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In its fourth annual Legends in Iowa Manufacturing event, Elevate Advanced Manufacturing, a program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), recognized leaders in manufacturing at an awards dinner last night. Over 200 people attended the event at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.
Awards were presented to the following individuals, companies, and organizations including two awards with ties to the City of Newton. Richard Davidson of Thombert, Inc., located in Newton, who won the Legend of Manufacturing award for companies having between 100 – 300 employees. Kelly Mitchell of DMACC Business Resources being named the 2018 Elevate Ambassador of Year.
“As one of Iowa’s largest industries, manufacturing contributes $28 billion annually to the state’s economy,” ABI President Mike Ralston said. “It’s an honor to recognize the founders and leaders of these amazing Iowa companies, and to thank them for the outstanding contributions they make to our state.”
Congressman David Young attended the dinner and addressed the crowd as the program ended. Congressman Young has been recognized by both the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a champion for manufacturing and business.