Iowa’s 10 Industrial Sites “Development Ready”

With the addition of six more certified industrial sites – bringing the total to 10 – Iowa jumps to the top of the list for companies looking for Midwest expansion, a low cost of doing business and a talented labor pool.

Created in 2012, the Iowa Certified Site Program combines national site location standards with Iowa’s natural assets and business/targeted industries needs. The first four sites – all 200 plus acres – completed designation in 2014.


Along with the additional sites, the state also added a green building classification to its rigorous program. The Woodward Eco Business Park will be the pilot site and new applications for the green classification will be accepted July 2016.

Details about the six new sites below. For information on all of Iowa’s Certified Sites, click here.

Cedar Rapids Land and Air Super Park
Developable Acres: 582 acres
Zoning: Airport, Ag, Industrial, and Public
Proximity to Interstate: I380/1 mile; Hwy 30/2 miles
Rail Access: Yes
Organization: Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Eastern Iowa Industrial Center – Davenport
Developable Acres:  185.6 acres
Zoning: Light Industrial, Ag
Proximity to Interstate: I80/adjacent
Rail Access:  Yes
Organization:  Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corporation

Indianhead South – Mason City
Developable Acres: 145 acres
Zoning: Light Industrial
Proximity to Interstate: I35/8 miles; US18 and Hwy 27/1 mile
Rail Access: No
Organization: North Iowa Corridor Development Corporation

Perry Industrial Park – Perry
Developable Acres: 134 acres
Zoning: Light Industrial, Ag
Proximity to Interstate: I80/25 miles; Hwy 141/adjacent
Rail Access: No
Organization: Greater Dallas County Development Alliance

Marion Enterprise Center – Marion
Developable Acres: 130 acres
Zoning: Planned Development Commercial
Proximity to Interstate: I380/7 miles; Hwy 13 & Hwy 151/adjacent
Rail Access: No
Organization: Marion Economic Development Corporation

Ancell/Knox Property – Norwalk
Developable Acres: 55.79 acres
Zoning: Currently Ag
Proximity to Interstate: I35/10 miles; Hwy 28/adjacent
Rail Access: No
Organization: Warren County Economic Development Corporation

“Bottling Happiness” in Atlantic, Iowa

For fans of iconic Coca-Cola bottles, vending machines, apparel and other Coca-Cola memorabilia, Atlantic, Iowa is the place to be late September. The city will play host to the 23nd Annual Coca-Cola Celebration, Sept. 25 and 26. The celebration is second only to Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Collectors Convention in its appeal to collectors

Atlantic Bottling Company, one of Coca-Cola’s largest independent bottler/distributors has been processing and shipping Coca-Cola in southwestern and central Iowa for more than 90 years. The company began in Villisca as an ice and ice cream processor in 1905. Four years later founder Frank P “Perk” Tyler sold the business to his sons who began manufacturing soda called Tyler’s Flavors. With sales growing, the brothers acquired a creamery in Clarinda where they found a Coca-Cola franchise contract locked in a safe. They soon began adding Coca-Cola to their shipments, leading to yet more expansions that included the bottling plant in Atlantic. Today the company manufactures Coca-Cola products at the Atlantic facility and operates a sales and distribution facility in Waukee.

The theme for this year’s celebration is Bottling Happiness. The event kicks off with a soft drink tailgate party on Sept. 25 at Atlantic’s historic Rock Island Depot. The next day includes museum tours, a show, swap and sell event for collectors, and the annual meeting and dinner of the Iowa Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club.

Click on the posts below to read more about Iowa’s leading food, drink and ingredients manufacturers.

Iowa Food Manufacturer Expands to Meet Demand


Mrs. Clark’s Foods, maker of a wide variety of juices, sauces and dressings has recently announced expansion plans at its Ankeny, Iowa, facilities by nearly 70 percent to meet growing demand. The company will be adding 69,000 square feet of food manufacturing, refrigeration and warehouse space to its 100,000 square foot plant and adding 13 employees to its payroll. The capital investment is expected to hit $7.3 million.

The company manufactures its own branded products that are sold in Iowa supermarkets and served in school lunch programs around the country. It also contracts with other national and international food companies to manufacture products under customers’ proprietary brands. The company is one of the largest exporters of mayonnaise to the Arabian peninsula.

Founded in the 1920s, Mrs. Clark’s chose its Iowa location because the state produces an abundance of soybean oil and cornstarch that are used in its products.

Did you know Iowa is a major food hub?

  • Iowa is home to 34 of the largest 100 food manufacturers/processors (Source: Food
    Processing Magazine, 2014)
  • Iowa is the number one producer of corn, pork and eggs. (Source: USDA, 2014)
  • Over a fifth (21.4 %) of Iowa’s manufacturing GDP comes from the food processing industry.
  • More than 900 Iowa food processors generate nearly $37 billion worth of food products annually.

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