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One of the largest industrial properties in Wisconsin becomes certified

Beaver Dam Commerce Park is located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on the city’s far north side, with four-lane U.S. Highway 151 nearby. The property totals 520-contiguous acres, is zoned industrial, located within a TIF district and has been certified “suitable for development” by Deloitte Consulting and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Nestled among three nearby metropolitan areas (Madison – 45 minutes, Milwaukee – 75 minutes and Green Bay – 90 minutes), Beaver Dam has access to an available labor pool of roughly 225,000 people within a 45 minute drive time. Users can reach over 50% of the U.S. population within one day’s truck delivery and 75% within two days. One day hauls include such destinations as Chicago, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit and Des Moines.

Beaver Dam includes a healthy mix of food processing, metal fabrication and coatings, and printing. A favorable business climate and a quality workforce with over 35% of occupations in the manufacturing sector are factors driving industry growth in the community.

Alliant Energy named a “Top Utility in Economic Development”

Alliant Energy has been recognized as a “Top Utility in Economic Development” by Site Selection magazine. The magazine bases the ranking on corporate project investment, job creation figures and utility service area populations. In 2018, Alliant Energy had 49 new industrial, warehouse and large office projects, $1.438 billion in new capital investment and 3,667 new jobs across our Iowa and Wisconsin service area.

Over the last three years, we have invested in several certified industrial sites such as Big Cedar Industrial Center, Prairie View Industrial Center and Beaver Dam Commerce Park. This recognition showcases our progress in those efforts as we fuel growth for our customers and communities.

“As a company, we are all extremely proud of this prestigious award. Our economic development, account management, engineering and marketing teams have played a critical role in Alliant Energy being placed among this elite group of utilities,” said John Larsen, Chairman, President and CEO at Alliant Energy.

Alliant Energy is focused on growing both existing and new customers. Energy is a big factor in the selection of a site or the expansion of an existing customer and the energy solutions we provide have positively impacted these high-dollar expansion and construction decisions.

Minnesota-based company expands to Mason City, Iowa

Minnesotas Bushel BoyBushel Boy Farms has broken ground on a nearly 17-acre greenhouse with a 50,000 square foot packing house along I-35 in Mason City, Iowa. The company has acquired 50 acres for the initial $35 million project that is expected to be operational by fall of 2020. The 50 new employees will grow beefsteak, vine-on and grape tomatoes that will be shipped to customers across the Upper Midwest, including the Hy-Vee perishable distribution center in Iowa.

Bushel Boy tomatoes are grown from seeds with each plant producing fresh tomatoes for about 27 weeks in a row. The fruit is grown in special greenhouses, pollinated by bees, then ripened and shipped on the vine to stores within about 24 hours of being picked. Bushel Boy’s tomatoes possess a similar fresh garden flavor and red, ripe color to homegrown tomatoes but are available on local shelves year-round.

Iowa and Wisconsin continue to post high marks in 2019 Manufacturing Scorecard

Iowa and Wisconsin maintained stellar grades in manufacturing, logistics industry health, expected financial gap and human capital, according to Ball State University’s latest Manufacturing Scorecard report. Iowa earned an overall A grade while Wisconsin received and overall mark of B.

The 2019 Manufacturing Scorecard from Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research analyzes how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underpin the success of manufacturing and logistics.

Manufacturing Industry Health – Iowa (A) Wisconsin (B)

  • The location of manufacturing depends more on local factors such as the quality and availability of the labor force, transportation infrastructure, nonwage labor costs, access to innovative technologies, and the cost of doing business.

Logistics Industry Health – Iowa (B) Wisconsin (B)

  • The movement of goods is of central importance to the production of goods. Without a robust logistics industry, manufacturing and commodity production will not occur.

Human Capital – Iowa (A) Wisconsin (B)

  • No factor matters more to businesses than the quality and availability of labor. Workers represent the largest single cost of doing business.

Alliant Energy’s Growth Sites take the spotlight at biotechnology conference

Alliant Energy recently partnered with the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a sponsorship at the 2019 BIO World Congress in Des Moines, Iowa. The event attracted 572 companies from 35 countries within the biotechnology industry. Alliant Energy’s Economic Development team represented our Growth Sites including the Big Cedar Industrial Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Prairie View Industrial Center in Ames, Iowa to prospective companies.

Our team also co-hosted a reception with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority with 150 conference attendees. John Larsen, Chairman, President and CEO, spoke about Alliant Energy’s connection to the industry and the many benefits of establishing a production facility in our service area.

“Alliant Energy is honored to power some of the world’s largest bio-tech companies with our electricity and natural gas. Our 2,100 Iowa employees are proud to support the growth of biotechnology in the state,” John Larsen told attendees.

