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Structural Steel for the UICH

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Barnes Manufacturing, a proud contributor of UICH.

This past fall and winter Barnes Manufacturing had the opportunity to help provide needed materials for construction of The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. We provided help in several areas, such as laser and flame cut plates, zinc metalizing flame spray, as well as finish painting. When we were presented with the opportunity we jumped on the project without hesitation, it’s not everyday we are afforded the chance to help with such an important cause. We at Barnes Manufacturing enjoy each and every opportunity we have to work with, and in, our surrounding communities.

With the expected completion at the end of 2016, UICH will become the only comprehensive children’s hospital in the state of Iowa

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Grants Available for Manufacturing Costs for Civic Projects

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Every state and county offers unique grant opportunities to make its communities more attractive, more active and offer a better quality of life for residents and tourists. From publicly funded money for State organizations to grants from casinos and businesses that thrive because of the people in a community, your project can benefit from grants. You just have to know where to look and how to secure the funding.

Barnes Manufacturing Services has worked on several architectural steel structures for parks and community gathering places that have been possible with the help of public and private grants.

Every Community Has Community Project Funding Available

Every state and county offers unique grant opportunities to make its communities more attractive, more active and offer a better quality of life for residents and tourists. From publicly funded money for State organizations to grants from casinos and businesses that thrive because of the people in a community, your project can benefit from grants. You just have to know where to look and how to secure the funding.

Five Steps to Successful Grant Writing for Civic Projects

  • Remember that there are real people reading the grant application. Speak to their senses and to what people want in a community that they live in.
  • Get to know the decision-makers. What types of projects and organizations have they funded in the past? Is there a pattern to their decisions? Can you actually meet any of the board members and build relationships?
  • Join professional organizations and take advantage of volunteer opportunities that put you in social circles with people from the organizations and companies that offer grants. Grant makers choose an area to fund and often want to partner with committees and organizations that do a good job of carrying out goals that relate to their funding goals.
  • Remember that the influencers in an organization are not always the highest paid. Be nice to the receptionist and other people who may be able to impress upon the decision-makers that your cause is deserving and the people they deal with from your organization are professional and kind.
  • Follow up with the board who decides whether to give the grant, whether it is accepted or rejected. Even if your project is rejected, thank the board for their time, and ask them for some pointers and reasons why the grant was rejected. You may learn something for the next grant application, and they may have more money to grant in several months or a year. Never burn your bridges and always leave a solid impression – no matter what the outcome.

Where Can You Get Grants For Civic Projects?

Communities and schools in Iowa and the Greater Cedar Rapids area can look to the following funding sources, but this is just a small list of available grant sources. If you are looking for funding in another geographical area, you may need to do some research.

  • Community Attraction and Tourism Grants (State of Iowa)
  • Iowa Arts Council (State of Iowa)
  • Iowa Great Places (State of Iowa)
  • Art place America (private foundation)
  • Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (Local)
  • Hall – Perrine Foundation (Local)
  • Many local corporations in the Cedar Rapids area have their own grant programs:
    • Rockwell
    • Alliant
    • TransAmerica
    • CRST

If you have an architectural steel project that you need help with planning before or after obtaining the funding, call Barnes Manufacturing Services for custom manufacturing projects of all types.

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Giving Kids the Edge on a Manufacturing Careers

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Community College and Machining Companies Show Students Need for Skilled Trade

You can’t push a square block into a round hole, much like you shouldn’t force a student who succeeds in creating things toward a career where they will not have the opportunity to push the limits of their creativity. High school students of the last generation were driven toward four year colleges, academic majors, and Master’s degrees, and away from skilled trades and manufacturing careers like machining, welding and mechanics. Kirkwood Community College has partnered with Eastern Iowa machine shops and welding companies to introduce students to skilled trades earlier.

Fifteen companies manufacturing companies in Iowa’s Creative Corridor participated in the 2015 Advancing the Future: A Tour of Corridor Manufacturers. They opened their doors to high school high school students who participate in shop classes, and some invited the public in to find out more about the careers they offer and services they provide. Read More

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Benefits of Custom Manufacturing Food Processing Equipment

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When finding new food processing equipment for your plant, there are many options to consider and choosing one that fits your requirements and goals can be challenging. One solution to finding the best equipment for your food processing plant is custom designed equipment. Below are just some of the benefits to partnering with a custom manufacturing company for your custom processing equipment needs.

Integration with Custom Fabricated Equipment

With custom equipment, it can be designed to integrate into your current operations seamlessly, no matter the age or style of your current factory or commercial kitchen. A custom manufacturer of food processing equipment can design equipment to the unique dimensions and specifications that fit your current process. Your specifications might include the size of the space you have to work with, or size or shape of the finished product. Read More

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Business to Business – Building Relationships with a Custom Manufacturer

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As a business, whether you are in manufacturing, food service, renewable energy, or heavy equipment operation, it is imperative to have allies who employs skilled in custom fabricators. If you work with machines that are largely comprised of metal or plastic parts, a custom manufacturing company can offer simple weldments and quick metal machining services, as well as, custom designed parts and even custom fabricated machines and equipment. Read More

Communities Partner With Custom Manufacturers

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Eye-catching public artwork spruces up a community and helps create interest in parks and government buildings, so having a custom fabrication company that knows the goals and image your community is trying to create is imperative. Create a public partnership with a metal manufacturer who understands your community vision, will listen to your community’s needs and will guide the process of creating metal projects, both large and small, in order to help your board stay under budget for projects of all sizes. Read More

Architectural Steel for any Location

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Finding a Great Manufacturer for Architectural Steel Structures


the peak is lowered into positionDo you have an artistic vision for a metal structure, but lack the equipment and skills to make it a reality? Maybe you need to replace a metal part from a large structure that is no longer sold or needs to be replicated. Architectural steel structures can be strikingly beautiful and unique, or simply functional and load bearing.

Whether you need creative architectural steel design that is engineered with a purpose in mind, or a replacement piece or structure for a decorative metal roof, you should seek out a company that has expertise in working with a huge variety of different types of metals.

Some architectural structural steel fabricators are focused solely on one metal type or medium, but if you find a custom manufacturer who can partner with you from design to delivery, the entire process can be more collaborative and seamless. Read More

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Sandblasting Metal

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Sandblasting Offers Best Surface for Paint or Metallizing

That old tractor or antique piece of equipment is just sitting in the shed and every year the humidity makes it rust and corrode a little more. It will look new again with the help of professional sandblasting and powder coat painting services, or even zinc metallizing on parts that would look great in silver.

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Diversified Custom Manufacturing Under One Roof

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Are you depending on multiple companies to produce one part, because none of them can do the project from start to finish?

Some metal parts manufacturers are increasing their offering by providing value-added services that go above and beyond machining. Not only does this type of diversified custom manufacturing company to serve a larger customer base, it also allows customers to have all of their parts manufacturing needs completed under one roof.

That comes with even more benefits that you may not think of when you are seeking the best place to have manufacture your parts or machinery.

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