CIRAS Digest: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

  • Accumold, an Ankeny company that makes super-tiny parts for medical devices (and other things), went public on Friday with plans for a 40,000-square-foot, $10 million expansion. It was covered by both the Des Moines Business Record and the Des Moines Register, and the Ankeny City Council is supposed to take it up tonight.
  • Meanwhile, University of Iowa folk met Friday with business leaders at a breakfast sponsored by the Iowa City Area Development Group. The Iowa City Press-Citizen quotes them talking about all the ways the university is reaching out to private enterprise. The metaphor of choice involves a (presumably ivory) tower and a drawbridge.
  • As far as the deep thinking goes, Area Development Online has a piece about the use of contingent labor by manufacturers. Estimates say that 45 percent of the industry workforce will be contingent by 2018.
  • And the World Bank has published a blog piece on “The Manufacturing Conundrum.” The article, which references a working paper, essentially argues that developing countries are finding it harder to boost themselves by promoting manufacturing. Higher productivity in the industry means fewer jobs are created – and the jobs that are, are much more likely than they used to be to leave if labor costs drop somewhere else.

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