Iowa Celebrates Manufacturing Day

National manufacturing day, also known as MFG Day, is a day that aims to address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers the opportunity to open their doors and showcase what manufacturing is – and what it isn’t. Manufacturing is just another element of technology that is moving our state forward. Iowa factories have added 6,900 jobs since 2010, an increase of 3.4 percent. Technological advancements and changes to the industry have transformed the way in which manufacturing work is performed and have created a demand for more middle-skilled workers. Although the official National Manufacturing Day was October 2, businesses and communities in Iowa are celebrating throughout the entire month of October.

Below are a few of manufacturing events worth checking out:

October 15, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm ISU Extension and Outreach will host a lunch and learn in Keosauqua, which will include a presentation of manufacturing technologies with a focus on additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology.

October 17, 2015 9:30am – 10:30am Will host a meeting with The Fairfield Economic Development Association and local companies to discuss tech-based innovation (with a focus on mfg) and how the ISU-CIRAS programs can assist organizations throughout the process.

October 28, 2015 5:00pm – 7:00pm Lee County Economic Development Group will be celebrating manufacturing in Fort Madison at the Annual Salute to Industry Summit. Don’t miss Manufacturing 101, a basic course that will help you develop the skills necessary to start a career in manufacturing. Enjoy appetizers and drinks while networking with professionals from key industries and elected officials from Lee County and Southeast Iowa.

 October 28, 2015 – October 29, 2015 Siemans will participate in Lee County Economic Development Group’s Salute to Industry Summit 2015. The facility will also host students enrolled in Wind Technician and Wind Blade Repair programs from Cloud Community College in Concordia, KS.

Many groups, including Center for Industrial Research and Service and Elevate Iowaare working to promote manufacturing in Iowa. Did you know manufacturing employs the most workers in Lee County with 18.4 percent of the workforce in the manufacturing sector in 2014? Additionally, 64 percent of workers employed in the manufacturing sector have training beyond high school.

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Iowa manufacturing is continuing to grow and change the way we do business in Southeast Iowa. Many of the materials made in Iowa impact lives across the country. We’d love to hear which events you attend!

The Restoring Iowa Jobs Team 

 

Working to Restore Iowa Jobs

As of April 2015, Iowa’s unemployment rate is 3.8 percent. That’s almost two percent lower than the national average and 0.7 percent lower than this time last year!

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Every day, Iowans are working to make our economy better, and in Southeast Iowa THIS IS HAPPENING, which is increasing the quality of life for those who live in and love our state.

Iowa ranks third in the U.S. for job creation, and added more than 11,600 non-farm jobs this past year, growing the total state workforce to almost 1.5 million! On top of that, Lee County Economic Development Group created the program, Grow Lee, to assist in the development of the local workforce.

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Many industries are working to help Iowans find jobs. Iowa manufacturers are the driving force behind the state’s labor market. Did you know that manufacturing firms supply more than 208,858 jobs to Iowans? This represents more than 14 percent of the state’s total employment. Manufacturing employs the most workers in Lee County with 18.4 percent of the workforce in the manufacturing sector in 2014.

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Keep up the great work, Iowa! Thanks to the commitment of many companies putting down roots in our area, we look forward to a continually lowering unemployment rate!

State OKs tax breaks for fertilizer plant

Originally published on WCFCourier.com by Doug Hines. 
June 20, 2015

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DES MOINES (AP) — A state board has approved $25 million in extra tax breaks for a company building a giant fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on Friday approved the tax breaks for the Lee County plant after the Iowa Fertilizer Company pledged to add 11 more jobs. The project’s cost now totals $1.9 billion, and it will employ 180 people.

According to board documents, approval of the request brings the total amount of tax benefits the state has provided to the company to $107.5 million.