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Eastern Iowa town adds jobs despite tough economy

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While companies across America are tightening their belts, not everywhere is feeling the same pinch from the economy.

An eastern Iowa town is seeing its companies actually adding jobs.

"At this time, if you need a job you can come to New Hampton and I'm sure you can get one in just about any kind of a field you want," says New Hampton Economic Development Director Bob Soukup.

Soukup says New Hampton's economy is growing, thanks to many of the town's employers adding more jobs.

While recent rumors have spread that the city's largest employer, Trimark, will soon have layoffs, company officials say no more are in the works after 17 people were laid off earlier this month.

In fact, many other companies are adding workers including candle-maker Soy Basics after it was bought by S.C. Johnson.

"They're going to add two shifts because they're going to advertise nationally and internationally and they need two shifts to cover that demand," says Soukup.

In addition, Soukup says Ross Marketing is adding jobs thanks to new management, Bay Valley Foods will soon open after renovations and repairs, and longtime New Hampton manufacturer Zip's Truck Equipment will also add staff.

Those expansions only mean added benefits to the rest of the community.

"There seems to be progress there and when people are doing that, it keeps your town modern with good buildings and keeps our worksites neat and our workers more efficient," says Soukup.

Homeland Energy Solutions also continues work on a new ethanol processing facility east of New Hampton along Highway 24.

That's expected to begin operation early next year.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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