Iowans Turn Out in Droves to Celebrate Manufacturing Day

U.S. Manufacturing Day technically was Oct. 2. But thanks to a long list of organizers and promoters (including CIRAS, Elevate Iowa, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and community colleges around the state) the celebration in Iowa continues throughout the rest of October.

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Iowans across the state have spent the last week touring factories and generally learning a ton about the technology and tremendous opportunity present in American manufacturing.

We thought you might like to know how it’s gone so far:

 

Three Industrial Technology classes at Newton High School toured Thrombert Inc., a Newton company that was founded in 1046 and has grown to become the leading manufacturer of polyurethane wheels and tires for electric forklift trucks ans other materials handling equipment.

Three Industrial Technology classes at Newton High School toured Thombert Inc., a Newton company that was founded in 1946 and has grown to become the leading manufacturer of polyurethane wheels and tires for electric forklift trucks and other materials handling equipment.

 

 

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Wayne County celebrated pioneer days at the Pioneer Trails Museum Iowa State. CIRAS helped to highlight early manufacturing of rope and industrial uses of weaving.

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A group from Pella Windows toured Eaton Corp. and power management company and maker of electrical supplies in Urbandale.

A group from Pella Windows toured Eaton Corp., a power management company and maker of electrical supplies in Urbandale.

 

 

Roughly 250 students from Gleenwood High School took a selfie with CIRAS project manager Paul Dunnwald and heard a presentation about the future need for employees at Feed Energy Co., which makes animal feed supplements in nearby Pacific Junction.

Roughly 250 students from Glenwood High School took a selfie with CIRAS project manager Paul Dunnwald and heard a presentation about the future need for employees at Feed Energy Co., which makes animal feed supplements in nearby Pacific Junction.

 

 

Roughly 20 students from a facility planning class at Iowa State University toured the plant at Termomass, a Boone, Iowa, maker of concrete insulation systems.

Roughly 20 students from a facility planning class at Iowa State University toured the plant at Thermomass, a Boone maker of concrete insulation systems.

And this is only a portion of what’s going on out there.

For more information, about Iowa Manufacturing Day events later this month, check the nationwide schedule at www.mfgday.com