CIRAS’ first Manufacturing Leadership Program was broad, educational, and useful, according to the newly graduated Martina Bockenstedt, general manager for FarmTek and Growers Supply. “It offered everything from finance and marketing to more of the leadership skills,” she said. “I could glean something from every one of them.”
Happy Friday. Today, CIRAS Digest offers a mix of manufacturing pessimism and… No, there’s no mix. It’s just pessimism – plus, a presidential candidate who thinks manufacturing is wonderful. Here’s where you find the details:
Planning is now under way for CIRAS’ next campaign to focus its industrial and economic expertise on projects for the benefit of a large Iowa manufacturing subsector. A total of 102 people from 55 organizations took part in two previous Innovations Summits arranged by CIRAS in spring 2014 and spring 2015 under a five-year effort funded by the United States Economic Development Administration’s University Center Program. The events, focused on bringing new technologies to businesses in the plastics and machinery manufacturing sectors, spawned upgrades and innovations that led to $1.5 million in new or retained sales for the participating companies and more than $184,000 in various cost savings to date.
Happy Tuesday. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is now the longest serving governor in Iowa. Polls say Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is on the rise. And Los Angles closed schools today in the face of an alleged terror threat. But none of that has much to do with industry. So here are a few other random things that we thought you might like to know about:
Happy Friday. We take you into the weekend with a lot of talk about China and chambers, plus a bit about German shoes. Here’s where you find the details:
The maker of JOLLY TIME® Pop Corn turned 100 last year, but with eyes focused as much on the future as on the past.
Consortium Hopes Better Packaging Will Help Companies Cut Costs, Increase Sales, Improve Sustainability
Keith Vorst doesn’t think outside the box so much as he thinks about the box—and how it affects everything around it. Vorst, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, also is director of the university’s new Polymer and Food Protection Consortium. He has spent the last year working to build a national center for packaging research and expertise—a place where companies in Iowa and elsewhere can go to assess the design, safety, function, and value of the packaging that envelops their products.
Happy Tuesday. Not much to report today in the world of industry information, other than various versions of the fact that “the economy doesn’t look so hot.” But here’s where you can find the enlightenment:
Happy Friday. We’re ending a week full of manufacturing gloom alternating with insistence that it’s not really that bad. Plus, some positive tree news. Here’s where to find it all:
Iowa industry leaders should be able to launch test projects early next year with a new metal 3-D printer that CIRAS has obtained to educate manufacturers about the enormous, groundbreaking possibilities of additive manufacturing technology.