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Governor kicks-off Operation Thank You

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Iowa companies maintaining growth during tough times are getting a pat on the back from state officials.

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds kicked off the state's new "Operation Thank You" at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday.

Branstad says it's all too often new companies that come to Iowa are the ones being praised. He says it is time to thank those companies committed to this state and their employees.

"That's why it's so important for us to take a step back and to recognize and honor companies like Rockwell Collins that are really moving state forward in a very innovative and dynamic way," said Branstad.

Rockwell Collins CEO Clay Jones warned of potential job cuts if there is a drop in defense spending at the federal level.

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