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CIRAS -- The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) provides education, research, and technical assistance to Iowa industry through partnerships with Iowa's universities, community colleges and government agencies. Assistance is supported in part by the DoC/NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the DoD/DLA Procurement Technical Assistance Program and the DoC/EDA University Center Program.

 AgMRC -- The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center provides independent producers and processors with critical information needed to build successful value-added agriculture enterprises.

The Value Added Agriculture Program provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa. Whether it's a new start-up, or an established business wanting to expand, the VAAP works directly with the owners of the business.

Business and Industry News

Iowa State to Establish Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Network
(Posted on 8/20/2013)
Iowa State University will be establishing the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Network with a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant was awarded to the ISU Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service.
 
CIRAS Annual Review of Manufacturing Available Online
(Posted on 8/16/2013)
An annual review of manufacturing by the Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service shows that Iowa’s manufacturing sector continued its post-recession recovery, adding jobs through 2011. Employment in this sector, however, is still 10 percent lower than prerecession levels in 2007.
CIRAS Celebrates 50 Years Serving Iowa Business, Industry
(Posted on 6/7/2013)
With an official proclamation from Gov. Terry Branstad, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service is celebrating 50 years of service to Iowa business and industry.
Quality Machine of Iowa Featured in CIRAS News
(Posted on 5/10/2013)
Quality Machine of Iowa Inc. is featured in the spring issue of CIRAS News, the newsletter of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service. QMI has been working with CIRAS since 2010 to incorporate lean manufacturing principles and to expand the company’s customer base.
CIRAS Helps MAHLE Engine Components with Safety
(Posted on 4/30/2013)
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service assists companies in the area of safety in a variety of ways.
2013 Nonprofit Management Academy Offered in Linn County
(Posted on 4/17/2013)
Iowans seeking professional development in nonprofit management can register now for the Nonprofit Management Academy. The next course is April 25 and classes continue monthly in Cedar Rapids through November.
 
New Market Maker Feature Helps Connect Businesses with Ag and Food Workers
(Posted on 3/15/2013)
Finding new employees for a food or agricultural business has just gotten easier. At no cost, members of the MarketMaker website can use the new employment opportunities feature to post a new job opening and see it advertised nationally.
Corn Stover Harvest Meetings Scheduled for Eastern and Central Iowa
(Posted on 2/6/2013)
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host meetings in Madrid on Feb. 28 and Dubuque on March 6 to address emerging opportunities related to stover harvesting for the biomass feedstock needs of local industries.
Wind and Solar Energy Is Focus of Northwest Iowa Conference
(Posted on 1/24/2013)
A Wind and Solar Energy Conference will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Sioux City Convention Center, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The conference will address the growing interest in alternative energy sources that has raised many questions about wind and solar energy in northwest Iowa.
Food Facilities Must Register with FDA by Dec. 31, 2012
(Posted on 12/6/2012)
All facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food (human and animal) within the United States are required to register with the Food and Drug Administration in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. ISU Extension and Outreach has a registration tutorial and a checklist for assessing food safety preparedness available online.