Empowering Tomorrow’s Workforce: A Day at Cresswood Shredding Machinery Showcasing the Future of Skilled Trades

Cresswood Shredding Machinery, a proud manufacturer of American made industrial shredders and grinders, recently opened its doors to over 40 enthusiastic high school students from the local area. The visit was not just a tour but an immersive experience designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application.

Guided by experienced professionals, the students were given a behind-the-scenes look at every stage of the manufacturing process, from raw material intake to the assembly of the finished products. They witnessed the precision and skill required to operate heavy machinery and learned about the importance of quality control and safety protocols in a manufacturing environment such as Cresswood that manufactures pallet, plastic, wood, and paper recycling shredders. But perhaps most importantly, they had the opportunity to engage with employees who shared their own career journeys, emphasizing the diverse pathways available within the industry.

Many of our employees directly interacted with the students and explained their work and what was important in preparing them for success. Our employee in the fabrication shop, Matt Cornell, explained to groups of students the ins and outs of his job and how his vocational training at Kishwaukee College helped prepare him for a successful fabrication career. It was fantastic for the students to see we have three happy Cresswood employees who have gone through the same curriculum.

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