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Peosta manufacturing plant expansion means new jobs

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A manufacturing plant in Peosta cut the ribbon Wednesday on a $3.4 million expansion project, creating 23 new jobs.

The Camoplast Solideal manufacturing plant in Peosta produces the undercarriage for John Deere agricultural equipment. Community leaders say the plant expansion means so much more than just 23 available jobs.

Camoplast Solideal received some $300,000 in combined economic incentives from the state and Dubuque area, including $4,500 per new worker to go toward skills training.

Greater Dubuque Development Corporation executive director Rick Dickinson said the plant's expansion mirrors a larger shift in Peosta's growth.

"Up until about 1990, this was a cornfield," he said, "and now it's a fully-populated industrial park with a dozen plus employers here that are growing as we speak."

Dickinson said this good economic news stands in contrast with last month's bad news, when Wisconsin-based company Quad/Graphics announced it is closing its Dubuque facility, eliminating more than 200 jobs. Dickinson said he hopes some of those workers can fill the new positions at Camoplast Solideal.

The company currently employs 60 people at its Peosta plant and, again, is adding 23 more. Jobs include welding, metal fabrication and powder coating and pay anywhere from $12 to $15 per hour, with benefits.

The Canada-based company employs more than 7,500 people at its facilities worldwide.

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