aims to address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to show what manufacturing is — and what it isn't.

Read on to see what events will be taking place:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Silgan Closures Tour, 10 AM - 4 PM, except 11 AM - 1 PM:

Come check out this leading global supplier of an extensive range of metal, plastic and composite closures for consumer products. The Champaign facility directly serves the non-carbonated food and beverage industry. Learn more and RSVP HERE.

Friday, October 6, 2017

ECCA Open House, 7:30 - 9:30 AM:

Manufacturing: Stop by the Parkland College open house to learn more about the Early College and Career Academy. Guests will have the chance to see and hear from students enrolled in the program about their projects and experiences, tour the Parkhill Applied Technology Center, chat with Parkland instructors, and learn how local companies are partnering with ECCA to offer scholarship opportunities for students. Learn more and RSVP HERE

ShapeMaster, Inc. Tour, 10 AM - 3 PM, except 12 - 1 PM:

Come tour ShapeMaster; A company dedicated to providing designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and inventors with the latest technology to meet their needs - offering 3D printing, vacuum thermoforming, fabrication, and more! Learn more and RSVP HERE.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Litania Sports Group Tour, 9:30 - 11:30 AM:

On this tour, guests will learn more about this parent company of Gill Athletics and Porter Athletic. Companies known for being the official Track Equipment Corporate Partner of the NFHS and as the leader in the gymnasium equipment market. Learn more and RSVP HERE.