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Flexsteel breaks ground on global HQ in Dubuque

Flexsteel's new global headquarters will be in the Port of Dubuque Flexsteel's new global headquarters will be in the Port of Dubuque

Ten new jobs are coming to Dubuque, along with a new global headquarters building in the Port of Dubuque.

Thursday, Flexsteel - a Dubuque business of 75 years - broke ground on its new building.

In line with Dubuque's focus on sustainability, the building is "going green," from high-efficiency lighting to recycled construction materials.

Flexsteel president and CEO Ron Klosterman said the 40,000 square-foot structure will be a big change from the current headquarters in Dubuque.

"We've been in our current facilities for over 75 years, and they're not meeting our current needs," Klosterman said. "To be able to do a new office for our associates here in the wonderful Port of Dubuque is just terrific."

Plans for a new building began three years ago but got put on hold.

"We went through a great recession, which very dramatically impacted our company, resulted in us doing some downsizing, but as we started to see our company being repositioned and doing better, we got more serious about it," Klosterman said.

The building will sit next to the Diamond Jo casino and even connect to the public parking ramp there.

"Our employees will have an opportunity to have covered parking, which is a real plus," Klosterman said.

Rick Dickinson is the director of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. He said this expansion shows Flexsteel is in Dubuque for good.

"That's part of the game, where everybody feels they have to threaten to leave somewhere. These folks didn't threaten at all," he said. "They are corporate citizens, they are committed to this community and to their workforce, and they didn't play that game."

Flexsteel is 118 years old and the nation's eighth largest furniture manufacturer.

Klosterman said he hopes to have 100 employees in and working within one year.

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