Elevate Iowa to recognize legends in Iowa manufacturing

July 7, 2015

Elevate Iowa to Recognize Legends in Iowa Manufacturing

DES MOINES, Iowa – July 7, 2015 – Elevate Iowa, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), has issued a call for nominations for outstanding leaders in manufacturing to be honored at its upcoming 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, 2015. Nominees may be key company leaders, past or present. 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.

“Manufacturing is Iowa’s largest industry, contributing $28 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.”

To nominate an individual for a Legends in Manufacturing Award, visit www.elevateiowa.com and click on the ‘About’ section. Nominations are due Aug. 1.

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% 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.