Business Retention & Expansion

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The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance serves as the primary contact for businesses interested in expanding or relocating to the Cedar Rapids Metro area. We provide details to assist in your relocation decision or expansion needs, such as site location assistance, state and local financial incentive assistance, workforce development, demographics and trade figures as well as a variety of specialized activities designed to respond to each project.

Economic Alliance Business Attraction Work Plan 2022Read about capital investment in the Cedar Rapids area by downloading the Building to a Billion and Beyond capital investment report.

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Economic Development Contacts

Ron Corbett, Business Retention & Expansion Strategist at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance   Mike Lukan, Local Business Project Specialist at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance   Jamie Toledo Economic Development Relationship Manager    
Ron Corbett
Vice President
Economic Development
  Mike Lukan
Economic Development
Project Manager
  Jamie Toledo
Economic Development
Relationship Manager
  Lucy Schneekloth
Research and Analytics

Recent Business Retention & Expansion Wins

Timberline Manufacturing, a Marion based contract manufacturer of electrical sub-assemblies, was awarded state tax incentives today that will support the construction of a new manufacturing facility. The proposed project includes the construction of an 85,000 square foot facility located at 1029 Blairs Ferry Road. The investment would double the company’s production space and capacity. The property is located adjacent to the company’s current headquarters on Lyons Lane in Marion. Total capital investment is anticipated to be $12.8 million.

World Class Industries, Inc., a global supply chain integration specialist, announced a proposal for an $8M business expansion development in Hiawatha, IA. The first phase of the proposed expansion project is the development of a new 50,000 sq. ft. office, manufacturing and warehouse space to support new project incubation and project launches. The proposed expansion project will create 28 new jobs.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op will expand their main campus in Norway. Frontier plans to build a new 10,000-square foot building for flammable storage and an Innovation Center for new cosmetic and food development. To maintain consistency with its sustainability initiatives, the business will install solar arrays to power operations. The project has a capital investment of $3.1M. The Iowa Economic Development Authority board awarded tax incentives via the High Quality Jobs program.

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Marion Process Solution will expand and create a state-of-the-art test facility and be home to Marion Performance Group, its newly formed parts and services team. The company specializes in the design and manufacturing of custom horizontal mixers for the food, chemical, mineral, plastics and biomass markets. The new expansion will add 6,100 square feet to its existing campus with capital investment estimated at $1.5 million. Read More!

Legacy Manufacturing Company announced they would move forward with expansion to its recently completed facility as a result of continued growth and success in reshoring U.S. manufacturing processes. In 2016, Legacy completed its 133,000 square foot facility located at 6509 Partners Avenue in Marion. The new warehouse expansion adds 200,000 square feet to Legacy’s existing location with capital investment estimated at $12M and a creation 13 new jobs, the Economic Alliance assisted in securing state and city assistance.

New Leader Manufacturing manufacturer of crop nutrient applicators, and Hi-Way® deicing spreaders and road maintenance equipment, announced they would officially move forward on a plan to expand its current Cedar Rapids facility located at 1330 76th Ave SW with $3.3M of investment and a proposed testing facility. The project is creating 14 high-quality jobs and serves to conduct extensive product testing on existing products and experimental equipment during product development.

Economic Development & Workforce News

Engaging Young Professional in the Community...It’s Easy!

Sep 26, 2022

Getting your young professional employees involved in the community is a key retention tool for the Cedar Rapids metro area. … Read More

Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Announce Another Round of Funding for Child Care Business Incentive Grants

Sep 26, 2022

The Economic Alliance team hears regularly from our members about their workforce challenges, and that includes access to child … Read More

Welcoming refugees essential to Iowa’s economic future

Aug 30, 2022

By Doug Neumann and Drew Kamp Though it’s a long drive on I-80 between Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs, our regional economies … Read More

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City Based Utilities

Affordable and abundant utilities are available by the City of Cedar Rapids. Due to the food processing and biotechnology industrial base, the area has an excess of water and wastewater treatment capacity capable of accommodating more than two million people. The current water treatment capacity is 65 million gallons per day. Visit the City of Cedar Rapids' Utilities page.

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