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Agri-Industrial Plastics; Retail and Restaurant Managers Working Group; MidWestOne Bank

May 15, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Shirley Smith, personal banker at MidWestOne Bank in Fairfield, right, presents a check and items collected during the bank’s Pet Drive in April to Noah’s Ark.

Agri-Industrial Plastics Company turns 40

Agri-Industrial Plastics will be kicking off its 40th anniversary celebration with a Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. May 25.

The community is invited to join Agri for appetizers and drinks. Tours of the 340,000-foot manufacturing facility also will be available.

Founded in 1978, Agri-Industrial Plastics Company is a leading industrial blow molder of large scale industrial parts including non-automotive fuel tanks for turf equipment, power sports, agricultural, and marine industries. Agri-Industrial serves a diverse customer base and offers unparalleled expertise in part and mold design, engineering, part production, and assembly.

The Chamber Business After Hours is a free, monthly networking event open to chamber members, their guests and the general public.

Anyone interested in hosting a Business After Hours, can contact the chamber by calling 472-2111 or by emailing Chamber@FairfieldIowa.com.

Sign up to attend Retail and Restaurant Managers Working Group meeting

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the May Retail and Restaurant Managers Working Group Meeting 8-9 a.m. May 22 at Overland.

The meeting is open to any retail or restaurant manager in the Fairfield area.

“We’ve convened this group for a few months now,” said Chamber Executive Director Detra Dettmann, “and not only are we building a sense of community among small business managers, the business managers also identify common needs and discuss new initiatives to address those needs.”

Dettmann also said the Working Group is not about the chamber trying to talk businesses into doing something from the top-down.

“The point behind this concept is having the chamber using our expertise and connections to offer support and resources to help our small businesses be as strong as they can be. A strong retail and restaurant presence are key to making Fairfield a vibrant, thriving community that is attractive to both residents and visitors,” said Dettmann.

For more information or to sign up to attend, contact the chamber at 472-2111 or Chamber@FairfieldIowa.com.

MidWestOne Bank receives national award for financial literacy outreach

NEW YORK, NY – MidWestOne Bank was honored at the third annual Financial Capability Innovation Awards presented by the nation’s leading technology innovator, EverFi, Inc.

Presented at NASDAQ Marketsite in New York City, the award recognizes MidWestOne Bank’s significant efforts to improve the financial capability in the community through unique digital learning initiatives.

“People can often be intimidated or afraid to ask questions about topics in the financial world that they think they should already know,” said Nick Pfeiffer, second vice president of marketing at MidWestOne. “We designed the MidWestOne Academy on our website last year as an unintimidating channel that anyone can go to, for free, to learn financial lessons at their own pace without feeling pressured into a specific product or service.”

MidWestOne was selected for the award based on a set of criteria that included the scale and reach of financial education initiatives, duration of the commitment, and employee outreach.

In addition to the MidWestOne Academy, the bank covers the cost of an online financial literacy curriculum at several high schools. Also, over 150 bank employees actively volunteer to teach financial literacy classes in K-12 schools through Teach Children to Save Day each April, and Junior Achievement throughout the school year.

The MidWestOne Academy, and the high school courses that MidWestOne sponsor, cover a variety of topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401K’s, and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The MidWestOne Academy can be accessed by going to MidWestOne.com/Academy.


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