Jennifer Meseke has joined CIRAS as finance and strategic projects manager.
Month: February 2019
Why Existing Workers Are the Real Answer to Iowa’s Workforce Problem
Iowa is out of people. Almost every company I talk to, regardless of size, industry, or location, says that finding good people is their number one issue. The few exceptions are expert Lean practitioners—such as members of the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC)—who tend to look at the issue differently: If every single person in our business was better at seeing, communicating, and solving problems, they ask, wouldn’t it help our workforce needs?
Market Research Tools + CIRAS = Growth
Smart manufacturers are continuously searching for new ways to diversify their customer base, expand into new markets, and grow. Are you ready to see what the future holds? CIRAS can help you find the path.
Cy-Hawk Partnership Helps TAP Extend Technology
Charles Romans sees tremendous possibility in the relationship he’s building with his counterparts on the other side of Iowa. Romans is the 3D design prototype director for ProtoStudios, a University of Iowa rapid prototyping facility that’s part of the MERGE innovation lab in downtown Iowa City. Despite his black-and-gold employer, Romans and his staff have been working closely with CIRAS project manager Mark Williamson and Chris Hill, director of the CIRAS Technology Assistance Program (TAP), for more than a year as part of a joint effort to learn from each other and give taxpayers the maximum benefit from the equipment each agency controls. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!” Hill said with a chuckle. “It is possible for Hawkeyes and Cyclones to work together.”
CIRAS to Partner with Alliant Energy, Open new Digital Manufacturing Lab
AMES, IA – Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Alliant Energy that will make it easier for Iowa manufacturers to implement new digital technologies and become more productive.
Tortilleria Sonora Steps Out on Path to Food Safety Certification
Life began moving faster after Betty Garcia got the phone call. It was the fall of 2017, and a Des Moines-area produce company was planning to launch a line of ready-to-eat meals. The company was wondering whether Tortilleria Sonora would be interested in supplying tortillas. First, there were a few questions about the business. Would Garcia mind filling out a questionnaire?
How Lean Works in the Iowa Prison System
So, you think Lean won’t work for you? What if we showed you how it works behind bars?