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Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2021

October 1, 2021

(October 1, 2021) – The Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission are pleased to celebrate Manufacturing Day 2021 in partnership with The Manufacturing Institute. Manufacturing Day is nationally recognized the first Friday of October every year.

"It is imperative to recognize the importance of manufacturing to the rapidly developing economy, society, and future innovation," says Dan Culhane, President and CEO, Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission. "Manufacturing continues to be a dominating industry in our state and Metropolitan Statistical Area with an estimated 1,200 new jobs to be added in Central Iowa by 2026."

New advanced technologies create new jobs, requiring a skilled workforce interested in pursuing them. Statistics from The Manufacturing Institute gives a deeper look into the impact manufacturing has had on the economy. Precisely, 1.3 million manufacturing jobs have been added to the US economy over the past ten years with an additional four million jobs are expected to be added to the US job market in the next decade.

Not only is the manufacturing industry having a grand global and national impact, but manufacturing has a great weight on the local economy as well. A variety of manufacturing positions are open across Boone and Story County. There are over 500 available positions in this industry right now, offering a wide variety of opportunities for our local workforce and ongoing investment in our local economy. 

For more information on local job opportunities within the manufacturing industry in the Ames Metropolitan Statistical Area, visit



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