Legislative News
ABI Board Approves Legislative Policies
The ABI board on Wednesday approved the 2018 policies and priorities for the association. More than 200 members and 120 different companies participated in the public policy development process. ABI staff will provide an update on the priorities and policies at the Advanced Manufacturing Conference, which will be held on Wednesday, September 20. If you have not yet registered for this event, click here to do so now. Pre-registration closes on Monday, September 18. The ABI public policy team will also have a booth at the conference with opportunities to get engaged in ABI's policy development process.
Director Durham to Speak at Advanced Manufacturing Conference
Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), will speak at the Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Wednesday, September 20. ABI is partnering with CIRAS and IEDA on the Year of Manufacturing to bring awareness of careers in manufacturing. For more information about the Year of Manufacturing, check out https://www.iowamfg.com/ . Also, don't forget to register for the Advanced Manufacturing Conference!
Administrative Rules Review Committee Meets
The Administrative Rules Review Committee met on Tuesday and discussed several rules that ABI is tracking. Some of the rules that advanced include an extension to the deadline requiring electronic filing of W2 forms, rules implementing changes to the Property Assessment Appeals Board, updates to the air quality permit application process, and a change to the Iowa Workforce Development department approved training program. If you have questions about air rules, please contact Brad at bhartkopf@iowaabi.org. If you have questions about revenue or workforce development rules, please contact Jessica at jharder@iowaabi.org.
Audit of Workforce Development Finds Deficiencies
The Office of Auditor of State recently conducted an audit of the Iowa Workforce Development Department and made recommendations that the department should follow to enhance efficiencies in the department. The audit found the department should strengthen its internal controls relating to programs that receive federal funding, state-issued credit cards and unemployment compensation accounts. Workforce Development has responded to the audit by saying they will work to address and fix the problems discovered in the audit. You can read the full report here .
Federal Spotlight: ABI Participates in Call with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake
Brad Hartkopf, ABI's Public Policy Coordinator, participated in a "Qwik Chat" sponsored by BIPAC that featured United States Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) this past Tuesday. Senator Flake gave a brief update on the latest from Washington D.C. before he took questions from listeners. Some of the topics Senator Flake addressed were tax reform, immigration reform, the debt ceiling, infrastructure and his 2018 re-election efforts. Senator Flake has a track record of supporting pro-business legislation.
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Labor Shortages Climb and Manufacturers Get Innovative
How manufacturers across the industrial sector are surviving--and thriving--amidst a weak labor market

Baby-boomer retirement, absenteeism, failed drug-screening, and both the lack of and "brain drain" of technically skilled workers out of the manufacturing sector have been implicated as contributing factors driving the nation's unhealthy labor market. True to the solutions-driven nature of industry, business leaders, facility managers, and A/E professionals are joining forces to identify strategies to overcome this seemingly crippling labor shortage. Here, we explore a few.

Process and Equipment Layout Improvements

To limit or reduce labor needs, look no further than the production floor. Operations across production, product movement, storage, and distribution can all be improved by adjusting layouts and processes to better support the individual tasks being performed--often times within existing facility footprints.  Keep reading...  
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$14 Million Committed for ISU Feed Mill and Grain Science Project ( ISU )
Kent Corporation is committing $8 million, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board $4 million and Sukup Manufacturing Co. $2 million in support of a new Iowa State University educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science.
BrownWinick to Host 2017 Employment Law Seminar ( BrownWinick)
The free seminar on November 2 will offer a comprehensive overview of current employment laws so you know how they apply to situations within your organization.  Register online.
Mills County Names Business Park at US 34 & I-29 Interchange ( News Release)
The newly named Eagle Crossing Business Park will be marketed worldwide. The prime Midwest location has attracted new investment and job creation, and is poised to attract even more.  
Alliant Energy Crews to Assist with Hurricane Irma Response ( Alliant Energy)
Roughly 200 personnel from Iowa and Wisconsin have volunteered to spend the next two weeks away from their families to help the restoration efforts. This group includes line workers, safety staff, vehicle mechanics, support staff and managers.

CIRAS and ABI to Host Improving Board Performance Event ( CIRAS)
On September 26, learn the steps you can take to ensure your board is creating value for your business. ABI members save $100. Register online.

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