Advanced manufacturing makes up the largest single business sector of Iowa’s GDP. Over 6,000 manufacturers contribute in excess of $31 billion to Iowa’s economy. Beyond pure economic impact, manufacturing delivers an unmatched combination of employment, wages and geographic distribution.

To demonstrate the state of Iowa’s commitment to strengthening the industry, then-Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad declared 2017 the Year of Manufacturing in Iowa.  

While many resources and assets in Iowa’s manufacturing ecosystem are already supporting Iowa companies, the goal of this initiative is to better align existing efforts and spur additional growth and investment in the industry.

In support of the Year of Manufacturing, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) and Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University have worked in close cooperation to identify helpful state programs and services. These efforts have culminated in development of this advanced manufacturing toolkit.  


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