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Progress Business and Industry 2019

MidAmerican Energy: New home in Fort Dodge

MidAmerican Energy Co. became the first addition to Decker Development Park on the east side of Fort Dodge in 2019. It also became the first new facility built under the MidAmerican Energy name. The modern and spacious building became home to the company’s customer office and service ...

Tight labor market presents challenges as industry continues to grow locally

The labor marketplace is very tight nationally, in the Hawkeye State and locally. Most people in the United States who want jobs either have them or can find employment quickly. The national unemployment rate in December 2018 was 3.9 percent. That’s down from 4.1 percent in December 2017 ...

Prestage making hiring push as opening nears

EAGLE GROVE — The hiring push is underway for Prestage Foods of Iowa’s new state-of-the art pork plant, south of Eagle Grove. “We are actively hiring employees right now,” Jere Null, the company’s chief operating officer, said. “We will be interviewing this week, next week, and ...

CJ Bio continues growth west of Fort Dodge

CJ Bio America is steadily expanding its operations in the Iowa Crossroads of Global Innovation industrial park west of Fort Dodge. In 2013, the company opened its main lysine production plant in Webster County, 1946 Harvest Ave. At a cost of about $323 million, it became CJ Bio’s ...

Fort Dodge plant is vital to Purina operations

Nestle Purina PetCare Co., a worldwide pet food company, continues to invest in its Fort Dodge facility, located along Fifth Avenue South — the city’s Corridor of Commerce. The company is constructing a 10,000-square-foot water treatment facility, which will increase the energy ...

Four-lane US 20 is a reality

For Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, the completion of U.S. Highway 20 as a four-lane route all across northern Iowa after about 60 years of work could be summarized with a single word. “I think I can sum up today in one word — finally,” Gregg told about 400 people packed into a hotel ballroom ...

Housing: Meeting the demand

For years, Fort Dodge business owners and managers noticed that many of their employees were settling down outside the city limits, claiming that they couldn’t find a place to live in town. Developers were hard at work during 2018 to reverse that trend. Construction of two major new ...

Infrastructure: construction demolition

Anyone driving over the Kenyon Road Bridge recently who glanced to the south may have seen a surprising sight: an excavator apparently sitting in the Des Moines River. The machine was there to help demolish the so-called little dam in what is likely to be one of the most visible Fort Dodge ...

Housing: Meeting the demand in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY — In Eagle Grove, old housing is coming down and new housing is going up, according to Bryce Davis, Eagle Grove city administrator. In particular, seven new houses have been built in the Morningside Drive addition on the east side of the city, Davis said. He said 24 ...

Peoples Credit Union: Significant growth

Construction on a new building for Peoples Credit Union is well underway, with an anticipated completion date of during the spring or early summer. Construction crews began moving dirt on May 21, 2018 on the new 3,600-square-foot building. Jordan Hensley, chief executive officer and ...

TOP 10 BUILDING PROJECTS

Here’s a summary of the 10 largest building projects, based on the value of the investment, that were started during 2018 in Fort Dodge. The information was provided by the city’s Department of Engineering, Business Affairs and Community Growth.

Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance: Pipeline of opportunity

The staff and board of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance often talk about the pipeline, but they’re not speaking of a tube with water, oil or some other fluid running through it. The pipeline is what they call the listing of all the economic development prospects the alliance is ...

Catalyst Award to be presented at Growth Alliance Annual Dinner

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is now accepting nominations for the annual Catalyst Award, which will be presented at the Growth Alliance’s annual dinner next month. The award, which will be presented Feb. 28, honors a business leader who has contributed to the growth of the Fort ...

In Fort Dodge: Business changes

Some new restaurants and an old favorite moving to a new location were among the business developments in Fort Dodge during 2018. It was also a year in which Sherwin-Williams opened a new store on Fifth Avenue South and The Truck Doctors opened up to take care of big rig ...

Warden Plaza: Inching forward

Efforts are continuing, largely out of the public eye, to advance plans to renovate the vacant Warden Plaza and build a new cultural and recreation center nearby. The project would create apartments and retail space in the Warden Plaza, 908 First Ave. S., and create a new facility where ...