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    Governor Reynolds announces manufacturing roadmap for Iowa

    Kim Reynolds
    Kim Reynoldshttps://governor.iowa.gov/about-the-governor
    As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities, Kim’s priorities are making a difference in all four corners of the state. Her vision keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. She also believes in redemption. Kim’s justice reform initiatives carefully balance second chances with victim rights. As Governor, Kim’s strong voice for international trade, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is opening new markets and maintaining relationships with leaders in China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, to name just a few. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values. These principles are reflected in the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative and Future Ready Iowa. At age 57, Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Then, nearly two years later, on Nov. 4, 2018, she was elected by Iowans to become their first woman Governor. Family means everything to Kim and her husband, Kevin. They have three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica) who are happily married, and Kim and Kevin love spending time with their 10 very active grandchildren.

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    Manufacturing 4.0 outlines strategies to help Iowa adapt to a global technology revolution 

    Gov. Kim Reynolds, along with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Innovation Council, today announced the state’s Manufacturing 4.0 plan, a roadmap to help Iowa manufacturers remain globally competitive through a fourth industrial revolution that emphasizes automation and smart technology.  

    “The state’s Manufacturing 4.0 plan recognizes that Iowa’s manufacturing sector supplies global markets with everything from food products to aerospace electronics,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds. “To maintain our leadership role, Iowa businesses are already thinking outside the box to adapt to the ever-changing demands of the 21st century economy. This roadmap will outline new strategies to support their efforts and ensure Iowa’s future prosperity is widespread, reaching all people in all parts of Iowa.”  

    The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, includes the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, augmented reality, cybersecurity and more. These digital technologies may not replace jobs, but they will transform how work is performed, including how products are designed, fabricated, consumed, and serviced. 
    The IEDA formed an industry-led Manufacturing 4.0 initiative in 2020 with the goal of creating a strategic plan to take on the Industry 4.0 challenges of adopting technology, increasing productivity, competing for talent and ongoing globalization.   

    “Manufacturers are embracing industrial automation, and yet this transition represents a significant challenge, especially for small- to medium-sized manufacturers who must make expensive purchases, integrate technology into their operations and retrain workers,” said Hank Norem, president and CEO of Ramco Innovations and co-chair of the IIC’s Advanced Manufacturing Work Group. “The strategies outlined in the Manufacturing 4.0 plan will support manufacturers through this critical transition.”    

    The IIC is an advisory group made up of state business leaders who work with representatives from Iowa’s community colleges, universities and government to advise IEDA on programs to support commercialization and entrepreneurship. The IIC’s Advanced Manufacturing Work Group led the Manufacturing 4.0 initiative with support from TEConomy Partners, manufacturing leaders across the state and IEDA. 

    “Iowa has honored its legacy in manufacturing by recognizing the need for state and industry leaders to work together to ensure our state remains competitive in this critical industry,” said Kevin Gaul, director of operations for Pella Corp. and co-chair of the IIC’s Advanced Manufacturing Work Group. “Public-private partnerships like the Manufacturing 4.0 initiative fuel innovation and ensure success for generations to come.” 

    The Manufacturing 4.0 plan includes five strategic priorities, including adapting Iowa’s economic development incentives to encourage the manufacturing industry’s investment in emerging technologies.   

    To read the Manufacturing 4.0 executive summary and full report, visit www.iowaeda.com/our-agency/reports/. 

    This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

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