Celebrate Manufacturers Month with Events in the Red Wing Area Throughout October

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

In celebration of Manufacturers Month, the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce has developed a full schedule of exciting activities to highlight the importance of manufacturers. Each year in October, local area manufacturers and the contributions they add to our community are spotlighted. There will be events throughout the month of October, including the Annual Manufacturing Appreciation Luncheon, the 12th Annual Business Expo, a Trivia Night, and educational seminars. There is also a full schedule of local manufacturer factory tours! All local manufacturers and their supporters are invited to attend the events. 

Annual Manufacturing Appreciation Luncheon

The Chamber, along with the Red Wing Area Manufacturers Association, Red Wing Port Authority and the St. James Hotel, will be holding the Annual Manufacturing Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, October 14. All manufacturers and the businesses that support them are invited to attend. The luncheon will take place at the St. James Hotel on the 5th floor from 11:30am-1:30pm. 

This year’s speaker, Jeremiah Pauley, hails from the blue-collar town of Massillon, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army for over 10 years, until he was medically retired due to a nearly fatal shrapnel injury. He retired as a staff sergeant. 

Since retirement, Jeremiah began involvement with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The WWP inspired him to regain control of his physical well-being and helped him develop a positive attitude in regards to his injuries. He now shares his story to inspire others as a WWP spokesperson and a member of the National Speakers Association.    

Governor’s Certificates of Commendation will be presented and updates on manufacturing in the area will be given. Cost for the event is $10 per person. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call the Chamber office at 651-388-4719 or email frontdesk@redwingchamber.com. 

12th Annual Chamber Business Expo

On Tuesday, October 15, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, the 12th Annual Chamber Business Expo, Combined with Business After Hours will take place at the St. James Hotel on the 5th Floor. 

The trade show, courtesy of the St. James Hotel, will allow guests the opportunity to hear about what the Red Wing business community has to offer while they enjoy delicious food and beverages and socializing with friends. This event is free and open to the public. Register for door prizes with your business name tag and business cards.

Public Tours

Enjoy a public tour of some of the pillars of our business community to learn more about their operations and what makes each one of them special. Many of these businesses have been in the area for 50 plus years and their impact extends across the country and beyond. An abbreviated schedule is listed below, but full details are available on the Red Wing Area Chamber Website.   

Wednesday, October 16 

10am-11am, Central Research Laboratories (CRL), 3965 Pepin Avenue 

1pm-2pm, Red Wing Software, 491 Highway 19 Blvd.

Wednesday, October 22

10am-11am, BIC Graphic, 5151 Moundview Drive 

1pm-2pm, ADM (Archer-Daniels-Midland), 118 Main Street

Thursday, October 24

10am-11am, 12:30pm-1pm & 1pm-2pm

ProAct nonprofit, 204 Mississippi Avenue

Friday, October 25

10am-11am, Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Training Center, 1660 Wakonade Drive West, Welch, MN

1pm-2pm, Hobgoblin Music/Stoney End Harps, 920 Highway 19 Boulevard

Monday, October 28

10am-11am, Automated Equipment and Elektro Assemblies, 5140 Moundview Drive

1pm-2pm, SCS Elevator Products, 310 Cannon River Avenue North

Tuesday, October 29

10am-11am, Neufeldt Industrial Services & Neufab Specialty Fabricators, 2568 Eagle Ridge Drive

1pm-2pm, Solid Waste Campus, 1873 Bench Street

Wednesday, October 30

10am-11am, Red Wing Shoe Company—Plant 2,135 Cannon River Avenue

12pm-1pm, Young Professionals HYPE Tour ADM (Archer-Daniels-Midland) (Ages 21-40), 118 Main Street

Thursday, October 31

10am-11am, New Bicycle Design & Fabrication Lab, Welding Lab and Maker Space,

Minnesota State College Southeast—308 Pioneer Road

All tours are free and open to the public, but attendees must register beforehand with the Chamber office and arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins. Visit the Red Wing Area Chamber website for more details about each tour, including special requests and information about handicap accessibility. Spaces will fill up quickly as all tours are limited to 25 attendees. No cell phones or photos are allowed during tours. Closed toed shoes must be worn and attendees must be at least 16 years old to join.  

Student tours will take place on dates and times not included above. Please visit the Chamber website for a full schedule. The student tours are open to those enrolled at  Red Wing High School, Tower View Alternative School, or Goodhue County Education District. Students must register through Heidi Raasch at Red Wing High School, hmraasch@rwps.org. Busing will be provided courtesy of MN Dream It Do It. Buses will leave Red Wing High School at 9:40AM and return by 11:15AM.

MN/WI Bridge Tour

Be one of the first groups to walk the new bridge deck from MN to WI and back through the bridge construction site on October 17 or October 22 from 11am-12:30pm! The momentous tour will be narrated by Mark Anderson, Bridge Project Manager and/or Jay Owens, City Engineer. The tour is weather dependent, so be sure to check with the Red Wing Chamber office for confirmation. Meet at Mural Parking Lot, Corner of 3rd & Plum Street (Across from Liberty’s) 15 minutes prior to tour commencement. 

KCUE 10th Annual Harvest Lunch Broadcast & Tour

On Friday, October 18, from 11am-2pm, visit the Marty & Barb Kehren Farm on 35590 County 45 Blvd in Lake City to learn how food is made. KCUE Radio and The Linder Farm Network invite guests to celebrate the Fall Harvest as they broadcast live from the Marty & Barb Kehren Farm. Their goal is to bring awareness to the commodities that come out of the fields surrounding our communities. Important issues facing agriculture will be highlighted. Civic and agricultural leaders will join together in an informal setting to network. Lunch is sponsored by the Goodhue County Corn and Soybean Growers. Register through the Chamber Office by calling 651-388-4719 or email frontdesk@redwingchamber.com to attend.

Trivia Night 

Join the Chamber Staff from 7pm-9pm on the evening of October 24th for a fun trivia night at Jimmy’s Pub (5th Floor of the St. James Hotel, 406 Main Street). The topic will be manufacturing. Learn how many products are manufactured in Red Wing and more interesting facts about the community! 

Annual E-Recycling Event

On Saturday, October 26 from 8am-2pm join community member at 1873 Bench Street—City of Red Wing Solid Waste Campus for a chance to responsibly recycle broken and unwanted electronics. This event is sponsored by the City of Red Wing. Most items can be recycled for free. Reduced rates are offered on other items like console televisions and freon appliances. For more details, contact the City of Red Wing at 651-385-3658.

The History of Red Wing Beer Making Event 

On October 30th from 12pm-1pm at the Goodhue County Historical Society on 1166 Oak Street, there will be a celebratory historical education event on the history of beer making in Red Wing. Scott Kolby and Norm Norman will cover the colorful history. Guests will also learn about present-day beer making at the local Red Wing Brewery.  

Learn more about these exciting events and register by visiting the Red Wing Area Chamber’s website through our community links or directly at www.redwingchamber.com.

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