Clickstop Invites Public to Tour its Expanded Manufacturing Operations

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The Urbana-based company is among several area manufacturers opening their doors this week to promote interest in growing career opportunities.

Public tours of the Clickstop headquarters are planned this 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 is joining several area manufacturing facilities Oct. 16-20 for the fifth-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 diverse suite of business units based in Urbana, Iowa. US Cargo Control, its largest division, offers trucking and transportation products, lifting slings, rigging equipment and moving supplies.

Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at the production of tie-down straps and cargo nets, in addition to flatbed trailer tarps and chain slings, both launched since last year’s Advancing the Future event.

“These tours are 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. each of the five days. 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 full list of participanting employers, tour hours and safety requirements.

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About Clickstop, Inc.
Clickstop, based in Urbana, Iowa, grows business units of different sizes, serving multiple industries and markets by employing Business Unit Fanatics™ and supporting these individuals through shared services. Clickstop drives business unit growth through alignment with its core values, by employing an engaged workforce and by sustaining an entrepreneurial environment designed to quickly and effectively navigate change. The company's Business Unit Fanatics™ grow businesses within Clickstop by effectively utilizing shared services provided within the organization. The company's reputation and commitment to great workplace culture and engagement has landed it multiple workplace-focused awards including multiple first-place finishes as the Coolest Place to Work in the region. For more information, visit Clickstop.com.

About US Cargo Control
US Cargo Control is a leader in the cargo control industry, specializing in cargo control, lifting slings, rigging equipment and moving supplies. With growing product offerings and a focus on innovation, the company is committed to offering quality products, timely delivery and an excellent customer experience. Expanding manufacturing capabilities and custom options further ensure customers get what they want, when they need it.

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