Deimco Welcomes Senator Ernst
Tama, Iowa - July 23, 2021
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) made a stop in Tama County last Friday during a trip through eastern and southern Iowa.
Her first item on the agenda was a visit to Deimco Finishing Equipment in Tama.
The Tama manufacturer specializes in engineered finishing, material handling, and automation solutions.
Founded in Marshalltown in 1983, Deimco relocated to Tama in 2003 and has undergone three expansions to its facility on E 5th Street.
Most recently, a 10,800 square foot expansion was opened in early 2021 and was fully operational for Ernst to observe Friday.
State Senator Jeff Edler (R-State Center) was among the group to meet with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) during her July 23 visit to Tama County. Ernst toured Deimco Finishing Equipment in Tama and took questions from company employees during the visit.
The newest expansion allows the company to pre-assemble and test large finishing and automation systems for customers in-house before shipping them to their final destination.
A similar sized expansion also came in 2014.
Ernst’s visit in Tama lasted roughly one hour. Following introductions upon arrival, Deimco President Kirk Shirar guided Ernst on a tour of the facility along with around 10 company executives, family members and State Senator Jeff Edler (R-State Center). The tour featured a demonstration of an automated material handling system the company has made and is testing for a customer.
The system places building materials on pallets with robotic pick and placement, wrapping and conveyance, all in one automated system.
After the tour was complete Ernst took questions from a group of around 20 Deimco employees.
Ernst also took a few moments to highlight bi-partisan legislation that was recently passed to provide support for crime victims’ services, including organizations like the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in Iowa.
Ernst, a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault and the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa, was an original co-sponsor on the bill that will re-direct new funds into the Crime Victims Fund (CVF), a reserve that provides support for state victim compensation and assistance programs in Iowa and across the country.
Ernst also made stops in Vinton and Keota while she was on the road late last week.
The visit by Ernst Friday marks the second stop in three years by GOP federal lawmakers to the Tama manufacturer. In 2018, Deimco also hosted Grassley for a similar event during his tour of Iowa counties.
Ernst’s trip to Deimco Friday will be counted as her 2021 Tama County visit for her own 99-county tour. Last year Ernst visited Traer where she held a discussion with more than a dozen local business leaders and visited some downtown storefronts.