Iowa’s Accumold Featured in New York Times

The U.S. Labor Department June report provided a strong sign that the economy is gaining steam and getting back on-track. The U.S. added 288,000 new jobs last month in several key industries like manufacturing, transportation and the service industry. Those individuals with a high school diploma or some technical training saw the biggest hiring jump, as the unemployment rate of high school graduates fell below 5.8 percent.

The surge in hiring has also hit Ankeny-based, Accumold, the global manufacturer of custom micro plastics. The company’s CEO, Roger Hargens, discusses his plan to expand their workforce over the next several months in this New York Times article.

Accumold’s facility is filled with breakthrough manufacturing processes that require highly-skilled employees. It has a strong training partnership with Des Moines Area Community College and offers students full-ride scholarships with the possibility of a high-paying, full-time job upon graduation. The stable flow of capable workers helps Accumold continue to innovate and produce products that very few in the world can duplicate.

Based in Ankeny, Iowa, Accumold manufactures custom micro plastics for medical devices and cell phones.
Based in Ankeny, Iowa, Accumold manufactures custom micro plastics for medical devices and cell phones.

USDA Green Lights Iowa’s Harrisvaccines PEDv Vaccine

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted conditional licensure of Harrisvaccines’ PEDv Vaccine for treatment of the PEDv disease, that has caused the death of nearly 8 million piglets across North America. Based in Ames, Iowa, the animal health and molecular research company began working on a vaccine as soon as it entered the U.S. in April 2013. Within a few months, they had a vaccine available through veterinary prescription. The USDA stamp of approval allows Harrisvaccines to distribute directly to producers to help fight off this disease.

As the #1 producer of pork in the U.S. – the health and safety of pigs is vital to Iowa’s Agronomic Ecosystem.

Check out a recent guest post by Joel Harris of Harrisvaccines about PEDv.

 

 

During its one year in the country, PEDv has spread to nearly 30 states and caused the death of more than eight million piglets throughout North America. – See more at: http://m.amestrib.com/news/harrisvaccines-receives-usda-license-pig-virus#sthash.tEamcfn4.dpuf
During its one year in the country, PEDv has spread to nearly 30 states and caused the death of more than eight million piglets throughout North America. – See more at: http://m.amestrib.com/news/harrisvaccines-receives-usda-license-pig-virus#sthash.tEamcfn4.dpuf

Guest Post: 3 Days Until RAGBRAI XLII

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI, will celebrate its 42nd ride across Iowa as cyclists continue to come from every state and many foreign countries to participate in the oldest, longest and largest recreational bike tour in the world.  It is truly one of the state’s largest tourism events, as 65 percent of the participants come from outside of the state of Iowa.

RAGBRAI creates an economic boom for the towns and businesses throughout the state and region.  Bicycle shops, sporting goods stores, transportation companies, beer distributors, restaurants and hoteliers are just a few of the businesses that can be positively impacted by the event.  RAGBRAI also becomes a great fundraiser for local charitable organizations like churches, civic organizations and youth groups in the individual communities.

A recent study by the University of Northern Iowa Sustainable Tourism and Environment Program (STEP) estimated over $24,000,000 of direct spending occurred in Iowa through RAGBRAI.  That’s over $3,000,000 a day!

This is one reason that towns in Iowa (as well as attempts by several communities in our neighboring states) have clamored to host this massive event that changes routes each and every year.  For many communities, RAGBRAI is usually the single largest event that they will host in their town’s history – bringing in nearly 25,000 visitors each day. I’m proud to say that we have visited all 99 Iowa counties and have rolled through the smallest to the largest of Iowa’s great cities.

However, the economic impact of cycling in Iowa does not begin or end with RAGBRAI. With a grant from PeopleForBikes, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition also collaborated with UNI’s STEP resource to publish the Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling in Iowa  study.

The research found that spending by recreational cyclists’ generates  $364.8 million in direct and indirect impacts to the State of Iowa annually. This is equivalent to $1 million per day spent for cycling.

“The return on investment was much larger than expected.  We know that communities recognize the impact that an event like RAGBRAI has on the local economy.   But what about the rest of the year when cyclists aren’t concentrated on one route?” said Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

RAGBRAI rolls from Rock Valley to Guttenberg  July 20-26, 2014.

- T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI Director