LCEDG delivers more than 4,000 cookies to county manufacturers


LEE COUNTY – Friday was National Manufacturing Day and the Lee County Economic Development group became the county’s largest cookie jar and delivered 4,250 cookies to Lee County Manufacturers – one for each manufacturing employee in the county – as a Thank You.

Dana Millard, the Economic Development Project Director with the group, said it’s vital to shine a light on those that help keep manufacturing an integral part of Lee County’s economy.

Jeni Menke, Tony McDowell and Kim Miller, left to right, of SiemensGamesa in Fort Madison, stand with some freshly delivered cookies from the Lee County Economic Development Group as part of a celebration of National Manufacturing Day.

“It’s important that we recognize not only the plant managers and HR workers with Manufacturing Day, but all the employees that make it possible for those industries to be here,” Millard said.

One in four jobs in Lee County are in the manufacturing sector.


“The people who work in manufacturing are important in keeping our economy going,” said Millard. “They’re also volunteer to help with our schools, and in our communities.”

LCEDG CEO Dennis Fraise said the celebration also points to the opportunities the industry has for employment.

“We know there’s a workforce shortage, we also know many of these careers are high tech – high paying jobs,” said Lee County EDG’s CEO Dennis Fraise.

Lee County EDG has participated in National Manufacturing Day for the past five years, and that helps show the importance of modern manufacturing. The group has recognized National Manufacturing Day by setting up tours of our local industries for students and educators as well as hosting our annual Salute to Industry in October. That event is set for Thursday at Quality Inn and Suites, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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