Legends in Manufacturing Honorees

November 12, 2021 | Grateful: Showing Gratitude in Business

Local business leaders–including Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds– were recently honored at the state’s largest event dedicated to the advanced manufacturing industry. Hosted by Elevate Iowa and the Iowa Association of Business & Industry (ABI), the annual Legends in Advanced Manufacturing celebration formally recognizes community leaders for their contributions to Iowa’s manufacturing industry, their communities, and the state of Iowa.

Hundreds of nominations rolled in across the state for the 2021 Legends in Manufacturing Awards. This year, five individuals were chosen as Legends in Manufacturing. The awardees are:

Under 100 Employees Awardee: Larry Raymon – Owner and CEO Raymon Donco Air Distribution Equipment (Albion, Iowa).

For over 40 years, Larry’s philosophy of “Heartland values, America’s vision” has been demonstrated daily, both in his significant contributions to his company and his community.

100-300 Employees Awardee: Tim Bianco – President and CEO Iowa Spring (West Des Moines, Iowa).

Tim has built a legacy of exceptional products, service, and client relationships for nearly 40 years. In addition to his dedication to his company, Tim regularly gives back to his local community.

300+ Employees Awardee: Kellan Longenecker – Plant Manager General Mills, Inc. Avon Plant (Carlisle, Iowa).

Driven by a dedication to advancing the industry, Kellan takes pride in serving on local community boards, speaking at conferences and events, and finding new ways to advocate for advanced manufacturing.

Manufacturing Champion Awardee: Kim Reynolds – Iowa Governor.

Kim Reynolds is a long-time advocate of Iowa’s advanced manufacturing industry. Kim’s commitment has been instrumental to the success of the overall industry and the families who live and work in Iowa’s local communities through programs such as Future Ready Iowa and Manufacturing 4.0.

Posthumous Awardee: Larry Countryman – Former CFO and Treasurer Wilson Trailer Company (Sioux City, Iowa).

For over 25 years, Larry was the CEO and Treasurer of Wilson Trailer Company and was highly sought after for his experience and propensity for imparting knowledge. In addition to his dedication to serving his company and employees, Larry was highly involved in the community and active in dozens of non-profits and organizations.

Elevate Iowa is honored to publicly celebrate these great leaders in Iowa’s largest industry. Advanced manufacturing contributing nearly $30 billion annually to Iowa’s economy! In addition to its wide range of high-paying and in-demand careers, manufacturing companies are in the top-third of employers in the state.

To learn more or get involved in Elevate visit elevateiowa.com. Elevate Iowa is a statewide initiative to promote careers and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing.

Elevate offers resources to all Iowans about the many opportunities in advanced manufacturing. The Elevate initiative is directed by a coalition of all Iowa community colleges, the Iowa Association of Business & Industry (ABI) Foundation, the private manufacturing sector, and the state of Iowa. Learn more at www.elevateiowa.com.