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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

Methodical detective work by a CIRAS metallurgist helped an Iowa computer company keep a new product on track and preserved the potential for an estimated $25 million in new sales.

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Crystal Group was working on machines for a new autonomous vehicle in spring 2019 when the company noticed a problem-- corrosion in the computers' cooling systems. Crystal Group contacted CIRAS, the Iowa Center for Industrial Research and Services, part of the MEP National Network™, for help finding the cause and identifying a solution.

Inventory Management Support with Walsh Door & Security

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Dave Hunt, hardware inventory control manager for Walsh Door & Security, said the company needed help with the different ways to calculate inventory, such as the value of the inventory on the shelf, the cost of it sitting on the shelf, or how many times the inventory turned. Hunt turned to classes offered by the Ciras, part of the MEP National

Tortilleria Sonora Steps Out on a Path to Food Safety Certification

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Life began moving faster after Betty Garcia received a phone call from a Des Moines-area produce company in 2017. The company was planning to launch a line of ready-to-eat meals and wanted to know if Tortilleria Sonora would be interested in supplying tortillas. However, they had a few questions about the business first.As she searched for answers

"Before, I kind of felt like the Lone Ranger, you know? Everything was on my shoulders. Now, I don’t. It’s kind of like I have the resources of a bigger company at a very reasonable cost."

—Dave Conklin, Owner

Created March 18, 2019, Updated June 2, 2020