Grundy County Industrial Park Offers Easy Midwest Access on 4-lane U.S. Highway 20

posted on 5/25/2021 in Buildings & Sites

Grundy County Industrial Park

The Grundy County Industrial Park is perfectly situated for regional distribution and warehousing facilities. This rural setting with ramp access to adjacent four-lane U.S. Highway 20 provides extremely easy time-critical truck movement without the congestion that can slow the movement of cargo in an urban environment. With the park developed and controlled by a public-private partnership, the land costs are affordable, while permitting is streamlined to allow projects to move forward fast and with little red tape.

Features of the Site
The rural setting provides easy truck access. The park is just a few minutes west of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls metro area, so businesses choosing to locate there can still reap the benefits of the population center. A skilled workforce and all of the business support services found in the larger cities are right nearby.

Other features of the Grundy County Industrial Park include:

  • Shovel-ready industrial sites from one to 20 acres on flat topography
  • Fiber optic broadband internet service with a local provider
  • Potential labor force of 394,994 people in seven surrounding counties
  • Three-Phase 277v/480v electrical
  • Six-inch main sewer line
  • Eight-inch main water line with 30 psi minimum

Developed in 2001, the Grundy County Industrial Park sits on Highway 20, a vital four-lane expressway that spans Iowa. It was built to take advantage of the highway’s expansion from two to four lanes into a major transportation route. Iowa Highway 14, a major two-lane north/south highway, is adjacent to the park as well.

History of the Site
The park was developed through a partnership of Grundy County Rural Electric Cooperative, Corn Belt Power Cooperative and the Grundy County Board of Supervisors. Central Iowa Rural Water and Grundy County came on to provide water service and streets to serve the lots. At the time, a nearby truck stop was in development. Tax increment financing allowed for sewer service for the truck stop to be extended to the industrial park.

With the infrastructure in place and eager to attract businesses, the partnership constructed a 20,000 square-foot industrial building. A couple years later, the Grundy County Industrial Park had its first tenant: Hawkeye Community College. Located just 40 minutes east of nearby Waterloo, Hawkeye Community College opened a satellite facility in the industrial park. Named the Western Outreach Center, the extension serves as a local training facility for area employers and nearby high schools.


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