CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

  • Meredith Corp., publisher of Better Homes & Gardens, owner of TV stations around the country and a major employer in Des Moines, has been bought by Media General for $2.4 billion. USA Today says the company plans to keep a corporate headquarters in Des Moines but that it also expects to slash $80 million in costs after the sale, including $60 million within the first year.
  • Reuters has a story on the impact of Lean manufacturing techniques as a Wisconsin shipyard works to modernize and compete for an upcoming Navy contract.
  • In case you’re interested, The Hill website has an opinion piece from the head of the National Association of Manufacturers. In a nutshell, Congress and the president aren’t doing enough to help.
  • The Guardian has British economists warning of trouble there as a fallout to what’s going on in China. Growth forecasts have been cut in half due to projected dwindling demand for British exports.
  • There’s not a whole lot here, but Forbes had a survey showing where various industries rate “Big Data analytics” on their priority list.
  • And ICYMI, Gov. Terry Branstad had a piece in the Cedar Rapids Gazette describing Iowa’s “blueprint for energy independence.”

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