Stuart and I travel to Ames to check out a solar manufacturing company named PowerFilm, Inc., for a chat with co-founder and CEO Frank Jeffrey and president and COO Tim Neugent. This innovative company has been going since 1988, employs 100 people, recently hiring 10 new employees. They work closely with partner businesses, provide thin solar film for military applications like solar tents--even solar hats for night time reading!! Their latest venture is developing a flexible computer screen with Hewlett-Packard. We also take a walking tour of their facilities and learn about the intricate, complex manufacturing system involved in producing thin solar film.
We also meet with Bob Haug, director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, at their LEED-certified headquarters near Ankeny. IAMU represents more than 550 municipal electric, gas, water and telecommunication utilities statewide, and maintains a marketing relationship with more than 185 associate member businesses. Organized in 1947, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities today is the largest organization of its kind in the country.