October is National Manufacturing Month, and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is hosting several tours of local manufacturing companies:

Inprentus

51 E Kenyon Rd
Champaign
October 10th, 2 to 4 p.m.

The company, based in Champaign, manufactures blazed diffraction gratings used at a growing list of synchrotrons and free electron laser facilities around the world.

(I don't know what that above sentence means, but I'll bet I would learn on the tour!)

Litania Sports Group

601 Mercury Dr
Champaign
October 11th, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Litania Sports Group is the parent company of two market-leading brands in the sports facility market, Gill Athletics and Porter Athletic.

Advanced Filtration Systems, Inc.

3206 Farber Dr
Champaign
October 29th, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Advanced Filtration Systems Inc. (AFSI), manufactures liquid filters using automated, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) techniques.

APL Engineered Materials, Inc.

2401 N Willow Rd
Urbana
October 30th, 10 to 11:45 p.m.

APL is known worldwide as a premier global supplier of high purity & ultra-dry metal halides, amalgams, metal and other advance materials for a wide range of markets including lighting, energy, scintillation and other high technology markets.

Follow the links for more details on each tour including proper attire, age minimums, and specific tour times and lengths. 

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