A new pilot at Collins Aerospace

As the megamerger of United Technologies Corp. and Raytheon nears the finish line, a leadership shuffle at UTC subsidiary Collins Aerospace has placed several Iowa executives in key roles.

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In the fourth episode of Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend, Tom sits down with Steve West, chairman of Coralville-based West Music, for a conversation about his family’s beginnings in the industry, moving the needle on music accessibility and giving back to the Corridor.

“They are joyful people — they have a great spirit,” says Jennifer Andrade of the 36 Puerto Rican workers her new company, Avance USA, has resettled to fill high-demand jobs in northwest Iowa’s Mitchell County.

A quick scan of regional job boards suggests manufacturers are in something of a race to the top when it comes to creatively finding and retaining employees.

In the latest episode of the CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Joel Schmidt, vice president of business development with Alliant Energy, about the importance of authentic conversations, lessons learned from his days of international travel and how diversity can lead to positive change.

Things are heating up for one Corridor startup and its cool dips and condiments.


Annual brand confusion reins

February 25, 2020

CBJ Editorial
It’s the time of year for those annual meetings of economic development organizations in the Corridor, where members network and receive an update on the progress of the past year.

How will your branding communicate ‘quality’?

February 20, 2020

By Besty McCloskey | Guest Column
Traditionally, manufacturing marketing is focused on sales. While business development is the number one concern for most industries, in a world where Google is the first source of information, things have changed.

Preserve the caucus impact

February 19, 2020

CBJ Editorial
The vote-counting debacle surrounding last week’s Iowa Democratic caucuses has resulted in much hand wringing and finger pointing.

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