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193 Second Tour of Midwest Control Products Corp

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Building a T-Handle Push-Pull Cable

Stop Motion Film - Cable in the making

Making A Spherical Rod End Bearing ('heim joint', 'rose joint')

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Beating the Recession

BUSHNELL, Illinois - A McDonough County manufacturer is fighting the recession with its most valuable resource, its employees. When factory orders are down, this concept is really taking root.

Vegetables are sprouting all over an acre-sized plot in Bushnell, Illinois. These folks are going green when the recession has their business feeling blue.

"I don't believe I've ever seen it this slow," said Terri Webster, who joined Midwest Control Products in 1974.

But things are moving quickly in this garden. Midwest Control Products created the project to keep their staffers on the payroll.

"Now that's an idea," said Tracie Howell, with 12 years at the company. "Never heard of that."

From its location in a 19th century carriage factory, they do things a little differently here.

"Granted, it's a little bit unusual for a metal fabricator to put in a big garden," said Midwest President Mark Rauschert.

In good times, the family-owned business creates parts for companies like Deere & Company. But the recession cut shop activity by 70% this year.

"We had to get much more creative and come up with some larger projects with the goal of not laying people off," said Midwest Vice President Kerry Rhodes.

So instead of just letting employees go during the traditional summer slowdown, the company devised alternative projects. Employees are taking over maintenance work inside the plant and pitching in to cut the grass. They've even planted more than 100 trees. All the while, 75 employees staying on the clock.

But the biggest change, all agree, is the garden.

"I've never planted a garden," Webster said. "I'm learning a lot."

This hands-on work is much different from running a machine, but it sends a powerful message about staying afloat during tough times.

"The company is community based," said Howell. "It wants to stay in the community and wants to help the community."

A first crop to sell outside the factory and at a farmers market. If the concept breaks even, the garden will be even larger next year.

"What we're doing is working," Rhodes said. "We made a commitment to our employees to keep them working and stay profitable. We've managed to do both of those things."

"We just felt it was the right thing to do," Rauschert concluded.

The right thing to save jobs at this company.

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160 second tour of Midwest Control

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Midwest Control Products Corp.
590 East Main Street, Bushnell, IL 61422 USA
Ph: (309)772-3163 e-mail: info@midwestcontrol.com Fx: (309) 772-2266

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