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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.

Birds Eye Foods’ announces expansion in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Conagra Brands owned Birds Eye announced that they will be investing $78 million to modernize and expand the current 350,000 square foot cold storage and vegetable packaging operation in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The project will add 140 new full-time jobs bringing total employment at the facility to 360 over the next five years.

Birds Eye processes frozen vegetables at facilities across the country, choosing to increase production capabilities at their Beaver Dam is a testament to the farmers across the upper Midwest. Birds Eye buys carrots, green beans, corn and peas from farmers in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota to supply their plant in Beaver Dam.

The company expects to complete the project in 2022.

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.