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.
Geater is a well-known supplier in the electronics, technology and aerospace industries. Increased production demand prompted the $7.8 million expansion. In addition to jobs and square footage, Geater is investing in technology and research and development to maintain their status as a supplier of choice.
Geater’s ability to deliver high-quality goods was recognized when Rockwell Collins named Geater their world-wide, top supplier. “Geater Machining has been a long-term, trusted supplier to Rockwell Collins and this award is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of its employees,” said Wayne Flory, vice president of Material & Supply, for Rockwell Collins.
“The company’s name has said machining and manufacturing since 1962, but it’s impossible to sustain the healthy pace of growth Geater has without investing in people, cutting-edge technology and systems along the way,” said Joe Meier, vice president of operations.
Geater Machining and Manufacturing received broad support for their expansion. The company secured tax credits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board last summer through the State’s High Quality Jobs Program. The City of Independence provided additional assistance for the project through Tax Incremental Financing (TIF).
“It is always a positive thing for any company to expand and add employees,” said Independence Mayor Bonita Davis. “Geater is considered a great place to work and Independence is lucky to have them in our community.”
The latest Geater investment follows an earlier expansion of 6,000 square feet of office space for their facility, housing leadership, quality personnel and design engineering. That project was designed to improve efficiency and collaboration in the pre-engineering phase, before work begins on the production floor. The new project focuses on the production side of the company.