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.

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Business Retention & Expansion Team

Jamie Toledo, Services Manager at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance 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 Laura Thomas Data and Analytics Specialist
Jamie Toledo,
Services Manager
jtoledo@cedarrapids.org
Ron Corbett,
Business Retention
& Expansion Strategist
rcorbett@cedarrapids.org
Mike Lukan,
Local Business
Project Specialist
mlukan@cedarrapids.org
Laura Thomas,
Research and Analytics
Specialist
lthomas@cedarrapids.org

Recent Business Retention & Expansion Wins

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Community Gathers to Discuss Child Care Shortage & Determine Solutions

Sep 11, 2019

There’s a child care shortage in Iowa. On average, one in two children go without access to affordable, quality child care. Our … Read More

Hemp in Iowa: What the Economic Alliance is Working On

Economic Alliance | Sep 11, 2019

Hemp in Iowa. It’s a topic on many farmers’ and businesses’ minds. In the 2019 Iowa legislative session, Senate File 599 establi… Read More

Consul-General of Japan Visits Cedar Rapids and Marion With Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities in Mind

Economic Alliance | Aug 14, 2019

Last month, the Counsul-General of Japan, Mr. Naoki Ito visited Cedar Rapids and Marion to meet with local businesses and tour… Read More


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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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