Gov. Branstad signs Manufacturing Week Proclamation at ABI event

October 6, 2016 | Emily Schettler |

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation at the Advanced Manufacturing Conference Tuesday, recognizing Oct. 3-7 as Manufacturing Week in Iowa. Gov. Branstad also plans to tour ABI members companies who are manufacturers on Friday to celebrate Manufacturing Day in the U.S. Click here for a release from the governor’s office about Manufacturing Week.

The proclamation was just one of many highlights from Tuesday’s Advanced Manufacturing Conference. Keynote speaker and economist Marci Rossell provided fascinating insight on the global economy and what it means for Iowa manufacturers. Speaker Richard Hawk provided a light yet important reminder about how necessary it is to be present, focused and mindful at work and in life in general.

During the event, ABI presented the 2016 Advocacy in Action Award to Steve Dust, president and CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance. Dust serves on the ABI Board of Directors and has been a vocal advocate for Iowa business issues. Click here to read a press release about Dust’s award and here to watch a video about his career and the establishment of the new Cedar Valley TechWorks campus. 

Attendees also got to participate in a variety of informative workshops on everything from the latest technology and innovation to supply chain management. Click here to see photos of the event.