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A diverse and fast growing sector in Iowa and Wisconsin
Iowa and Wisconsin offer a diverse and fast growing bioscience sector that is outpacing the nation in scientific innovations that are reshaping all aspects of biotech development. With focused strategies in place to spur industry growth and job creation – companies throughout Alliant Energy’s service area are capitalizing on the agriculture and research capabilities in plant, animal and human biosciences being conducted by Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
- Verbio North America Corp. New Location – Nevada, IA
- Catalent Pharma Solutions Expansion – Madison, WI
”The Nevada site’s infrastructure is a real attribute and allows us to accelerate our start-up processes. Most critically, Iowa offers us access to feedstock, corn stover, at the kinds of scale we require to meet our business objectives.Greg NorthrupPresident of VERBIO North America
Food processing and ingredients
Find a well-educated workforce of food scientists in Iowa and Wisconsin
Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition offers food and nutrition expertise. Research addresses current issues relevant to the industry. Over 4,000 manufacturers employ more than 215,000 Iowans, with 22.9% in food processing.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers degrees in food science to ensure a steady stream of food specialists entering Wisconsin’s workforce.
Iowa is the top producer of corn, hogs and eggs in the United States while ranking # 2 in soybeans and the production of red meat.
Wisconsin ranks #1 in the production of cranberries and snap peas, #2 dairy producer and #3 producer of potatoes in the United States.
- Burke Corp. (Hormel) expansion – Nevada, IA
- Barilla expansion – Ames, IA
- Conagra Brands’ Birds Eye facility expansion – Beaver Dam, WI
24 of the top 100 food processors in the nation are powered by Alliant Energy.
”We were drawn to the unparalleled work ethic of Iowans, the agricultural know-how of Iowa State University and the proximity to favorable rail access as well as the critical regional supply of wheat. Barilla began U.S. production in Iowa in 1998, and we haven't looked back. Our continued investments in this facility reflect our deep commitment to the Ames community.Claudio ColzaniCEO of Barilla Group
Building on major distribution routes and near population centers
Reach all major population centers of the upper Midwest within a day’s drive, covering more than 22% (72 million) of the U.S. population.
Situated at the epicenter of eight large regional/national groceries retailer’s perishable distribution centers.
- Bushel Boy – Mason City, IA
”“Mason City has courted our company aggressively and city officials have been easy to work with. On top of that, I’d single out the availability of utilities offered in the Mason City proposal."Steve IrlandPresident of Bushel Boy
Original equipment manufacturing
Technological advancements made by Wisconsin and Iowa manufacturers have continued to lead industry trends, in both productivity and sustainability.
Industrial metal processing, automation precision machinery, environment control systems, digital and electronic devices are highly specialized.
Companies throughout Alliant Energy’s service area play a major role in the global marketplace—this critical mass of expertise makes our location well worth investigating for companies seeking a competitive advantage. Gain access to a comprehensive supply chain reducing your costs and improving delivery schedules.
- East Penn Corp. Expansions – Corydon, IA and Oelwein, IA
- The Toro Company Expansion – Tomah, WI
”For this building to be here in this short timeline is a lot of trust and a lot of people working together. We recognized this area was something special when we moved here about a decade ago. We’re so happy to be here.Bob FlickerChief Operating Officer of East Penn
Today’s consumers are looking for three main qualities in their packaged products, especially when it comes to food product packaging: convenience, ease of use, and ease of transport. The choice of a manufacturing location is a complex decision, where economic drivers are constantly changing and strategy needs to be reviewed regularly.
Iowa and Wisconsin have all forms of packaging covered from paper and board packaging to plastic bottles, shrink wrap, pouches, trays and cans.
- American Packaging New Location – DeForest, WI
- Schoeneck Containers Expansion – Delavan, WI
”We continue to see a promising future for rotogravure printing dedicated to flexible packaging, and chose DeForest as home to our first satellite facility based on location, talented labor pool and the historical success we’ve enjoyed in Wisconsin.Peter SchottlandCEO of American Packaging
Plastics and polymers
The plastic products manufacturing industry is a major component of the economy in Iowa and Wisconsin
Offering services to a range of industries, including packaging, building and construction, electronics, aerospace, and transportation. Our companies utilize the full range of processing methods including injection molding, extrusion molding, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming.
- TPI Composites Inc. Expansion – Newton, IA
”Knoxville was one of the sites that we recognized as having the most capable workforce, the technical capabilities, the production capabilities – we’ve really got the right workforce.Bob MannemanPlant Manager at 3M Corp