Elevate Iowa to Recognize Iowa's Outstanding Manufacturing Leaders

September 24, 2015

Elevate Iowa to Recognize Iowa’s Outstanding

Manufacturing Leaders

Inaugural event to award five companies and individuals

DES MOINES, Iowa – Sept. 24, 2015 – Elevate Iowa, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), will recognize outstanding leaders in manufacturing at its upcoming inaugural Legends in Iowa Manufacturing awards dinner.

Five individuals, representing the best of Iowa manufacturing, will be honored at the “Legends in Manufacturing” awards dinner Sept. 29 at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona. Awards will be given in five categories: individuals from companies with fewer than 100 employees, between 100 – 300 employees, more than 300 employees, an individual greatly supporting manufacturing, and a posthumous award. Nearly 200 attendees already have registered for the event, including Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

“Manufacturing is one of Iowa’s largest industries, contributing $31 billion annually to the state’s economy,” ABI President Mike Ralston said. “These companies are the foundation of most Iowa communities and the source of employment as well as charitable contributions and tax revenue. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the founders and leaders of these
amazing Iowa companies. They deserve this moment.”

Click here to register for the event.

The event is being sponsored by the following companies: Presenting Sponsor: Hillphoenix; Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Agri-Industrial Plastics; and Manufacturing Champion Sponsor: Kreg Tool. Supporting Sponsors include Des Moines Area Community College, Emerson/Fisher, Lennox Industries, Sukup Manufacturing and United Equipment Accessories. 

Elevate Iowa (www.elevateiowa.com) is a statewide, integrated marketing campaign to promote careers and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing. The initiative is directed by a coalition of all 15 Iowa Community Colleges represented by the Iowa-Advanced
Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the private manufacturing sector, and the State of Iowa. The initiative is funded in part by the I-AM Consortium, which is 100 percent financed by a grant from the Department of Labor’s
Employment & Training Administration. Elevate Iowa offers resources to the public specifically targeting those eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers, unemployed/underemployed Iowans, U.S. veterans, along with K-12 students and their families.