IWCO Direct has been a member of our local chamber of commerce for more than 20 years. We recently had the opportunity to host tours of our facilities as part of that membership and in conjunction with the statewide tour of manufacturing facilities in Minnesota. Our goal was to showcase the value in what we do and how we do it. We also wanted to prove that, despite common misconceptions, manufacturing environments provide plenty of very good opportunities for career growth and satisfaction. With contemporary work environments, state-of-the-art technical equipment and opportunities for advancement, we were able to show why many employees at IWCO Direct stay for the long-term. Above all, the tours were a productive way to support the community and continue our involvement with an organization we care about, not to mention a great excuse to show community members what IWCO Direct is all about.
We hosted approximately 60 local businesses in two separate tours, one at our corporate headquarters in Chanhassen and one in Little Falls. Attendees included educational institutions, community development agencies, and our fellow Chamber members. Tour guides for the Little Falls tour included Paul Overn, Sheila Olson and Tammi Stumpf, while the tour guides in Chanhassen included Jenny Bartishofski, Robbie Clark, Joel Engel, Joe Guttman, Jeff Harford, Elaine Heitz, Steve Miller, and Tom Kern. Overall our facility tours were very well received and we look forward to hosting more in the future.
These facility tours were supported by the Minnesota Business Partnership and the Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce. We view our membership in both organizations as an opportunity to support member businesses, strengthen our schools and improve the local economy. Our involvement ranges from participating in the annual “Grow MN” survey, in which companies are asked to identify what it will take to maintain their business in Minnesota, to addressing transportation challenges and supporting a variety of community giving efforts. Most importantly, our membership allows us to invest in youth education and development through mentorship, internships and scholarships. We also host and sponsor on-site chamber meetings. Multiple members of our local teams get involved in everything from administration to marketing.
For more information about the statewide tour of manufacturing, the national inspiration behind these tours or how to get involved, please visit http://tourofmanufacturingmn.com/.
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