May 2013

Pride in a Union Shop

Richards-Wilcox, located in Aurora, Ill., is one of the longest, continuously operated union shop factories in the Chicago area. The multi-million dollar company is a leading manufacturer of conveyor products for overhead material handling, and specialty door hardware branded under the Richards-Wilcox name; and office storage and filing product sold under the Aurora Storage brand.

Richards-Wilcox employees produce premium quality product from American-made steel and are members of the Shopmen’s Local 590 (Aurora, Ill.) of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. “The union history at Richards-Wilcox is long and strong, dating back over 60 years,” said Local President Jimmie King.

Roy Koch, president of Richards-Wilcox affirms this stating, “Our workers have pride in place. This pride translates to union-made products with unsurpassed quality that are in high demand domestically and internationally. Our union workforce is extremely skilled and motivated to make sure every product going out the door is perfect to delight our customers. Their dedication and the consistent quality they produce have allowed our company to weather the recession and add to our workforce when so many other companies have outsourced jobs or failed entirely.”