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Fusion Tech Makes a Substantial Donation to Local Food Pantries

Investing in our local community is a high priority here at Fusion Tech.

As a business that started local and stayed local, we know it’s our responsibility to step up and help our community, especially in times of crisis.

It’s why we made the decision at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to donate $5 for every COVID-19 Guard we sold to local food pantries.

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Fusion Tech Donates to Local Food Pantries

Giving back to our local community is a core value here at Fusion Tech.

As a company that started local and stayed local, we feel a responsibility to invest back into the communities surrounding us — to help improve the quality of life and keep our communities safe and healthy.

That’s why we made the decision two weeks ago to donate $5 of the sale of every COVID-19 Guard we sold to food pantries in our area.

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Fusion Tech Commits to Helping Local Food Pantries

Keeping people fed is part of our business.

As a manufacturer of food processing equipment, Fusion Tech is part of the critical supply chain that keeps our country fed — a responsibility we take seriously, especially now during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

That’s why we’ve committed to helping stock our local food pantries to provide for those in need.

For each COVID-19 Guard we sell to food processing companies, we will donate $5 of the proceeds to our local food pantries.

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Fusion Tech Helps Donate Intubation Boxes to McDonough District Hospital

As a business that started and stayed local, we believe it’s essential to give back to our community, especially in crazy and uncertain times like this.

We are happy to announce that this week, we were able to donate the plexiglass used to build an intubation box for McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Illinois.

The project was spearheaded by Jacob Bentz, son of Fusion Tech owners Kathy and Brandon Bentz, and friend Alec Thompson.

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Fusion Tech Open with Revised Hours

On Saturday, March 21, Fusion Tech was declared a critical supply chain component for the food processing industry.

Due to this announcement, we will reopen on Tuesday, March 24 with revised business hours.

Customers can contact our offices from 7:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday, during the shelter-in-place order.

We are taking extensive safety measures based on all CDC and WHO recommendations, protocols, and Government regulations, including:

  • Staggering employee start times by department
  • Using one employee entrance so testing can happen every day
  • Employees who are not necessary for manufacturing to happen will be working from home
  • Limiting access to our facilities for all non-employees

These measures will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Fusion Tech and allow us to meet customer orders during the outbreak.

All employees will be contacted by phone today about their department start time and where they need to report for mandatory testing. Please do NOT enter through any door you choose. 

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Fusion Tech Declared a Critical Industry and Will Reopen

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, Fusion Tech received word that we are a critical supply chain component for the food processing industry.

Due to this announcement, we will tentatively reopen on Tuesday, March 24.

Extensive safety measures will be put in place that adhere to all CDC and WHO recommendations, protocols, and Government regulations.

We are advising all employees to wait for a company wide announcement on Monday before making any decisions that might affect their ability to return to work.

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Fusion Tech Closed During Illinois COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order

On Friday, March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a “shelter-in-place” order for the entire state of Illinois from March 21 to April 7 in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Due to this order, Fusion Tech has been required to shut down all operations until the shelter-in-place order is lifted.

During the shutdown, we will only be processing critical service and support issues or spare parts for food processing companies. We are equipped with the correct credentials to respond quickly to those requests.

Our automated phone system has been updated to forward those critical requests to the appropriate person who can get those spare parts to you in a timely fashion.

Should you have a critical issue, please call our office at 309-588-4803.

All other industries and requests will be logged and processed once the shelter-in-place order is lifted and we return to normal operations.

Requests for quotes on our equipment can be made via the website. Our marketing and sales team are working remotely to assist you.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will do everything in our power both during and after the shutdown to ensure your projects are completed in a timely and healthy fashion.


A Message from Fusion Tech Concerning COVID-19

As concerns and restrictions continue to intensify around the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we want to reassure our customers that Fusion Tech is taking all necessary precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

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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