Manufacturing 4.0

Manufacturing 4.0 is a Strategic Plan for Iowa’s Manufacturing Industry calling for advancing the knowledge base, expertise, and collaboration among businesses in the state. This partnership will respond to workforce, training/education and integration needs to help manufacturers address technology investments, workforce pipeline, and workforce talent challenges. The consortium will support Iowa manufacturers’ efforts to seize opportunities and remain competitive by providing consultation, education, implementation, and access to resources. Iowa’s community colleges (including Kirkwood) and CIRAS are collaborating to provide the training.

Iowa’s GDP

Manufacturing represents over more than 17% of Iowa’s GDP and exports $14.3 billion worth of goods.

Iowa manufacturing stats

Advanced Manufacturing: Iowa’s Largest Industry

Advanced manufacturing is Iowa’s largest industry, accounting for more than 17% of the state’s total GDP. More than 4,100 manufacturers produce everything from food products and medical devices to aerospace products and construction machinery.

Iowa is perfectly positioned to export these products around the globe, with a strong transportation network with access to air, water, rail and highway. In addition, Iowa’s skilled talent pool and state-of-the-art training and research programs at our colleges and universities offer a wealth of workforce resources.

Iowa’s combination of business-friendly government policies and tax structure, connection to centers of research excellence and strong transportation network have established Iowa as a leader in advanced manufacturing.

Seizing the Manufacturing 4.0 Opportunity: A Strategic Plan for Iowa’s Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing, a critical industry sector for Iowa, faces a technology revolution that emphasizes automation and smart technology. While the Manufacturing 4.0 plan is primarily focused on advancing technology adoption and utilization among Iowa’s manufacturers, it further addresses enhancements in the broader manufacturing ecosystem.

The Advanced Manufacturing Work Group, a subgroup of the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Iowa Innovation Council, led the Manufacturing 4.0 initiative with support from TEConomy Partners, manufacturing leaders and IEDA.

Resources about Manufacturing 4.0

Webinar 1: Industry 4.0: Why Should We All Care?


Kim Becicka Vice President of Continuing Ed & Training Services, Kirkwood Community College
Mike Ralston, President, Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Karl Schmidt, Process and Information Solutions Manager, Van Meter, Inc.

Pamela Wright, Director of Business and Community Outreach, Hawkeye Community College

Webinar 2: Industry 4.0: How is Iowa Responding?


Kim Becicka Vice President of Continuing Ed & Training Services, Kirkwood Community College

Michael O’Donnell Manufacturing Program Director, CIRAS
Nick Peterson Community Outreach Manager, Alliant Energy
John Renning Chief Operating Officer, In Tolerance

Webinar 3: Industry 4.0: Resources to Help Manufacturers.


Amy Lasack, Executive Director of Continuing Ed & Training Services, Kirkwood Community College

Email:; Phone: 319.398.5435
Jill Lippincott, Innovative and Apprenticeship Team Lead, Iowa Economic Development  Authority,

Email:; Phone: 515.348.6159
Tyler McCarville, Job Training Programs Manager, Kirkwood Community College

Email:; Phone: 319.398.7782


Please check out the resources mentioned in the webinars below.  
Kirkwood Corporate Training, Customized training providers & to join the Business Roundtable in September, or call: 319-398-5623.

Manufacturing 4.0 Technology Investment Grant Program– Fact Sheet- Attached.

CIRAS Contact Information

For those located in Benton, Jones or Linn County contact Steve Wilson at (515) 620-6036 or

For those located in Iowa, Johnson, Cedar or Washington County contact Jeff White

at (515) 231-8691 or

Digital Manufacturing Lab, Alliant Energy:

TEConomy Fact Sheet, Executive Summary and Final Report

Iowa Manufacturing 4.0 Grant Program

Van Meter Transform Webinar series

Manufacturing 4.0 Executive Summary

Manufacturing 4.0 Final Report

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