Frontier Co-op to expand in three Iowa locations

DES MOINES, Iowa — Frontier Co-op is planning to expand its facilities in Belle Plaine, Norway and Urbana, a project that is expected to create 33 jobs.

Frontier Co-op specializes in natural and organic products, including herbs, spices, foods, teas and aromatherapy products. The Iowa Economic Development Authority recently approved direct financial assistance and tax incentives in support of the proposed expansion under the state’s High Quality Jobs Program, according to a news release.

In Belle Plaine, Frontier plans to purchase a new building to serve as a warehouse and distribution center for the co-op’s Simply Organic and Aura Cacia brands. The proposed project would result in a capital investment of $2.8 million and create 16 jobs, two of which are incented at a qualifying wage of $15.76 per hour.

In Norway in Benton County, the company’s proposed expansion includes the addition of a new bottling line and renovation of the food and flavorings facility. The $8.4 million project will increase capacity and also allow Frontier Co-op to maintain compliance with new food safety and sanitation regulations. The board awarded the company $82,500 in direct financial assistance as well as tax benefits through the HQJP to create 23 new jobs, of which 11 are incented at a qualifying wage of $19.54 per hour.

The proposed project in Urbana includes an addition to Frontier Co-op’s existing production facility and warehouse. The expansion will also include an additional bottling line for essential oils. The project will require a capital investment of $4.4 million. The board approved tax benefits through the HQJP for the creation of six jobs, with one incented at a qualifying wage of $17.01 per hour.

Founded in 1976, Frontier Co-op is based in Norway. The company is a member-owned co-op dedicated to supporting and advocating values of the cooperative community.

Photo courtesy of Photo Co-op

Source: Iowa Economic Development Authority

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