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For More Information Contact:
Donald W. Kohler
Vice-President of Marketing & Public Relations
2700 College Rd. Box 4-C
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
(712) 325-3262 or 1-800-432-5852, ext. 3262
September 24, 2013
Celebrate National Manufacturing Day with Ellison Technologies and IWCC
Council Bluffs, Iowa - Ellison Technologies and Iowa Western Community College are partnering to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 4 with an open house at Ellison Technologies from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The event will showcase exciting projects happening in manufacturing and the value of manufacturing in our community. More than 100 high school students from the community will be in attendance to learn more about challenging career options in robotics.

The event is open to the public. Please RSVP to Shannon Gibson at or Chad Thomas at

In response to a documented shortage of skilled workers in Iowa’s advanced manufacturing sector, the 15 Iowa community colleges have formed a consortium known as the Iowa-Advanced Manufacturing (I-AM) Consortium, to collaboratively build the training capacity necessary to meet industry demand and arm Iowans with the skills they need to engage in Iowa’s workforce. Elevate Advanced Manufacturing is the statewide marketing effort to make advanced manufacturing a top career choice for Iowans.

As a partnership between the I-AM, The Iowa Association of Business & Industry (ABI), and manufacturers throughout the state, the partnership hopes to promote career and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing.

In October of 2012, I-AM was awarded $12,951,165.00 (over 4 years) by the Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program.

For more information about the statewide “Elevate Iowa” initiative, go to or follow Elevate Iowa on Facebook and Twitter.

About Iowa Western Community College
Iowa Western Community College serves a seven county region in southwest Iowa: Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby counties. Currently the College offers 84 different vocational/technical programs and Arts and Sciences/Transfer majors. Current enrollment is approximately 7,000 students. In addition, there are more than 42,795 enrollments in Continuing Education classes each year.

About Ellison Technologies
For over 30 years, Ellison Technologies Automation has been a leader in industrial robotic system integration. Located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, ET Automation meets the needs of its customers by developing and programming automated systems that fit each need of the client. Designing robotic automatic systems for agricultural, medical, automotive, military and other consumer business uses, ET Automation’s skillful team of engineers and dedicated staff ensures that American businesses compete and win around the world. For more information on ET Automation, please visit