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Derek L. Thompson

Strategic Advisor Economic Development Core Facility
1805 Collaboration Place, Suite 2300
Ames, IA  50010 


BA, Iowa State University


Derek is an experienced manufacturing manager with background in both low volume/high mix and high volume/low mix production as it relates to all aspects of manufacturing. A background in logistics, design, sales, materials management, cell manufacturing, and Lean allows him to better understand the challenges of operating a manufacturing facility. Derek has worked in the foundry and fenestration industries, providing broad exposure to many different aspects and types of manufacturing facilities.

As a Strategic Advisor for CIRAS, Derek works with Iowa companies to help identify the resources that are available to assist with economic growth and profitability.
Serving CIRAS from 2003.