CIRAS specialists know a lot about Iowa businesses. Here are a few questions and answers to help you learn a little more about them:
Month: October 2017
Good Strategic Planning Starts with a SWOT
Usually, when you’re trying to take a cold, hard look at your future, it’s best to do it with fresh eyes. That, according to Greg Ervin, is partly why Marion-based Timberline Manufacturing Co. has been working with CIRAS to plan the company’s best path to growth. Timberline, a maker of wire harnesses, control panels, and custom electronics that is now in its fifth year as an employee-owned business, approached CIRAS roughly a year ago seeking help with mapping the next portion of its future.
Iowans Enjoy Manufacturing Day
For Eric Cook, national Manufacturing Day is a chance to show 40 high school vocational students what the future may hold. “Number one, they get exposure – just seeing what’s out there, seeing what the job takes, what it’s really like out on the shop floor,” Cook said. “They’re high schoolers. They haven’t been exposed to a lot of that.”
Get Ready for Final Two Future of Manufacturing Events
CIRAS is excited for our final two events in our 2017 Future of Manufacturing series - dealing with two critical components of how manufacturing is changing - leadership and automation.
CIRAS Networking Helps Express Employment Make Good Matches
Connections created through CIRAS networking events and hands-on assistance have helped a Cedar Rapids-based recruitment company grow during the past year. Express Employment Professionals is a full-service staffing agency specializing in the industrial, administrative, IT, and engineering fields. Michele Oswood, owner of the Cedar Rapids franchise, said her company’s client base has doubled since she purchased the business in February 2016.
Faces of Iowa Industry: Jim Long (Cline Tool)
From time to time, CIRAS likes to tell you a little bit about some of the people who make Iowa business better. Jim Long worked his way up from a regional salesman to become the president and CEO of Cline Tool in Newton. He believes in hiring good people, and he’d like to see more good businesses coming to Iowa.