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150 new jobs coming to Tri-States

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- 150 new jobs will soon be heading into the Tri-States area, according to a Wednesday morning announcement.

Memphis-based Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. announced it's expanding its presence in Dubuque.

It first came to the city in 2006. Back then, it promised to create 75 jobs but now employs 210.

Dubuque isn't the only city anticipating jobs. As part of a regional effort, the city is looking to expand economic opportunities beyond city limits. In this case, that means the Sedgwick CMS expansion proposal will bring 106 jobs to Dubuque and 44 jobs to Bellevue, where there is currently no office.

According to Dubuque director of economic development Dave Heiar, that's something the state hasn't really seen.

Heiar said when the city proposed to the Iowa Department of Economic Development submitting one application for both Dubuque and Bellevue, "They said, 'Well, this has never happened before in Iowa.' And we said, 'Well, that's great, because you've promoted that we should be working together as a region.'"

Heiar said the expansion plan is the biggest job creation announcement in Dubuque since IBM's back in January 2009.

As for the city of Bellevue, such an announcement is a little more unique.

"We have two main industries in town," Bellevue city administrator Loras Herrig said. "That would be Rockwell Collins, and then there's Ensign Corporation, which has been here for years."

Herrig said Rockwell Collins arrived in the 80s and Ensign Corporation has been around for more than 50 years.

"It's like a dream come true," Bellevue mayor Virgil Murray said of the Sedgwick expansion plans. "To get a company of this stature to come in our community and offer excellent jobs, it provides a lot of hope and excitement in our community."

Murray said the city could use that hope and excitement after the tragic horse incident on July 4.

"Bellevue's ready for some good news, and this is it," Murray said.

He had a lot of people to thank, including a very important local tie.

"We have the CEO of Sedgwick living in our community," Murray said, "and we have to say thank you to his contribution to the effort. There's no doubt that plays a role as well."

Sedgwick CMS posts information about job openings on its Web site. Click HERE for that.

Heiar said although Dubuque had to work harder to attract Sedgwick to the city back in 2006, the company is still looking at more than $400,000 in state incentives for its expansion.

Online Reporter:  Becca Habegger

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