Clickstop Is On the Go

Company-paid health insurance. 401k match. Competitive salary. Ping pong. Tuition assistance. The occasional loaf of banana bread. With benefits and perks like these, it’s no surprise Clickstop has been voted one of the Coolest Places to Work by the Corridor Business Journal for the third year in a row.

Clickstop is an online merchant headquartered in Urbana (25 minutes north of Cedar Rapids in eastern Iowa) that operates websites in several specialty categories, including moving supplies and building products. There’s no doubt Clickstop works hard – they’ve been growing for years, after all – but they play hard, too. Said CEO Tim Guenther, “This award is especially meaningful to us because it’s based on honest responses from our employees. We want our employees to work hard, but we also want them to be happy.”

Director Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority meets with Clickstop CEO, Tim Guenther about workforce opportunities/challenges facing Iowa’s rural areas.
Director Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority meets with Clickstop CEO, Tim Guenther about workforce opportunities/challenges facing Iowa’s rural areas.

And soon, even more employees will have the opportunity to be happy at Clickstop. That’s because they recently announced a $6 million expansion (including 50,000 square feet of new building space) that will be completed by August 2016 and add 100 new jobs by 2018. This is an addition that won’t only benefit Clickstop – it will also benefit the economies of Urbana and Benton County.

It’s not unusual for Iowa businesses to see this kind of growth. That’s because our business climate provides all kinds of companies – from those in advanced manufacturing to financial services – just the right mix of low costs and business assistance to help them thrive.

It’s like Guenther said, “We’re excited to see what the future holds.”

So are we, Clickstop. So are we.

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.

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