WASHINGTON, -  Today, The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with Alcoa Foundation, Home Base Iowa, and Iowa Association of Business and Industry, hosted an Employer Roundtable featuring Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, as part of the Hiring our Heroes veterans job fair. The Lieutenant Governor discussed Iowa’s commitment to hiring veterans, and the roundtable was an engaging discussion about building a pipeline of veterans in companies and tapping into Iowa’s programs to support hiring of veterans into manufacturing careers.  

“Iowa companies are looking for employees to fill both the high quality jobs they have currently available and the ones they are creating,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds. “Veterans have already proven they share the values we hold dear as Iowans – hard work, leadership, discipline and problem-solving in some of the toughest possible conditions. That’s why recruiting veterans is a win-win situation.”

Attendees learned about Iowa’s commitment to hiring veterans through Home Base Iowa and about other national veterans and hiring efforts, including the Get Skills to Work initiative with The Manufacturing Institute, Elevate Iowa campaign, and Hiring Our Heroes through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Companies were urged to use unique resources offered supporting veterans, such as Home Base Iowa, National Resource Directory, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Online Veterans Employment Center and more. The event also highlighted the fast-track training for veterans at Iowa’s community colleges.

Manufacturers heard remarks on Iowa manufacturing and the importance of hiring veterans from Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds; Rob Woodall, plant manager at Alcoa Davenport Works; Mike Ralston, president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry; Ellen Kabat-Lensch, vice chancellor of economic and workforce development at Eastern Iowa Community College District; and Brent Weil, senior vice president at The Manufacturing Institute.

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