Buchanan County Hosts Manufacturing Tours
October is National Manufacturing Month and Buchanan County Economic Development started it off right with a series of tours of Buchanan County Iowa Manufacturers. Since 2016 Buchanan County Economic Development has partnered with local manufacturers to open their doors to the public and provide tours. This year there were 8 businesses that participated in the tours. These tours are an opportunity for Buchanan County residents and potential new employees to see what products some of our local manufacturers produce and how they produce these products. Participating manufacturers in Winthrop and Quasqueton were Wieland and Sons Lumber Company in Winthrop and Hager’s Roasting Company in Quasqueton. Jesup tours included Bertch Cabinets and Prinsco Inc. In Independence Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Iowa Engineered Processes, East Iowa Plastics and Signs and More opened their doors to a number of curious tourgoers.
East Iowa Plastic’s President, Bret Kivell explaining their in-line thermoforming process.
Buchanan County has a very strong and diverse manufacturing footprint, as illustrated by the businesses that participated in the tours this year. Buchanan County is home to industries that distribute their products locally, nationally and internationally. Since 2011, manufacturing jobs have increased in Buchanan County by over 50% and now constitutes 25% of Buchanan County’s workforce. Manufacturing continues to grow, not only in Buchanan County but in Iowa and nationally. Highlighting the different manufacturing jobs available in Buchanan County allows the public to see not only the workings of these companies, but also the benefits they provide to their communities and Buchanan County. To learn more about manufacturers in Buchanan County go to Companies Hiring .