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Cancellation of all March Short Courses Due to COVID-19

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 and mandated closings of schools and restaurants throughout the state of Illinois, we have made the decision to cancel all of our meat processing short courses throughout the month of March.

We had instructors and attendees traveling from California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, and the Chicago-land area, many of which have already experienced outbreaks of the virus.

There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community, and we did not want to contribute to bringing the virus to our area.

Our next scheduled short course, Sausage Processing 101, is still scheduled for May 20-21, with Marination and Thermal Processing scheduled for June 16-17 and 17-18, respectively. You can view the schedule and register on our site.

Attendees registered for the canceled March courses will have first priority in registering for the June courses.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we believe it’s important to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Fusion Tech Hosts Warren County 4-H Club

Investing in the local community is important to us here at Fusion Tech.

It’s why we were excited to have the Happy Hustlers club from our local Warren County 4-H group came out to visit our facility on Thursday, June 6.

Warren County 4h Happy Hustlers tour shopSeven members of the club, along with two chaperones, were treated to a brief history and overview of our company from Dan Bentz, VP of Sales, and a tour of our facility from Jason Vana, Marketing Director. They even got to see the progress of our current expansion and learn how it will help not only us as a company but our local economy as well.

We showed students some current projects we’re working on, both in our drafting department and on the shop floor. They were able to see our new Snack Stick Cutter, two of our Smokehouses, some platforms and stairs, and a few conveyors all that are being built for our customers.

“It was a joy having the Happy Hustlers club at our facility,” explained Jason Vana, marketing director. “The students loved getting to see our shops and the various equipment we use to provide solutions to our customers. As a company, we think it’s important to invest back into our local community, and helping young people see that there is a big company out here with a global reach, and to introduce them to the world of manufacturing, is one way we do that.”

In December 2018, Fusion Tech made a substantial year-end donation to the Warren County 4-H club. Customers and community members were able to vote on where we would make the donation, and the 4-H club won by 54 votes.

If your club or organization would like to schedule a tour of the Fusion Tech facilities, please contact us at marketing@ftiinc.org.

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