March 8, 2017 - Marion, IA – MEDCO is pleased to formally announce a local solution to the workforce challenges all are familiar with, “the skill level of the American labor force is not merely slipping in comparison to that of its peers around the world, it has fallen dangerously behind” (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Community Promise is a strategy that redefines how the business community invests in our talent pipeline. Our commitment through Community Promise is that students are connected with immediate job opportunities and equipped with skills to succeed both personally and professionally.
The framework of Community Promise streamlines business engagement activities to create intentional pathways for students seeking an authentic career opportunity. It provides a track for students to leverage elevated relationships between education, business, the community, and themselves. It is a unique tool that invests in students who are the future workforce and future leaders of our community.
Through experience, exposure, and pursuit, our home grown talent will reach higher and achieve more in business and in life. Community Promise capitalizes on a five step pathway that provides student exposure, experience, and pursuit towards real careers that ignite their unique passions.
During the Annual Business Luncheon, businesses were asked to take action and help to play a part in this new program. The Marion Economic Development Corporation also announced a gift of $50,000 to support student grants as they pursue real jobs in the community. To learn more Community Promise, visit www.communitypromise.org.
In addition, the 2017 Innovator of the Year award went to Consumers Supply, which was sponsored by the Corridor Business Journal. Consumers Supply was founded in 1956 in Sioux City, Iowa. They distribute companion animal livestock feed and ingredients to feed mills, farm stores and other segments of livestock production. They also manufacture pet food products, pressed blocks, and low-moisture block supplements. In 2010 Consumers Supply acquired Wholesale Feeds in Marion and continues operating from their 126,000 sq. ft. warehouse and ingredient packaging facility.
In July of 2016 the company installed a palletizer in their Marion facility. This robot adds efficiency to a formerly manual task which reducing the chance of employee injury. The robot is able to stack 15 bags per minutes, is fully programmable for different bag sizes and pallet configurations, and has become a proven and reliable tool for their operations.