TV host Mike Rowe to speak at ABI conference in Cedar Rapids

May 22, 2014

TV host Mike Rowe to speak at business conference in Cedar Rapids

Mike Rowe, host of the popular Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” will deliver the keynote speech at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s Taking Care of Business conference on June 11.

The event will also include a program about products made in Iowa moderated by Iowa Nice Guy Scott Siepker.

In addition to serving as a TV host, writer and spokesperson, Rowe established mikeroweWorks, a PR campaign and scholarship fund designed to reinvigorate skilled trades.

Rowe will speak about what needs to be done to address the skills gap in the United States, which is threatening manufacturers in Iowa and across the country. An estimated 600,000 manufacturing jobs go unfilled each year because employers cannot find skilled workers.

ABI’s Taking Care of Business Conference will take place June 9-11 in Cedar Rapids. This annual convention offers business executives the opportunity to network, hear from insightful speakers and learn best practices for all aspects of their operation.

The program featuring Rowe and Siepker will begin at 9 a.m. June 11 at the Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave., SE in Cedar Rapids. Tickets for that portion of the conference are available for $50. Visit or text ABI to 80464 to register.

For more information on Iowa ABI’s Taking Care of Business Conference and how to register, visit

For more information on Mike Rowe and mikeroweWorks,

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) has been the voice of Iowa business since 1903 and has a long legacy of advocating for a competitive business climate in Iowa. ABI is the largest business network in the state with nearly 1,500 member companies of all types and sizes employing more than 300,000 Iowans.