Governor Talks Industry Needs in Lee County

Published Monday, April 16, 2018

Business Partnering with Education
Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg visited Lee County Friday to see what Lee County industries are doing to connect business and education. They toured Pinnacle Foods during their visit and were able to talk with the company about their involvement in building a pipeline of future workers.

With over 500 current employees, Pinnacle's Lee County facility produces 3 million cans of canned food products per day including over 500 miles of Vienna Sausage per day. Due to this kind of production, their careers are becoming more technology focused and high tech. During the tour, Plant Manager Bryan Langerud highlighted a few of these careers and the amount of automation that go into this facility.

Pinnacle has been involved in many of Lee County EDG's Grow Lee programs designed to develop a pipeline of skilled workers for future careers. They've also been involved with Southeastern Community College, helping with programming and hiring graduates from SCC's Industrial Technology program. 

"Partnerships like this is how we move the state forward."commented Reynolds, "Without a skilled workforce, our businesses can't grow and it's great to see this happening."

Interested in getting involved? Contact Dana Millard at dmillard@leecountyedg.com for more information. Reynolds and Gregg also visited Burlington as part of their "Unleashing Opportunity" tour on their visit to SE Iowa. 


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