Iowa's oldest and largest statewide business network announces membership in all 99 counties

June 3, 2013

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) now has a member in every county in Iowa.  A milestone not achieved in over 15 years, ABI is grateful it now has complete representation throughout the state. 

 Dennis Murdock, ABI Board Chair and advocate for the initiative called ABI’s “Drive to 99” says, “As Iowa’s oldest and largest statewide business network, it is very important to us that we have representation in all areas of the state.  We understand that industry in some counties is challenged at best.  The fact that we were able to recruit a member in even the most challenged regions speaks volumes.”  ABI’s membership list contains almost 1500 companies in all disciplines and industries.  

Founded as the Iowa Manufacturing Association in 1903, ABI remains the statewide voice for manufacturing in the Iowa. “This comprehensive network of statewide business owners makes it possible for ABI members to come together to share best practices and influence critical business decisions that impact all Iowans.  There is no organization that more aggressively represents employers in this state,” says Mike Ralston, president of ABI.

 Over 400 ABI members will celebrate its 110th year June 11 – 13 at its Annual “Taking Care of Business Conference” in Okoboji.  For more information on the conference,