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Dyersville's ClearSpan to be in episode of Discovery's 'How It's Made'

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A "How It's Made" crew member shoots video Thursday at ClearSpan in Dyersville A "How It's Made" crew member shoots video Thursday at ClearSpan in Dyersville

The popular Discovery Channel show "How It's Made" was in eastern Iowa Thursday, shooting for an upcoming episode.

"How It's Made" highlights the way interesting and unique items are manufactured.

Thursday's shoot was at ClearSpan in Dyersville, which makes high-tension fabric buildings.

ClearSpan is owned by Engineering Services & Products Company, which also owns FarmTek, TekSupply and Growers Supply.

Rob Blush is design construction manager for the company and was on site Thursday for the "How It's Made" crew's shoot.

"It's a show I've always watched," Blush said. "My kids love watching it with me."

He said ClearSpan's structures, which are made of polyethylene (plastic) material stretched over a steel frame, are used in a variety of industries.

"We started out in the ag industry. That was really where the company got started and that's really where a lot of our buildings began, whether it was hay storage, livestock storage, equipment storage," Blush said. "But we've really branched out to just about anything you can imagine. We've done anything from warehouses all the way up to occupied buildings. For example, in Virginia, we've done a building for an orchestra."

The shoot's director, Samuel Greffe, said he and his crew are based out of Montreal, Canada, and are now traveling all across America, doing day-long shoots for "How It's Made."

On Thursday, the crew planned on shooting some 10 hours of video, which will be reduced to a 4.5-minute segment for one of the half-hour episodes.

Martina Bockenstedt is general manager for Engineering Services & Products Company and was also present for Thursday's shoot.

"We're hoping to figure out when that's going to be on the air," Bockenstedt said. "It could take up to a year for production, so I would say anything within the next year timeframe it should be on."

Greffe said he doesn't yet know when this particular episode will air. After Thursday's shoot, the video will be sent back to the editors for post-production work.

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