Kristy Carrier looked around one day and realized she was drowning.[Read More ...]
We make some really cool things in Iowa.
Most of them (like a robotic system from Acieta) aren’t very practical gifts. But when you produce as much as we do here in Iowa, there are tons of great gifts.[Read More ...]
CIRAS government contracting specialist Andy Alexander was eating breakfast in downtown Onawa one morning in 2014 when he suddenly came face-to-face with the aspirations of a Monona County sheriff’s deputy.
“He walked in and wanted to know if that was my government car out there,” Alexander recalls. “I thought he was going to give me a ticket.”[Read More ...]
A major manufacturer of egg flats and fast-food drink carriers has turned to CIRAS for help with the next phase of improving its business.
Clarion Packaging—a 100-employee plant in Clarion, Iowa, with a sister facility in Brook, Indiana—first approached CIRAS roughly two years ago for help achieving food safety certification. The company now is working with CIRAS to test its product quality and plan for the future.[Read More ...]
For Eric Cook, national Manufacturing Day was a chance to show 40 high school vocational students what the future may hold.
“They get exposure,” Cook said. “Just seeing what’s out there, seeing what the job takes, what it’s really like out on the shop floor.”[Read More ...]
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.[Read More ...]
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.”[Read More ...]
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.[Read More ...]
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.[Read More ...]
Ron Petersen thought he had it right, but he wasn’t sure.
Petersen, owner of Summertime Potato Company in Des Moines, sought CIRAS’ help last year to make certain that his company was in compliance with the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a sweeping 2011 law that gave the FDA new powers to prevent foodborne illness.[Read More ...]