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Monthly Archives: February 2020

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.

Folience CEO makes the case for more ESOP support

The story of a Corridor ESOP company’s role in keeping a rural Iowa town’s one major manufacturer humming when its owner was ready to retire went to Washington last week.

It’s electric: Moxie’s new EV business goes live

About a year ago, Moxie Solar founder and CEO Jason Hall had what he calls an “epiphany.” The trailblazing Corridor entrepreneur woke up in the middle of the night realizing Moxie was only doing part of the job.

Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend: Steve West

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.

SE Iowa employers eye Puerto Rico’s ‘talent pipeline’

“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.

Building a better recruitment system

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.

Diversity Straight Up: The art of authentic conversation

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.

Corridor entrepreneur flips the dip

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

Cargill’s CEO sees big things ahead for CR

Cargill plans to invest $100 million at its Diamond V facility in Cedar Rapids, Chairman and CEO David MacLennan said as part of a keynote inter­view at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance annual meeting on Jan. 29.

Real Success with Nate Kaeding: Mark Nolte

Former NFL athlete and Iowa entrepreneur Nate Kaeding talks with Mark Nolte, former president of Iowa City’s ICAD Group, about his path to economic development and recent career transition in the latest edition of Real Success with Nate Kaeding. Presented by MidWestOne Bank.

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