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Advantages

OVER $2.2 BILLION DOLLARS OF INVESTMENT POWERING OUR POSITIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT.

North Central Iowa is a great location for business. This region is definitely an active and productive place to be. Our core competencies are advanced manufacturing, anything to do with agriculture, food processing and renewable energy. From our logistical advantages to the possibility of free land to build on we invite you to consider the many benefits of a North Central Iowa location.

The Iowa Department of Economic Development statistics substantiate why your business should choose Iowa. Get the details here.

Policy Advantages
It's about making the environment a positive one for business.

  • Iowa is a Right-to-Work state.
  • No sales and use tax including machinery and equipment
  • No personal property tax and this includes saleable goods, inventory and goods-in-process.
  • We offer you up to 50% federal deductibility of your Iowa corporate income tax.
  • Iowa's workers compensation is one of the lowest in the nation.

Location Advantages
Is your business in need of some good connections? You can begin by using these:

  • Interstate 35 connects Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN and Des Moines, IA through our region.
  • Avenue of the Saints (I-35, US 18, Iowa 27) connects St. Paul and St. Louis right through our region.
  • Strong network of state highways & well maintained county roads connecting communities and providing regional workforce of 100,000+ routes to jobs.
  • Class I railroad mainlines, numerous Class II and short-line railroads, providing superior rail connectivity.
  • Multiple electric utility providers 
Go Green
Our renewable energy profile, particularly as it speaks to wind, is one of the very best in the country providing 31.3% of our electric utility generation through our wind farms.  And there is more coming. Both Mid American Energy and Alliant Energy have announced billions of dollars of investment in wind, creating high quality jobs and contributing to our commitment to renewable energy.

You'd Be In Great Company
From Fortune 100 and 500 companies to entrepreneurs who have made it big, here are our major companies in no particular order


Kraft/Heinz - Cargill Kitchen Solutions -  RR Donnelly - Unicover - Winnebago - Sukup Manufacturing - Valent BioSciences - SeaBee's A Ligon Corporation - Valero Energy - Mitas Tires North America - IMT - Omnium/Land O'Lakes - Advanced Drainage Systems - Fox River Mills - Grain MIllers - Larson - Cambrex Corporation - Malt O Meal - McKesson 


"We feel privileged that our factory is located in North Central Iowa. As we visit with other manufactures around the country we realize how fortunate we are to have employees with such an excellent work ethic. Their attendance is great, they work hard and the turnover is low. In fact, we have many people who have worked for us for 25, 30 and even 35 years. The local, regional and state officials are also great supporters- always willing to quickly assist whenever needed and to congratulate us on our successes."
Becky Lessard, VP Finance and Administration, Fox River Mills, Osage