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 Advancing the Future

Technological advances and robotics in the manufacturing industry have transformed how we work, and this creates a demand for more skilled workers.

Today's manufacturers offer high-skilled positions with lots of future potential. Manufacturers in the ICR Iowa region will open their doors to help the public understand what's created here in our own backyard. Learn more about what they do, what jobs might be possible for you or someone you know, and be proud of the cool things local employers create.

Update, Sept 28, 2020: Due to COVID19, the Advancing the Future Tours are postponed until October 2021. Workplace Learning Connection (WLC)  is coordinating a few virtual manufacturing tours. For more information about the WLC virtual tours, please contact Cheryl.Valenta@kirkwood.edu

2019 Participating Manufacturers

ADM Barnes Manufacturing Bazooka Farmstar
Centro, Inc. CIVCO Medical Solutions Clickstop, Inc.
Climate Engineers Goodwill Light Manufacturing InTolerance
Iowa Fluid Power Midwest Metal Products Modern Companies, Inc.
MSI Mold Builders Newell Machinery New Leader Manufacturing
PMX Industries, Inc. Profol Red Star Yeast
TSF Structures Timberline Manufacturing  

In 2018, the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board members had over 1,100 middle and high school students participate in the Advancing the Future Manufacturing Tours. Are you interested in opening your doors and providing a tour of your manufacturing facility? Would you like to help promote the manufacturing industry and build your future workforce pipeline? For more information, check out the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board industry awareness and career exploration portal here.

How to Tour

There's no cost for taking a tour during the Advancing the Future Manufacturing Tour. Just check the 2019 tour schedule for dates and times of tours, and show up at the manufacturer of your choice at the listed time. Make sure to pay attention to safety notices and follow all posted signs.


For more information, contact Barb Rawson at 319-398-2754 or at Barbara.Rawson@kirkwood.edu.

To learn more about careers in manufacturing, go to https://explore-manufacturing.org.