Independence, Iowa – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee, has recognized Geater Machining and Manufacturing of Buchanan County as her Small Business of the Week for this Congress. As part of her initiative to recognize a small business in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties, Ranking Member Ernst has praised the Geater family’s dedication and hard work in building a remarkable small business with a global reach over the past 61 years.
Geater Machining and Manufacturing is committed to producing high-quality precision machines and fabricated parts for the aerospace, electronics, and high-tech industries. The company got its start in 1962 under the leadership of Duane Geater and has continued to grow while maintaining its roots in Independence, Iowa. Ranking Member Ernst highlighted the company’s commitment to giving back to the Buchanan County community through various student outreach programs such as an apprenticeship program, job shadowing, academic speakers, among others.
The products manufactured by Geater Machining and Manufacturing are used in equipment all around the world, most notably in helicopter radios used to transport Navy SEAL team members that killed Osama bin Laden. The recognition of this remarkable small business underscores Ranking Member Ernst’s commitment to supporting and highlighting Iowa’s diverse range of small businesses that contribute to the state’s economy. Stay tuned as she continues to recognize more outstanding small businesses across the state with her Small Business of the Week award.