At Clickstop, we are always excited to bring people in and show off what we have going on here. Whether it is someone from the community who has heard about our great company culture, high school students who would like to job shadow, or even vendors from across the United States, we are excited to have them come through our doors. We have great things to show off here. Our office teams who are busy calling customers or adding product to our websites. Our excellent warehouse team who works very hard to get everything out the door. And our manufacturing team who spends their day making high quality products right here in Iowa. It is something we are proud to brag about.
Next week is no different.
Check out our press release, we are participating in Advancing the Future manufacturing tours. We have been working hard to prepare for people to come see what we are all about, and see what we are going to be in our huge expansion.
Public tours of the Clickstop headquarters are planned next week as part of Advancing the Future – A Tour of Corridor Manufacturers, which aims to bring awareness to growing employment opportunities in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area.
Clickstop will join 14 other local manufacturing facilities Oct. 17-21 for the fourth-annual event coordinated through the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board.
“We’re excited to host public tours alongside local manufacturers in the Corridor to inspire the next generation of talent,” said Sarah Watson, Talent Experience Architect at Clickstop.
Advancing the Future particularly targets students, parents, educators, media, customers, and suppliers, offering a firsthand look at today’s need for highly-skilled positions and earning potential. Attendees will also learn about educational training and resources, as well as gain a better understanding of products created in Eastern Iowa.
Clickstop owns and operates a suite of brands based in Urbana, Iowa. US Cargo Control, its largest division, specializes in sewing ratchet straps, cargo nets and other load securement tools, and has plans to introduce tarps to its manufacturing capabilities by the end of the year.
Visitors will get a peek inside a more than 53,000-square-foot building expansion that will add 20,000 square feet to the manufacturing floor.
“The Advancing the Future tour is a unique opportunity for us to connect with community members and share the accomplishments of our manufacturing team, the innovative pieces of our company culture and the variety of careers we have available,” Watson said.
Manufacturing remains one of Iowa’s largest industries, representing about 13.4 percent of Iowa’s total jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The seven-county region that includes Cedar Rapids and Iowa City offers more than 35,400 manufacturing positions alone.
Nationally, a 2015 report from The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte found that 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will have to be filled over the next decade, primarily due to baby boomer retirements and economic expansion. The study notes that a skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those going unfilled.
Advancing the Future is free and open to anyone. Guided tours at Clickstop, 202 Blue Creek Drive in Urbana, will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning on October 17. Safety glasses will be provided; long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. No advance reservation is necessary.
Go to http://www.kirkwood.edu/advancingfuture for a complete list of participants, tour schedule and safety requirements.