Business Spotlight Series – part three

The Gazette Business Spotlight Series is a year-long look at accomplishments and achievements throughout our Eastern Iowa business community. 

Part 3: Growth for the Future

A trio of interviews with for-profits and not-for-profits on their strategies for continued success.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems

BAE Systems in 2020 agreed to Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System business from United Technologies, before its planned merger with Raytheon Co. In addition, BAE has retained about 675 jobs here in Cedar Rapids. Luke Bishop, director of engineering for BAE’s Navigation and Sensor Systems, talked about those decisions – as well how it has continued to bring business to the Corridor with Gazette business editor Michael Chevy Castranova.

Big Grove

Big Grove Brewery

Big Grove has continued to grow since that first brewery in Solon, to now include venues in Iowa City, Des Moines and, ultimately, in Cedar Rapids as part of the $81.5 million First and First West development on the Cedar River’s west side. Co-founder Matt Swift spoke with Gazette reporter Izabela Zaluska about his company’s plans.

CommUnity Crisis Service
and Foundation 2

CommUnity Crisis Services
Foundation 2 Crisis Services

When the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline began using a simple 988 in mid-July, CommUnity Crisis Service and Foundation 2 agreed to the goal of helping to respond to all call and texts with 30 seconds. Sarah Nelson and Drew Martel spoke with Gazette reporter Grace King about their life-saving work.

BBB Award Presented to Inteconnex

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau joined with The Gazette in speaking with Marc Meyer, co-owner of commercial security systems provider Inteconnex. The company has expanded in Iowa and into Nebraska and Colorado. Bobby Hansen, regional director for the Better Business Bureau’s Cedar Rapids office, and Gazette business editor Michael Chevy Castranova talked with Meyer about the company’s plans.