Despite the gray weather, the outlook for Magnetrol® International was 100% sunny during its official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, celebrating the grand opening of the company’s new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Aurora, Illinois, USA.
On July 12, MAGNETROL employees, families, friends and special guests gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. In all, 661 were on hand to watch the ribbon cutting, including Illinois Congressman Bill Foster, Illinois State Senator Linda Holmes and Aurora’s Assistant Chief of Staff Chuck Nelson. Fourteen MAGNETROL officers and directors cut the ribbon, which was held by two veteran MAGNETROL associates, Crys Fiedler (39 years) and Pepe Silva (37 years).
Asked about their role in the ribbon-cutting, Mr. Silva said, “I was very proud to be chosen to participate in the ceremony,” with Ms. Fiedler adding, “It was an honor to be asked.”
MAGNETROL President and CEO Jeff Swallow emphasized that creating the new corporate headquarters demonstrated a significant team effort. “Who would have thought that this company, which was started 83 years ago in a garage in St. Louis, Missouri, would be celebrating another start in a state-of-the-art, 231,000 square-foot, new corporate headquarters?” said Mr. Swallow. “Certainly not me. But here we are.”
“That’s what makes this company great,” added Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Heiser. “It’s the perseverance, it’s the passion and it’s the drive that each of our associates, each one of our members of this company, each one of our partners has, that makes us what we are today.”