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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. Since 1963, CIRAS has partnered with Iowa companies and communities to help them prosper and grow.

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 60 years, based on a vision that communities are better when they contain prosperous businesses. CIRAS has provides Iowa manufacturers with the training, tools, and connections needed to accelerate innovation, identify new opportunities in domestic and export markets, and maximize potential. CIRAS delivers services in four core service areas: Operational Excellence, Workforce, Growth and Executive Strategy.

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Success Stories

CIRAS Support When You Need It Most

Reported Year
A few days after a June 2021 fire destroyed the Dobson Pipe Organ Builders workshop, Deana Hoeg-Ryan called Derek Thompson, a CIRAS strategic advisor. The Lake City company’s office staff had relocated to a nearby house but didn’t have any equipment. “I knew CIRAS had helped us in the past and called Derek to see if there’s anything he could do,”

Dickson Turns to CIRAS for Automation Support

Reported Year
Dickson had the potential to increase its sales. However, like other Iowa businesses, it grappled with a challenging workforce environment that posed difficulties for its expansion. Dickson turned to CIRAS, part of the MEP National Network™, for help.

Partnerships Help Plas-Tech Grow

Reported Year
Over the last several years Plas-Tech engaged with CIRAS, part of the MEP National Network™, on several projects to build upon their capabilities and capacities in order to position themselves for growth opportunities. With that foundation they were in need of developing a stronger digital presence.
Created March 18, 2019, Updated April 2, 2024