Pete Nadolny, project manager for Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service. talks about 3D printers and increased internet-based technologies in the production process.
Pete Nadolny, project manager for Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service. talks about 3D printers and increased internet-based technologies in the production process.

November 4, 2016

Ten percent of the workforce in Carroll County is employed in manufacturing, and the industry as a whole here generates nearly a half-billion dollars in sales annually, a MidAmerican Energy official said last Friday.

Kelly Swensen, business-and-community development manager for MidAmerican, spoke at the Carroll Area Development Corporation’s Manufacturing Luncheon at the Carrollton Centre.

There are 37 businesses in the county involved in manufacturing and they pay 40 percent higher than the average job in the county, Swensen said.

In total, when manufacturing and all sectors are included, the average annual earnings for a working Carroll County resident is $42,200.

Some other facts:

— Sixty percent of the Carroll County workforce lives in the county, meaning commuters are key to business activity here.

— In Carroll County manufacturing, 64 percent of employees are male; 8.5 percent are 25 and younger.

— Fifty-three percent of manufacturing employees are over 45 years old in Carroll County.

“It’s no surprise to many of you in the room,” Swensen said.

The luncheon also featured Pete Nadolny, project manager for Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service.

Nadolny talked about 3D printers and increased internet-based technologies in the production process.

“Both of these technologies, they’re not going away,” Nadolny said.

One other topic: Interstate 380 in Iowa is being mapped for self-driving cars. And farm shows are now featuring self-driving tractors.