Fiscal Year Off to Strong Start

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Autumn has only just begun, but it has already been a very busy period at ABI. In late August, our organization held one of its most popular annual events, the ABI Executive Open. Hundreds of members converged on Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines for this always-fun event.

One of the most uplifting events each year is the Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner, hosted by ABI’s Elevate initiative. This year was no exception, with hundreds of members coming together last month to celebrate Iowa manufacturing. That event was followed by the annual Advanced Manufacturing Conference, another terrific event. Also, this fall, the ABI Foundation announced the members selected for inclusion in the 2021-2022 Leadership Iowa Class. Later this month, ABI leaders will participate in the ABI Washington DC Fly-In. Participants will meet with each member of the Iowa Congressional delegation, along with other federal officials and with leaders from both BIPAC and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

All of these events are of great value. But perhaps the event I enjoyed the most was our fiscal year’s first meeting of the ABI Board of Directors. That event was held here in Maquoketa, where our company, Jackson Mfg., Inc. is located. The day ended with an afternoon tour of Jackson Mfg., Inc. and our team and I enjoyed welcoming our ABI colleagues to our company. Thank you to all that could attend. By the way, one of the issues discussed at the board meeting was community preparedness and response. You can read about that and more in this month's Business Record Iowa and I hope you find it of interest.