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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.

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.