“Elevate Advanced Manufacturing” Campaign Announces Iowa Manufacturing Week
The Elevate Advanced Manufacturing campaign, promoted by the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium and Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), jointly announce the launch of “Iowa Manufacturing Week” beginning with a formal proclamation from Governor Branstad at the Capitol building in Des Moines.
Iowa Manufacturing Week events include:
September 30 – October 4: Iowa’s Governor will kick off the week on September 30th with a 9 a.m. news conference in the State Capitol Building, Room G9. He will then conduct a statewide tour, visiting facilities to understand the challenges facing advanced manufacturers. The tour list includes:
- Adair: Agri-Drain
- Anamosa: Bennett Machine and Fabricating, Inc.
- Atlantic: Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling
- Audubon: Quality Machine of Iowa
- Clarinda: Lisle Corporation
- Corydon: East Penn Manufacturing
- Denison: Bohlmann
- Independence: Wapsie Valley Creamery
- Osceola: Miller Products
- Red Oak: Red Oak Manufacturing
Thursday, October 3 is Elevate Day . In a Statewide effort, the “Elevate” campaign promotes careers and training opportunities within advanced manufacturing. The following community colleges will be holding informational events:
Marshalltown: Marshalltown Community College (IVCCD)
- 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Open House
“Advanced manufacturing jobs represent 14 percent of Iowa’s employment,” says Mike Ralston, president of ABI. “We are working to build a positive public perception of these careers by addressing misconceptions about poor work environments, safety issues and low wages. The truth is that advances in technology have changed the industry, transforming how manufacturing work is performed and created a demand for more and higher paid skilled workers. It’s big business for Iowa, and we need to spread the word.”
Learn more about Elevate Advanced Manufacturing at www.elevateiowa.com .
CONTACT: Kyle Semprini
Marshalltown Community College
I-AM CONTACT: Susan Metheny
Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (I-AM)(515) 964-6847 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (I-AM) is an Iowa community college initiative to elevate advanced manufacturing, funded through a $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.
The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) has been the voice of Iowa business since 1903, and its mission is to collectively provide value to business and industry on issues impacting Iowa employers. ABI is currently comprised of over 1,400 Iowa businesses of all types and sizes employing more than 300,000 Iowans.