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United Alloy headquarters in Janesville, Wisc. gears up to support Texas expansion

United Alloy, Inc., based in Janesville, Wisc., is expanding into Seguin, Texas with a new $35 million facility. The 200,000 square-foot facility will sit on a 27-acre site and employ 100 people.

The headquarters plant in Janesville is currently installing the first of three robotic material handling systems that will provide additional capacity to supply the new facility in Texas. The equipment in Janesville will be operational once training of 30 additional team members is complete.

United Alloy made the decision to continue growing the Janesville plant, the hub of the US operations, due to their ability to draw highly skilled employees within the market. Blackhawk Technical College has partnered with United Alloy Academy training welders and fabricators the last five years. United Alloy has grown to over 400 employees in Janesville and is the largest welding, robotic welding and powder coating workforce in the Midwest.

The 20-year-old United Alloy location in Janesville has expanded three times in the last seven years. “United Alloy is growing because of our track record of attracting Wisconsin employees capable of building a world class organization,” said Tom Baer, United Alloy Chairman.

United Alloy, Inc. is a serial production metal fabrication and powder coating company that produces leak-proof metal fuel tanks, reservoirs, skids, frames, chassis, trailers, heavy metal fabrications and complex weldments.

Food manufacturers flourish across Iowa and Wisconsin

Alliant Energy continues to draw the attention of global leaders in the food production industry, serving 21 of the 100 largest food manufacturers in the nation across our Iowa and Wisconsin service area.  Our company prides itself in being an energy solutions partner that helps food production customers mitigate the risks of keeping pace with the rapidly changing consumer demands within the industry.

If your food-processing clients are looking to expand or relocate into the Midwest market, you will find that Alliant Energy understands the specific needs of the industry. In addition, our locale provides a motivated and well-educated workforce. The area offers a steady stream of food specialists through Iowa State University’s Food Science Program and the University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate and master’s degrees in food science.

We’re currently working with three of our food-processing customers to launch expansion projects. Collectively, these projects will create 482 new jobs and inject over $90 million in new capital investment.

Conagra expands Ft. Madison, Iowa plant

Conagra Brands’ plant in Fort Madison, Iowa makes Vienna Sausage, Nalley Chili and Brooks Beans. The expansion involves a significant investment of machinery and equipment to produce canned beans. Fort Madison was selected because it has the best production capabilities and is geographically situated closer to the source of ingredients.

Conagra Brands is one of North America’s leading branded foods companies. Conagra Brands’ portfolio includes Birds Eye, Healthy Choice, Banquet, Marie Callender’s, Slim Jim, Chef Boyardee and Gardein.

Lopez Foods adds facility in Cherokee, Iowa for meat line

Lopez Foods recently purchased and will remodel a 285,000 square-foot facility in Cherokee, Iowa. Lopez Foods will produce Canadian-style bacon logs, fresh and frozen beef patties and other new product lines to be sold to an international restaurant chain.

Lopez Foods is recognized among the top meat companies in the United States and is an industry leader in supplying a variety of protein products to the largest restaurant chains and retailers in the world.

BioSpringer expands yeast extract facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

BioSpringer North America is expanding its production facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where it produces yeast extract. Like herbs and spices, yeast extract is used by food companies and restaurants as an aromatic ingredient to design more flavorful food and beverage recipes, such as soups, sauces, seasonings and snacks but also in ready-made meals, meats and more.

BioSpringer’s operation in Cedar Rapids is part of a complex where parent company LeSaffre produces Red Star yeast products and sister company Saf-Pro manufactures specialty blends and concentrates to serve a growing demand in the artisanal baked goods category.

Online retail giant Amazon is coming to Beloit, Wisconsin

Online retailer Amazon began moving dirt on an expansive 1 million-square-foot distribution center on an 80-acre site in Beloit’s Gateway Business Park, near the interchange of I-43 and I-90-39. The estimated $130 million project is projected to create 1,000 new jobs. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2020.

Amazon marks the largest project in the 18-year history of the Gateway Business Park. Current businesses include Chicago Fittings, Kettle Foods, Kerry Ingredients, The Morse Group, NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, Specialty Tools, Staples Order Fulfillment Center and Pratt Industries.

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.