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Erin Dammen

Kraft Heinz to launch new Ready-to-Eat dessert line in Mason City, Iowa

The Kraft Heinz facility in Mason City, Iowa will be growing and adding jobs as the company retools the facility to produce a new slate of ready-to-eat dessert products. The $62.8 million development includes new processing and packaging equipment, and the implementation of a new, ammonia-free refrigeration system. The project will create 32 jobs, bringing total employment at the plant to 171.

The Kraft Heinz Company is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. They have employees in 40 countries and sell products in nearly 200 countries. In addition to the Mason City operations, Alliant Energy also provides power to Kraft Heinz facilities in Cedar Rapids and Muscatine, Iowa and Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

New Jersey based Catalent adding 100 jobs in Madison, Wisconsin

Global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) leader, Catalent Biologicals, is planning a $100 million expansion at their Madison, Wisconsin facility. The company develops and manufactures pharmaceutical products made from biological sources. Growth in Madison will accommodate increased capacity of mammalian cell culture products.

The 80,000 square foot addition in Madison will house 145 new employees. When the project is completed in mid-2021, total employment at the Madison operation will reach nearly 450. Company-wide, Catalent has more than 11,000 employees at over 30 facilities across five continents, and had $2.5 billion in revenue in fiscal 2018.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa gains Iowa Fluid Power expansion

Iowa Fluid Power (IFP) announced plans for a $5.7 million development in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A 45,000 square foot expansion will create over 30% additional manufacturing and distribution space to the company’s current facility. The project will create 12 new jobs in engineering, sales engineering and other technically skilled positions.

IFP is a headquartered in Cedar Rapids with sales offices and warehouses in Minneapolis, Kansas City and Houston. The company’s motion control systems can be found on a wide variety of equipment, including agricultural vehicles, industrial systems for heavy industry, oil and gas extraction, medical, construction and even military systems.

The project is scheduled to be completed in August.