Progress Business and Industry 2018

Bigger and better

The construction site of the new MidAmerican Energy Fort Dodge Service Center at 4000 First Ave. N. is a beehive of activity. One crew, clad in hard hats, reflective vests and harnesses for working at heights, are building concrete forms for what will later become a stairwell. Another ...

CJ Bio America expands

As CJ Bio America enters its fifth year in Webster County, the company is preparing for a $51 million expansion project to begin producing a new product. CJ Bio America will begin producing L-Threonine, which is an amino acid used as an additive in livestock feed, the company announced in ...

The Warden Plaza: Planning for the future

The Warden Plaza and the property around it look much the same as they have for the last decade. But in government and business offices, work is being done out of the public eye that would turn the area into a new showpiece for downtown Fort Dodge. The plans in the works would create 120 ...

Lots of features planned for wellness, performing arts center

The planned new wellness and performing arts center will be a 120,000-square-foot facility just east of the Warden Plaza on First Avenue South. The wellness portion of the center will include these features: • Two swimming pools • Two full-length basketball courts • A 1/10 mile ...

Elanco vaccine production firm bought Boehringer plant

Veterinary medicine maker Elanco U.S. Inc. arrived in Fort Dodge in early 2017 and by the end of the year had moved even more production work to its facility on the city’s northwest side. The company, which is part of Eli Lilly and Co., bought the plant at 800 Fifth St. N.W. from ...

Prestage Foods of Iowa: $300 million project

EAGLE GROVE — More than 50 full-load refrigerated trucks will be traveling to and from the massive $300 million Prestage Foods of Iowa pork plant, 4 miles south of Eagle Grove, each day when it becomes operational less than a year from now, according to Jere Null, Prestage’s chief ...

Fort Dodge businesses: Positive changes

The boom that is reshaping economic world in Webster County saw many positive changes at Fort Dodge businesses and commercial enterprises. Here are some of the year’s highlights. Shimkat Motor Co. adds commercial trucks For the first time in its 70-year history, Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 ...

Commercial building top projects

Here is a summary of the biggest commercial building projects that were started in Fort Dodge during 2017, based on the value of the investment. The information was provided by the city’s Engineering, Business Affairs and Community Growth Department.

Area towns push for housing construction

By BILL SHEA bshea@messengernews.net Fort Dodge isn’t the only area community seeking to develop more housing. Here’s a summary of other projects in the region. Badger In September 2017, local leaders broke ground on a 24 1/2-acre site on the city’s southeast side that will ...

Labor: Workers are needed

The economic boom that Fort Dodge and Webster County have experienced in recent years can continue if the workforce necessary to sustain it can be developed. Dennis Plautz, who is chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, said that observation is his cautionary ...

Infrastructure: Big street, water projects coming up in 2018

A major storm sewer project that reduced traffic flow at the busy intersection of Fifth Avenue South and 29th Street will continue this year. Additionally, the Corridor of Commerce project that transformed the look of Fifth Avenue South will be extended to include the stretch between 31st ...