The Bradbury Company ( invited students from 13 local schools in Kansas for factory tours to celebrate Manufacturing Day in mid-October.

“We opened our doors for student tours to share opportunities for rewarding careers in manufacturing and highlight the advanced technology we utilize every day,” says Matt Werner, Senior Manager Sales & Marketing at The Bradbury Company. “Students received a full facilities tour, along with a chance to compete in hands-on skills challenges and explore our career center booths.

“This was our biggest year yet. We had over 300 students tour from 13 local schools. We were also happy to invite our technical school partners, Hutchinson Community College and Flint Hills Technical College.”

Bradbury employees led tours and explained the manufacturing progression from concept to engineering design, fabrication, assembly and testing. Students viewed the fabrication shop, which houses approximately 60 CNC machines, where Bradbury fabricates the major components required for the construction of Bradbury equipment.

Highlights of the tour included the Doosan lathe, which machines parts from 200 inches long to 30 inches in diameter, the induction heat treat center, the robotic welding cell and the high-definition plasma torch. Tour groups walked through the assembly area to observe the assembly of Bradbury custom-made machines and watched several roll forming lines running formed products.

The companies of the Bradbury Group are known for the cutting-edge technology and reliability built into every product – and for the exceptional service that helps satisfy customers worldwide. Bradbury strives to set the standard for automated production and systems integration in the metal processing industry. Bradbury believes its leveling, cutoff, punch, folding and roll forming machines and automated systems set the highest standard for productivity, reliability and safety in coil processing.