Category Archives: Iowa

UFG plans office tower next door to American Building.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — United Fire Group plans to renovate the interior of the American Building downtown and to build a 10-story, 50,000-square-foot office building adjacent to it. UFG purchased the similarly-sized American Building in January 2014. The ...

Ventech brings 200 new jobs to Urbandale.

URBANDALE, Iowa–Ventech Solutions, Inc. plans to open an office in Urbandale and create at least 200 jobs. The office will supply help desk support for users of Ventech software systems and house an application development team. Based in Columbus, O ...

ConAgra upgrades Cedar Rapids facility.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — ConAgra Foods will invest $10 million to upgrade packaging equipment at the Cedar Rapids plant, where the company produces private brand cereal products. The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded ConAgra tax benefits under th ...

Pella retools for new production, new jobs.

PELLA, Iowa—Pella Corporation is planning a project to retool its manufacturing facility in Pella in order to produce products in the company’s Insynctive brand product line. Pella Corporation is a family-owned company that manufactures windows and do ...

Iowa jobless rate pegged at 3.8 percent.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa’s unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in April, its lowest level in seven years. According to data from Iowa Workforce Development, the state’s jobless rate was 4 percent in March and 4.4 percent in April 2014. That’s the ...

Sioux City wins Seaboard Triumph pork plant.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Seaboard Triumph Foods, a joint venture of Seaboard Farms and Triumph Foods, will build a $264 million pork processing plant in Sioux City that will employ more than 1,000 workers. The company has agreed to purchase a 250-acre site i ...

Beck’s Hybrids plants seed facility in Colfax.

COLFAX, Iowa – Beck’s Hybrids plans to build a sales office and distribution center in Colfax. The company plans to invest $14.3 million in a facility that will create up to 50 jobs. The Iowa Economic Development Authority has approved $200,000 in for ...

Argenta will buy vet medicine plant in Fort Dodge.

FORT DODGE, Iowa – Argenta Limited has formed the subsidiary AML Riverside with plans to buy the Boehringer Ingleheim Riverside production facility in Fort Dodge. That facility was expected to close at the end of the year. The company expects to employ ...

IEDA grants support for BirdDogHR office in Urbandale.

URBANDALE, Iowa – BirdDogHR will receive $215,000 in direct assistance as well as tax benefits from the state to open a headquarters in Urbandale, according to a recent news release from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Just Good News reported ...

ConAgra will expand Waterloo snack production facility.

WATERLOO, Iowa – ConAgra Foods plans to invest $55 million to expand its Waterloo manufacturing facility, adding a production line for David sunflower seed snacks. The project is expected to create 55 jobs in Waterloo. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, ConAgra ...

Iowa small businesses added 81K jobs, says UNI study.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The 2015 Iowa Small Business Report reveals that 30 percent of small businesses in Iowa added jobs in 2014. The annual report, released by the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation, measures sa ...

BirdDogHR sniffs out funding for Urbandale HQ.

URBANDALE, Iowa – BirdDogHR plans to open a headquarters office in Urbandale and hire 71 new staff. A technology and job recruitment company, BirdDogHR currently has about 45 employees. In support of the company’s expansion plan, the Urbandale City C ...

18 brownfield/grayfield projects to remedy urban blight.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) recently approved redevelopment tax credits for 18 brownfield and grayfield projects. The Redevelopment Tax Credit Program provides financial assistance for the acquisition, remediation ...

Curly’s Foods will expand in Sioux City, add 30 jobs.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Curly’s Foods is planning to invest $9 million to add new production capability and expand its Sioux City facility with an additional 21,000 square feet of space. The company will add at least 30 workers to accommodate increasi ...