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Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)

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The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is jointly part of the College of Engineering and Office of Economic Development and Industrial Relations at Iowa State University. CIRAS helps companies grow and prosper.

The CIRAS mission is to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of industry through applied research, education, and technical assistance. CIRAS has been working with companies in communities across Iowa for more than 50 years, based on a vision that communities are better when they contain prosperous businesses. Because multiple resources are necessary to meet the needs of Iowa companies, CIRAS partners with Iowa's universities, community colleges, government agencies, and business associations throughout the state. Since 1963, CIRAS has provided Iowa manufacturers with the training, tools, and connections needed to accelerate innovation, identify new opportunities in domestic and export markets, and maximize potential. CIRAS services involve providing five main categories of assistance for Iowa businesses: Leadership, Growth, Productivity, Technology, and Workforce.

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Success Stories

New Normal: Dickson Industries Growing with Gowns

Reported Year
2021
Dickson Industries made its name making medical fabrics and garments before venturing into various lines of food-industry clothing and preconsumer products, such as specialized netting used to enhance the flavor of meat during smoking. When the coronavirus decimated demand for food-industry products, Dickson officials realized that they were

Fox River Mills Partners with CIRAS to Develop a TCO Model

Reported Year
2021
Sales were negatively impacted due to the COVID pandemic and leadership requested assistance developing a total cost of ownership (TCO) model specific to their business that would help support their efforts to grow revenue. Specific efforts were aimed at showing the value of domestic, more reliable supply chains with shorter lead times.
Created March 18, 2019, Updated July 12, 2021