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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.

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.

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.”