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Culver announces jobs for Iowa

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DES MOINES (KWWL)-- Governor Chet Culver announced Thursday that 17 companies are planning or proposing a total of 300 new jobs across Iowa after receiving awards from the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Awards approved by the Iowa Economic Development Board will go to projects or proposals in Fort Dodge, Sioux Center, Ames, Urbandale, Fort Madison, Marion, Hiawatha, Eldridge, Pella, Davenport, Ankeny, Shell Rock, Huxley, Newton, Vinton, West Des Moines, Cedar Falls, Sheldon and Clive.

"Today's awards represent companies from a diverse group of industry sectors," Governor Culver said. "We are pleased so many companies are choosing to locate or expand in Iowa and employ the skilled members of our state's work force."

Awards approved include the following:

Animal health company proposes expansions

The board awarded $3,239,000 in direct financial assistance through the Grow Iowa Values Financial Assistance Program to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.  for a proposed expansion at its facilities in Fort Dodge, Sioux Center and Ames.  The project includes the construction of three specialized vaccine research buildings and the renovation of existing research buildings.  The project represents a $16.9 million capital investment and is expected to create a total of 96 jobs,  92 of which are supported by state incentives.  A total of 535 jobs will be retained as a result of the award.

Unverferth Manufacturing Co. in Shell Rock to expand

The board approved $140,000 in direct assistance to Unverferth Manufacturing to expand their Shell Rock facility.  The farm equipment manufacturer's $2 million capital investment includes a 41,500 square-foot addition that will provide more space for assembly and shipping preparation.  The project will create 40 jobs that are supported by the state incentives.

Packaging company plans Newton facility

The board approved $300,000 in direct financial assistance to packaging company Walter G. Anderson Inc. to open a new production facility in Newton.  The company is the leading independent supplier of folding cartons in the upper Midwest, and its facility in Newton will be its second Midwest location.  The project will create 60 jobs, 40 of which are supported by state incentives.  The facility will be between 125,000 and 175,000 square feet and will begin with one production line, with expansion of up to three additional lines. The project represents a $14.6 million capital investment.  

Technology firm to expand in Urbandale

The board approved an award of $225,000 for Dice Career Solutions to build a new facility in Urbandale that will consolidate two existing facilities in the city.  This project is expected to create 16 jobs and retain 154 more.  Dice is a provider of specialized career websites where employers and recruiters find prospective employees and professionals can find job opportunities.  Plans call for the construction of a 34,770 square-foot facility with the option to increase by another 10,000 square feet, as needed. The project represents a $1.75 million capital investment.

Proposed R&D facility in Fort Madison

The board awarded $100,000 in direct financial assistance to E. I.  DuPont de Nemours, Inc. for a proposed research and development pilot facility at the DuPont Ink manufacturing plant in Fort Madison.  The plant makes pigmented inks for InkJet printers, serving all major printer manufacturers.  The project would mean a $1.56 million capital investment and would reduce overhead costs and provide better efficiency for the business. State incentives are expected to support the creation of 3 jobs.

ESCO expansion in Marion

The board approved $130,000 in direct financial assistance to ESCO Automation to construct an office building in Marion to house its corporate headquarters and its engineering division.  State incentives, including tax benefits through the High Quality Jobs program, are expected to support the creation of 25 new jobs.  The ESCO Group provides engineering and construction services primarily to the food and beverage industry.  The project represents a $4.9 million capital investment.

Hiawatha firm gets assistance for projects

The board awarded $24,300 to communications equipment company HH Ventures in Hiawatha for technical assistance to support two key projects.  The projects will enhance wireless broadband connection manager software and automate and streamline firmware installations.

Metal processing facility proposed for Eldridge

The board approved tax incentives through the High Quality Jobs program to Joseph T. Ryerson and Son Inc. for a proposed steel processing and distribution facility in Eldridge.  The company currently is evaluating sites in Eldridge Iowa, Alabama and Texas to relocate its Chicago operations.  The company proposes leasing an existing 175,000-square-foot facility in Eldridge formerly used by ADS Roll and Hold.  The project represents a $7.39 million capital investment and would create 51 jobs, 6 of which would be supported by state incentives.

Milking equipment producer could expand in Pella

The board awarded $670,000 to Lely USA Inc. to establish a proposed consolidated headquarters and production facility in Pella.  The company, which produces automated milking systems and barn accessories, is looking for a location somewhere in North America.  The project would entail a 35,000-40,000 square-foot production facility and headquarters office. The project, totaling $3,046,000, would create an anticipated total of 30 jobs, 18 of which are supported by state incentives.  Another 4 jobs are expected to be retained. 

Davenport firm proposing expansion

The board approved tax incentives to Phoenix Closures, which is proposing an expansion at its Davenport facility.  The project would modernize and expand the current facility by an additional 15,000 square feet.  The manufacturing firm produces injection-molded closures. The $738,000 expansion would make production at the facility more efficient and would better accommodate new product lines and growth.  The project is expected to create 8 jobs and retain 43.

Ankeny food distributor to grow

The board approved tax incentives for food distribution company Sysco Iowa to build a new $4.7 million facility.  The 20,000-square-foot facility will include a state-of-the-art test kitchen and customer showcase. The facility will allow clients to learn about new products, menu offerings and other ideas to better serve their customers.

Huxley software company sees award

The board approved a $50,000 royalty agreement for software development company Vision-1 in Huxley.  The company has created an employee performance measurement platform.  The platform is staged to re-engineer human resource management systems in the retail, hospitality, and financial services industries.

 

 

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