Prairie View Industries (PVI), a family-owned business in Fairbury, has been going strong for 25 years, and to celebrate, they want to invite the community to see what they do.
Ashley Kats, Team Leader at PVI, explained that the event on Monday promises to be an exciting and educational one.
“We are celebrating 25 years in business, so on Monday, August 22, we are having an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said Kats. “It’s open to the public. We’re inviting the community to come up and see what all we do.”
To give those in attendance the ultimate experience, they will have tours of the facility every 30 minutes. Kats explained that lunch will be provided and that there will even be special coverage of the event by Ol’ Red 99.5.
“We’re excited to have them up here,” Kats said. “They’re going to be doing some special on-site broadcasting and have the peel and reveal tickets. We’re also going to have some handouts and drawings for prizes. So, it’s going to be a pretty exciting event.”
To have a local business keep its operations going strong for so long is a great accomplishment, Kats believes. She attributes the success of the business to the strength of the family and to keeping jobs in the United States.
“We’re a family owned and operated company,” said Kats. “We’re kind of a rare breed because we’re a USA-made manufacturing company. So, I think that people really get excited about having things made in America. People are really getting back to supporting American-made manufacturers.”
The company focuses on two different lines of products. The first is access ramps for small vehicles and for wheel chairs, which Kats believes can make the way of life somewhat easier.
“We’re very proud to be able to assist people that way,” Kats said. “We do quite a bit with the VA and getting our veterans ramps and making life a little bit easier for them.”
PVI also manufactures food service equipment for use in restaurants. Over the years, PVI has helped to support various organizations within the community as they work to improve the quality of life in Fairbury and Jefferson County.
“We employ about 115 people,” said Kats. “So, we rely on this community to help things operate here. So, it’s important for us to give back in any way we can. When we see an opportunity that we’re able to do that, it’s a privilege to be able to give back. We think that that’s very important to continue helping our community thrive.”
Kats encourages people to attend as all of the owners will be there to host the event. She believes it will help people to see what PVI does.
“A lot of people in the community may not know what we do,” Kats said. “So we’re excited to be able to open our doors and let people have an inside look at what goes on here and what we do.”