Iowa Manufacturers Are Economic Engines

September 11, 2020 | Breaking the manufacturing ceiling Steven M. Bradford, ABI Chair, HNI Corporation, Muscatine,

Every county in Iowa includes at least one ABI member. Most of those counties also include one or more manufacturers. In our state's more rural counties, those manufacturers are often the economic engine supporting the entire region's economy.

Manufacturing in Iowa is the focus of this edition of Business Record Iowa. Sustaining innovative advanced manufacturing operations in the age of COVID-19 is not easy, but Iowa manufacturers and their employees do it every day.

At HNI Corporation, we strive every day to serve our customers by providing relevant, quality, safe and reliable products through manufacturing excellence. While our company has operations around the world, we are particularly proud of the impact we have in our headquarters community of Muscatine and across the Midwest.

It is like that throughout Iowa. ABI members and their employees make their communities better. They are the ones coaching little league, serving on school boards, singing in the church choir, running for city council and volunteering for summer festivals. Of course, this is in addition to the financial impact they provide through wages, benefits, donations and taxes paid in their local communities. This is why Iowa manufacturers make our state an even more desirable place to live, work and play.

So, thank you to ABI members!

Thanks, too, for your participation in the Association's annual policy development process. When completed at this month's board meeting, well over three hundred members will have participated in one or more meetings. This kind of grassroots involvement is just one reason ABI has experienced its award-winning public policy success over the past several decades.

Thank you for your support.n