Corridor communities proclaim Manufacturing Month

2 Oct 2023

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Iowa Lakes Corridor communities proclaim October as Manufacturing Month


From Left to Right: Mayor Kevin Walsh (Alta), Mayor Matt Carstensen (Lake Park), Supervisor Chair Kelly Snyder (Buena Vista County), Supervisor Chair Randy Swanson (Clay County), Supervisor Chair Bill Leupold (Dickinson County), Supervisor Chair Todd Glasnapp (Emmet County), Mayor Kenny Billings (Estherville).

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (Corridor) was joined by County Supervisors and City Officials this week to proclaim October 2023 as Manufacturing Month in their respective communities.


On Tuesday, the Corridor hosted a proclamation signing and reception to kick off Manufacturing Month in the Iowa Lakes Corridor Region. Several local mayors and county supervisors participated in the proclamation signing, with other supporters of manufacturing in attendance. October 2023 

Storm Lake Mayor Mike Porsch

was proclaimed as Manufacturing Month in Buena Vista County, Clay County, Dickinson County, Emmet County, City of Alta, City of Estherville, City of Lake Park, City of Sioux Rapids, City of Spencer and City of Storm Lake.


Manufacturing Day is recognized on the first Friday each October. It is an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association as a founding partner. It’s meant to inspire the next generation to start careers in manufacturing through a series of events scheduled in October each year.


According to the Iowa Lakes Corridor region 2022 Laborshed Analysis from Iowa Workforce Development, the manufacturing industry employs 17.1% of individuals in the Corridor’s Laborshed area. It is the largest industry in the Corridor region, and exceeds the national average per Emsi’s 2021 Economic Overview Report. Manufacturing also accounts for highest amount of the region’s GDP at over $800 million.

Sioux Rapids Mayor Jim Wise


Spencer Mayor Steve Bomgaars

“We are excited to celebrate Manufacturing Month in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region,” shared Corridor President & CEO Curt Strouth. “It was great to get the region’s community leaders gathered together to support this important industry and recognize the benefits our manufacturers bring to Northwest Iowa.”


The Corridor is participating in Manufacturing Month through organized tours of manufacturing businesses, social media campaigns and educational news and events. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn or on the website to learn more about manufacturing companies and data in the region.