Companies throughout Alliant Energy’s service area are capitalizing on the agriculture and research capabilities in plant, animal and human biosciences that Wisconsin and Iowa provide. Alliant Energy is an energy solution partner to globally recognized companies including Cargill, ADM, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Roquette, Ajinomoto USA Inc., Ingredion Inc., Verbio, Catalent Biologicals and Wacker Chemie.

BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions and state biotechnology centers. The organization focuses on making advancements every day to deliver more nutritious food, cleaner-burning biofuels, healthier animals, cleaner water and a better standard of living for families across the state.

Top companies locate at Alliant Energy’s Prairie View Industrial Center in Ames, Iowa

Ames, Iowa is garnering more than its share of national recognition by quickly becoming a premiere location for food processing and biofuels. VERBIO, Lincolnway Energy and Barilla are all anchor tenants of Alliant Energy’s 730-acre Prairie View Industrial Center.

VERBIO, a leading manufacturer in the German biofuels market recently brought their technology to the area to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) made from corn stover and other cellulosic crop residues. Lincolnway Energy, a name plate 50 million-gallon-per year dry mill ethanol plant, assures a strong future for clean, renewable and domestically produced fuels. Pasta maker Barilla was attracted to the community by the unparalleled work ethic of Iowans and the agricultural expertise of Iowa State University.

These companies were drawn to Story County with its central location and healthy, growing economy. Ames is at the epicenter of these high growth industries with immediate access to Interstate 35, a major cross-country, north-south route connecting Mexico and Canada.

Land is still available at Prairie View Industrial Center for your next big project. The site has double-rail access and has been certified shovel ready to expedite the construction process and mitigate all development risks. When you locate at Prairie View Industrial Center, you partner with a sustainable energy provider. Alliant Energy is transforming its energy fleet to sustainable fuel sources with significant investments in wind energy.

Duluth Trading Company opening new distribution center in Dubuque, Iowa

Duluth Trading Company, which is based in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, will be opening a 102,000 square foot distribution center in Dubuque, Iowa. The facility will employ 12 full-time staff, as well as 200 or more seasonal part-time employees during the company’s peak sales season which runs from August through February. The new operation will give more capacity to the company’s e-commerce distribution along with providing distribution to the company’s 46 brick-and-mortar locations.

Duluth Trading Company is a 30-year-old lifestyle brand of men’s and women’s casual wear, workwear and accessories. Today, Duluth Trading Company stores are as far west as Colorado and as far east as Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The retailer has been in a high growth mode opening 16 new retail stores this fiscal year.

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.

Alliant Energy partners with CIRAS to open new digital manufacturing lab

Alliant Energy announced a new partnership with Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). This will make it easier for Iowa manufacturers to implement new digital technologies and become more productive. The new ISU Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy will educate Iowa business about technologies such as collaborative robots and advanced vision systems and help them explore ways that automation might improve their companies.

In the drive to boost Iowa’s manufacturing economy, the lab will serve a valuable need by creating a flexible space where Iowa manufacturers will be able to experience, test and deploy emerging manufacturing technologies in ways that could help solve their workforce difficulties by getting more done with the same number of workers.

“The next new idea or machine could hold the key to success that a growing company needs,” said Joel Schmidt, Vice President of Business Development for Alliant Energy. “This lab provides the perfect opportunity to refine a new approach before it is introduced into the workplace.”

CIRAS is an outreach arm of Iowa State’s College of Engineering and the university’s Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. CIRAS’ vast network of on–and off–campus experts provide research-proven service to Iowa businesses. Over the past five years projects with clients have generated an economic impact of more than $2.6 billion.

“Affordability and success go hand-in-hand,” Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, said. “When our industrial and commercial customers are more successful, it gives us greater flexibility to control costs for all of our customers.”

Boone Industrial Park in Boone, Iowa becomes newest Alliant Energy Growth Site

The Boone Industrial Park – Phase II is the latest industrial park to achieve certification through the Iowa Certified Site Program. The 150 acre site is located one mile north of four-lane U.S. Highway 30 and just a short drive to two of the country’s critical interstates, I-35 running north and south, and I-80 connecting the east and west coasts. The property also boasts transcontinental rail service provided by the Union Pacific Railroad.

Boone is home to a Des Moines Area Community College campus and is 15 minutes from the Iowa State University. A current workforce of more than 400,000 in the laborshed area combined with a pipeline of college graduates makes locating in Boone a game-changer for any company.

The Boone Industrial Park – Phase II is the second Alliant Energy Growth Site to be certified within the last 2 months, coming on the heels of the certification of the Helgerson Flats Industrial Center in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Alliant Energy Growth Sites are industrial sites with a minimum of 80 acres, are served by Alliant Energy electric and/or natural gas, and are certified development-ready by a qualified third party. If you are interested in the Boone Industrial Park – Phase II or any of our other sites, contact Mark Seckman, Senior Business Attraction Manager at (319) 786-4392 or markseckman@alliantenergy.com.