Tag: Manufacturing

FULL EPISODE #310: GOMACO & PEAR DECK

 

GOMACO, Ida Grove

Harold and Gary Godberson started a family business making concrete finishing machines in the 1960s. In the fifty years since, their company has become a trailblazer in concrete paving worldwide.

Pear Deck, Iowa City

This small Iowa City software company creates programs for use in the classroom. The teachers and designers behind the business are focused on making their educational tools more engaging for all the students in the classroom.

FULL EPISODE #307: PLASTICS UNLIMITED & AGRISYNC

 

Plastics Unlimited, Preston

After the 1980s farm crisis, Terry and Nancy Kieffer needed to supplement their farm income. Through entrepreneurship they kept the farm and brought jobs to the community.

AgriSync, Waukee

Since childhood, Casey Niemann’s passion was in farming. After multiple years working in the tech industry, he brought his expertise back to the agriculture industry. .

FULL EPISODE #304: RMA ARMAMENT & MISSISSIPPI RIVER DISTILLING COMPANY

 

RMA Armament, Centerville

While serving in the Marines, Blake Waldrop lost a friend that was killed in combat. That military experience would later sent him on a rocky journey towards entrepreneurship manufacturing military grade armor.

Mississippi River Distilling Company, LeClaire

Brothers Ryan and Garrett Burchett learned about entrepreneurship by working in a family business in their childhood. They’ve now started a business of their own in one of Iowa’s top tourist towns.

FULL EPISODE #302: SWEET RAW JOY & RCS MILLWORK

 

Sweet Raw Joy, Iowa City

After making the choice to adopt a healthier lifestyle, Laurie Moritz was inspired to start her own wellness-minded business. Three businesses later, Laurie is shipping products globally.

RCS Millwork, Ankeny

Following years working as a high school teacher, All-American wrestler Dan Keller pursued his true passion of woodworking. See how this athlete and mentor brought his life experience to the world of business.

 

FULL EPISODE #301: TRES MENTES SALSA & BERATEK INDUSTRIES

 

Tres Mentes Salsa,  Grimes

Brothers Phillip and Angelo Campos graduated from college to find they didn’t enjoy their corporate careers. With the support of one another and their family, they risked everything to start their own business.

BeraTek Industries,  Cedar Rapids

As a teenager, inventor Gerald Beranek loved tinkering, fixing, and creating. Those interests led him to starting his own product development and manufacturing company.

FULL EPISODE #208: Musco Lighting & Rocket Referrals

 

Musco LightingMuscatine/Oskaloosa
From movie sets to speedways, learn about the Iowa company that has been there to make sure the lights turn on.

Rocket Referrals – Des Moines/Keokuk
Meet two brothers who credit their father with cultivating their own interest in becoming entrepreneurs.

FULL EPISODE #206: Puck Custom Enterprises & Stone Medical

 

Puck Custom Enterprises – Manning
Learn the history behind how a side job grew into one of the largest employers in Manning, Iowa.

Stone Medical – Davenport
Follow the road from solving a problem in the medical industry to actually getting the product to the hospitals that need it.

FULL EPISODE #204: Breads From Anna & Sukup Manufacturing

 

Breads From AnnaIowa City
Discover how a health diagnosis led an East Coast art professor to become an entrepreneur.

Sukup Manufacturing – Sheffield
Follow one man’s journey from farming to building an international business.

FULL EPISODE #203: Fire Farm & Wallace Farms

 

Fire Farm – Elkader
When Adam Pollock took a trip to rediscover his family roots, the Californian was inspired to move his decorative lighting company to Iowa.

Wallace Farms – Keystone
When a young college baseball player faced a health crisis, he sought out healthier food. Now, he provides food for professional sports teams across the country.

FULL EPISODE #202: Cookies BBQ & Schumacher Elevator

 

Cookies BBQWall Lake
“Speed” Herrig, a recognizable face in Iowa barbecue, shares the stories. Learn the stories behind his many entrepreneurial endeavors.

Schumacher ElevatorDenver
The Schumacher family of Denver, Iowa, has operated businesses in the town since before the Great Depression, and runs the town’s largest employer.