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Chicago Blower Corporation – Crain’s Chicago Business

WHO WE ARE

CBC is a family owned business that has been around for over 70 years. We make industrial air movement equipment and our production employees are members of SMART – the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation union.

STUFF WE MAKE/DO

We make fans! But not the kind that are on your ceiling or cooling your house. We make fans for large construction projects and fans that cool locomotives and helicopters. We make fans that are used to dye leather for footballs and create waves for wave pools!

TOP CLIENTS

Our fans can be found at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. They might even be in a local water park near you!

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

CBC has over 20 positions that require no college degree at all. We hire welders who have finished a training program, assemblers who are handy with power tools and painters, craters and production helpers with a willingness to work hard and learn a new skill. Many of our careers offer promotions within the job classification. For example: you can move from an entry level Welder C to a third level Welder A.

FUN STUFF

“Bags” tournaments, golf and softball leagues, Pop-A-Shot contests, chili cook-offs and an annual work-day summer picnic are just a few of the ways we spend time together off the clock. We also encourage volunteerism by breaking up the work day to help at our local food pantry.

EMPLOYEE PROFILES

Angel Granda

Angel Granda

Press Brake Operator / 6 years at the company

JOB DUTIES

In my job I get to operate several pieces of press brake equipment to form parts for our fans. I also do some spot welding.

WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I like this job and I think my mechanical skills have improved since I’ve started working here as a press brake operator. I work on my own and I like the fact that it’s my area and I get to figure out the best way to form a certain angle or flange. My supervisor is ready to help when I have a question or want to run something by him.

THE JOB: EDUCATION AND TRAINING

REQUIREMENTS

Our press brake operator needs to be good with basic math and have some experience working in a factory or completed a shop class in high school.

SKILLS

You need to know how to read a tape measure. The rest we train you on.

Brian Meadows

Brian Meadows

Welder/ 2.5 years at the company

JOB DUTIES

I weld the wheels that are used inside the fan units to move the air.

WHAT DOES THIS JOB AND WORKING AT THIS COMPANY MEAN TO YOU?

I love working here. CBC pays a livable wage and treats employees right. I wanted to be a welder when I applied but there weren’t any welder positions available. They thought I would be good in another position and suggested I take that job while I waited for a welding spot to open up. I did and I when a positioned opened up they remembered me for it. I think all of the training I’ve received has prepared me to be a better welder. I hope to retire from here someday.

THE JOB: EDUCATION AND TRAINING

REQUIREMENTS

All of our welders should have a completed a welder training program. Experience outside of the classroom is not necessary; we can train you.

SKILLS

You need to know how to read a tape measure and identify welding symbols.


For more information, contact Kathleen Redington, vice president – human resources | 630-858-2600

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