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Delta Industries moves to Dike

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DIKE (KWWL) - A manufacuturer of archery targets is moving to a new facility after a fire burned its old building during the summer.

A fire destroyed Delta's longtime home in Reinbeck back in August.

That put production on hold while the world's largest maker of archery targets looked for a new home.

Now it found one 10 miles northwest in Dike.

It could be as early as the end of this month but more likely next month when Delta can start producing archery targets again.

The company's CEO says he wanted to rebuild in Reinbeck but it just didn't work out that way.

For 4 months, a few dozen Delta Industries workers have been divided.

Office workers have been working at the old Airgas building in Waterloo.

Others have worked at a facility in Hudson.

But soon, they'll come together at the former Walterman Implement buildings in Dike.

"It's a nice facility. It fits right. It flows right and we just had to modify it to fit our needs," said Delta Industries CEO Laverne Woock.

Woock says the former location in Reinbeck still looks like it did just a few weeks after the fire.

The company's insurer still hasn't okayed demolition though it may happen soon.

He says it was important to get operations back to normal.

"When you lose your entire facility no matter what you do right, it's a long haul back and we feel fortunate that we had a lot of good people, we kept our employees. We had good insurance," said Woock.

Grundy County economic development leaders wanted to keep Delta in the county.

They helped connect the company with its new building.

"Economic development is very competitive so I know once the publicity was out there that they had a fire that anybody with an existing facility or a site for these would be contacted and offer them incentives to come there," said Economic Development Director Melanie Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick says Delta's not getting any incentives for the move.

The only stumbling block was a zoning change which has been made.

Delta's office staff will move into the new building Thursday with production expected to get started again later this month.

FEMA is currently using part of Delta's property in Dike for its disaster operations.

That's expected to continue for another couple of years.

After that, Woock says it's possible the company could expand at that location.

85 people will work there once production resumes.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters 

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