Advanced Manufacturing


Manufacturing Day 2018

Manufacturing Day celebrates modern manufacturing and is intended to inspire future manufacturers. Communities and organizations throughout North America celebrate Manufacturing Day with educational events for students and the public. Learn more about Manufacturing Day here.

Manufacturing accounts for nearly 20 percent of Iowa’s GDP, and Urbandale contributes significantly with manufacturing companies that represent over 1,500 employees. To signify the importance of manufacturing to the State of Iowa, the Governor's office has declared 2017 as the Year of Manufacturing in Iowa.

Manufacturing Day Events

Urbandale will again recognize its manufacturers this October during Manufacturing Month. Events will focus on K-12 education and career pathways. Check here for events planned in Urbandale and throughout the state.

Featured  Business: ProbioFerm, LLC

ProbioFerm, LLC, is a manufacturer of probiotics and has been in Urbandale since January of 2009.  ProbioFerm grows and markets high-quality beneficial bacteria and utilizes these cultures in nutritional supplements, custom blends and more.  While a number of companies nationwide focus on probiotics, few specialize in both probiotic bacteria fermentation and high-quality, finished product manufacturing.  Their Urbandale location includes a fermentation plant, microbiological laboratory, a finished-goods manufacturing area, cold storage and climate-controlled warehousing. As ProbioFerm expands its international business, the company plans to build a new 20,000-square foot facility in 2015. 
“Urbandale is a business-friendly city that has helped us since day one and continues to support our growth. We look forward to developing new technologies that improve human and animal health and bring more jobs to Urbandale.” – Scott Goldsmith, President

In 2016, ProbioFerm built a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility.