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Machesney Park business add space & workers

Casey Schwebke (left) looking at a part. Casey Schwebke (left) looking at a part.
Swebco 8,000 sq. ft. expansion. Swebco 8,000 sq. ft. expansion.

A Machesney Park manufacturing company gets ready to expand both its building and workforce. Swebco Manufacturing is adding on to its business. It's a great turn around for a company that just three years ago had to lay off employees for the first time in its 30 year history.

"When we had our first layoff we went off and started looking for more shops and doing new work and working together in other companies in the community.

Normally if a job came in and needed welding and other processes done we would note quote it and now we've kind of become a one stop shop," Casey Schwebke, Operations Manager.

The concept is doing so well Swebco Manufacturing is ready to expand.  Earlier this year, the Schwebke family which owns Swebco hired eight new people by the end of the year they want to add even more.  But to do so they need space. So the Schwebkes are adding 8,000 square feet.

"The shop has become a little more crowded the last couple years trying to get by with what we have. So we are planning on adding some new machinery and hiring between eight to 10 new employees," says Schwebke.

Swebco makes machine parts for industries that include food processing, agriculture and power generation. With the addition, the Schwebkes say they will be able to go after more new business.

"Part of the reason we have never had layoffs besides in '09 is being diversified, not putting all our eggs in one basket. So we are going to continue to do that and hopefully grow with all of them and see what comes out of it," says Schwebke.

The expansion should finish up in October. That's when Swebco plans to hire more workers. Schwebke will need CNC operators, quality and shipping and receiving workers. Plus, they might need a couple new office workers. You can learn more information about where to send resumes at

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