Projects & Initiatives
The Cedar Valley Region is pleased to recognize the success of our business communities.
Geater Machining and Manufacturing Expands in Independence
Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Co. broke
ground last fall on a 30,000-foot expansion of their building in Independence, Iowa. The expansion will better serve both customers and employees, continuing a tradition of investment in the community. Currently, Geater has 365 employees, and once the expansion is completed a total of at least 50
new jobs will be added at the Independence facility.
CMI Roadbuilding, Inc. has purchased Terex Corp's former Waverly, IA crane manufacturing facility.
CMI Roadbuilding, Inc. has purchased Terex Corp's former Waverly, IA crane manufacturing facility. CMI's product portfolio offers an extensive range of branded products many of which have been recently redesigned and updated. The product range includes asphalt and concrete plants, milling machines, concrete paving and specialty compaction equipment.
Family Business Earns Accolades for Spurring Local Economic Growth
Milkhouse Candle Creamery, a leader in the soy candle industry, is the latest winner of Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award. A new focus and timely business mentoring helped turn the Sparrow's candle making hobby into a booming business, with national clients and a growing employment base.
Menards Cross-Dock Distribution Center
Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based national home-improvement retailer Menards recently completed construction of a new cross-dock distribution center adjacent to the company’s Midwest manufacturing plant near Shell Rock, Iowa, in Butler County. According to Jeff Kolb, executive director for Butler-Grundy Development Alliance, the $4.2 million project is expected to create nearly 40 new jobs for the area. Butler County officials approved a five-year 50 percent property tax rebate as part of the incentive package for the project.
Winnebago Industries has opened a sub-assembly plant in Waverly
Winnebago Industries has opened a sub-assembly plant in Waverly. The facility is located in Waverly's SW Business Park at 1919 8th St. SW and manufactures wire loom assemblies for the company's motorhomes. The Waverly production facility employs 70 full time workers with a capital investment of $1.5 to $2 million.
$50M expansion of the ConAgra Foods plant located in the Waterloo MidPort Industrial Park
ConAgra Foods makes consumer snacks marketed under the Snack Pack and Swiss Miss brand names at its Waterloo facility. The expansion included new construction of processing, packaging, warehouse and administrative areas to accommodate the new product, DAVID snack seeds. The plant increased production by 30 percent, adding approximately 99,000 sf to the existing facility.
United Equipment Accessories has announced plans for a 20,000 sf expansion of their facility in Waverly
United Equipment Accessories, a leader in the custom design and manufacture of custom components for motion applications, has constructed a 20,000 sf expansion of their facility in Waverly. This expansion, valued at $1.6 million, increased production capacity for development of a new hydraulic swivel product line. United Equipment employs 100 in Waverly.
Zuidberg North America, Inc comes to Cedar Falls
Zuidberg's 10,000 sf facility is located in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park on Capital Way. Zuidberg NA, Inc. distributes two product lines, Frontline Systems, and Transmissions which are manufactured by the parent company Zuidberg Frontline Systems B.V. located in the Netherlands.