As the year draws to a close, we begin to reflect on the events that made 2008 such a unique year to us here at Peddinghaus. In the past year Peddinghaus has grown exponentially and we continue to focus on our future endeavors, but before we get too far ahead of ourselves let's look back at a few highlights that really made 2008 an important year:
Steel Fab Exhibition – Sharjah, UAE – January 21st-23rd:
The world of steel construction in the Middle East turned its eyes to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates for the Steel Fab Exhibition late last January.
Many fabricators from the region were pleased to visit the Peddinghaus stand which featured a PCD-1100 mutli-spindle drill line, and a DG-1100 miter band saw under power throughout the show. Current relationships were strengthened and newly formed partnerships began as a result of the show.
NASCC: The Steel Conference, Harley Ride, Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, TN – April 2nd-4th
Booth 101 at the NASCC was the place to be last April. Peddinghaus has always served as the unofficial “Tour Guide to the World of Structural Steel Fabrication Machinery” and the NASCC Conference in Nashville provided the perfect setting for another tour.
Peddinghaus customers in the states of Tennessee and Alabama opened their doors to the 40 person Harley riding tour group who participated in this year’s event. Peddinghaus was so pleased to have their customers not only open their shop doors, but their homes as well for our group. It was Southern Hospitality at its’ best.
At the conclusion of the show Peddinghaus invited our close friends and industry partners to join us for an evening of five star dining and entertainment. You never know who will show up at the Wildhorse Saloon, the comedic brilliance of Bill Engvall was the evening's pinnacle event!
New Manufacturing Building Opened – Bradley, IL - April, 10th
Peddinghaus' new 45,000 square foot facility elevated Peddinghaus production here in Bradley to a whole new level. The ability to deliver a quality machine tool in a short time frame is important when short project deadlines need to be met.
This investment will ensure that Peddinghaus continues to offer nothing but the highest level of quality and service for our customers and business partners.
Oktoberfest – Bradley, IL – September 24th-27th
The industry event of the year – Oktoberfest – was an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. With visitors from over 40 different countries and crowds that swelled well into the thousands Oktoberfest exceeded expectations in every way possible.
- 6 new machines open to the public for the first time
- Five start entertainment: Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the motivational speaking of Lou Holtz, master illusionists from Las Vegas: The Pendragons, and finally the Musical talents of the Barenaked Ladies.
- On-site tradeshow with many industry leaders from the software and tooling industries
- Regular presentations to help customers stay competitive in today's market
- Over 20 Peddinghaus machines in operation all day, every day
- Full tours of the Peddinghaus campus
- The opportunity to meet every single one of Peddinghaus' fine employees
A positive outlook for 2009
As you can see 2008 was a great year for everyone here at Peddinghaus. It wouldn't be possible without the contributions from our industry friends and partners. Thank you for yet another great year, and we look forward to a successful 2009 working with you once again.