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Faces of Iowa Industry Newswire Stories

ISU President Tours Mason City Plant

Cardinal and gold pride was on full display when Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen toured a Stellar Industries plant in Mason City this past August. The company, which manufactures hydraulic truck-mounted equipment, accessories, and specialty trailers, invited employees who were ISU graduates and current interns to join the tour, giving President Wintersteen a chance … Continue reading ISU President Tours Mason City Plant

Innovation at Work: Strengthening Iowa Communities

Innovation At Work is a series of stories, photos, videos and audio highlighting the new approaches Iowa State University is taking to big challenges that affect Iowa’s communities and landscape. A new entry in the series will be published every Tuesday between April 5 and May 3. To learn more about the impact CIRAS and … Continue reading Innovation at Work: Strengthening Iowa Communities

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.

Faces of Iowa Industry: Michele Oswood (Express Employment Professionals)

Every so often (starting now), CIRAS intends to take a moment and tell you a little bit about the people who make Iowa businesses better:

Michele Oswood has owned the Cedar Rapids franchise of Express Employment Professionals since February 2016, but she worked in several industries before she bought the company. She believes in creative thinking and in valuing every person who walks through the door.

Faces of Iowa Industry – Maximilian Droste (Group Schumacher North America)

Every so often, CIRAS likes to take a moment and tall you a little bit about the people who make Iowa businesses better:

Max Droste runs manufacturing at Schumacher, a maker of farm equipment, and he’d like to see industry and education work together.

Faces of Iowa Industry –  Freda Sojka (Simply Soothing)

Every so often, CIRAS likes to take a moment and tell you a little bit about the people who make Iowa businesses better:

Freda Sojka was already retired when she turned her Columbus Junction candle shop into a popular maker of all-natural bug repellent. Here’s what’s buzzing through her mind:

Faces of Iowa Industry: Joe Meier (Geater Machining & Manufacturing Co.)

Every so often (starting now), CIRAS intends to take a moment and tell you a little bit about the people who make Iowa businesses better:

Joe Meier started out as a sea-savvy machinist and worked his way to becoming vice president of operations for fast-growing Geater Machining & Manufacturing Co. in Independence.  Below you’ll find his secret to success and what he’d improve about Iowa industry if he could.

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