Elevate Advanced Manufacturing

On September 19th, 2017, the Iowa Association of Business & Industry and Elevate Advanced Manufacturing hosted the third annual Legends in Manufacturing dinner to celebrated the manufacturing industry and to recognize legends in manufacturing for their hard work and dedication to Iowa, the industry, and their company. Nearly 200 people attended Legends in Manufacturing at the Prairie Meadows Hotel & Convention Center in Altoona. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Legends in Manufacturing award winners! 

  • Under 100 Employees: Fred Buie, Keystone Electrical Company. 
  • 100 - 300 Employees: Todd Sommerfeld, Kreg Tool Company.
  • 300 Plus Employees: David Zrostlik, Stellar Industries, Inc.  
  • Champion Award: Dr. Ron Cox & Michael O'Donnel, Central Industrial Research and Services (CIRAS).
  • Posthumous Award: Gary Vermeer, Vermeer Corporation
  • Ambassador of the Year: Kelly Barrick, The Private Bank
  • Honorary Ambassador of the Year Award: Dennis Murdock, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO)




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