Our Town Iowa City: Made in Iowa City

IOWA CITY - Check out these two local manufacturing facilities. Bankers Advertising Company is a unique family business with a long history in advertising. And the Iowa City Proctor and Gamble site, which bottles all of the Pantene brand shampoo and conditioner for the entire country.

In most homes you can find two items, a calendar from a local bank and in the bathroom a bottle of shampoo.

But did you know these products could come from your back yard? Iowa City's Procter and Gamble site has been making personal care products since 1956.

"Right now what were producing on this line is Pantene, which is one of our shampoo and conditioner products. Anyone who buys a bottle of shampoo or conditioner from Procter and Gamble in the United States or America has had that made and packaged in Iowa City," said Diane Johnson, Proctor and Gamble.

The company currently employs over 600 people.

"We're very proud to be a company that promotes people within and builds the skills of our people," said Johnson.

Another Iowa City company that's putting products in your hands is Bankers Advertising. Founded in 1896 it's one of the oldest businesses in Iowa City. From pens, mugs to calendars, Bankers is the one stop shop for promotional products.

From orders of 25 to over a thousand this company can customize to any business.

"We work with Fortune 500s, we work with small mom and pop firms, we work with family companies," said David Bywater, Bankers Advertising Company.

And the work bankers advertising does is remembered, that's why their customers keep coming back.

"Its tangible, its targeted, you keep it. It makes a difference and even 20, 30, 40 years from now you'll find something that has an advertisers copy on it," said Sherri Lennarson, Bankers Advertising Company.

Made in Iowa City, something these companies say would not be possible with the dedication from local employees.

"We had the opportunity to go to Coralville, Cedar Rapids, we could have gone out of the state but we chose to stay here," said Bill Bywater, Bankers Advertising Company.
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