July 2018 edition

Key takeaways:
  • Alliant Energy to make $1.8 billion wind investment by end of 2020
  • Manufacturing sector significant in Iowa and Wisconsin
  • Iowa and Wisconsin receive high marks in Ball State manufacturing rankings

Customers and communities to benefit from clean, affordable energy

We’re investing $1.8 billion in wind energy today so that our customers can receive low-cost, renewable energy for decades.

We plan to add 1,000 megawatts of new wind energy – enough clean energy to power 430,000 Iowa homes. Wind has no fuel costs, which also helps provide cost stability to customers.

In May 2018, we announced plans to add a new 150-megawatt wind farm to the energy mix for Wisconsin customers. The Kossuth Wind Farm will generate enough energy for 70,000 homes. Pending regulatory approval, construction is expected to begin in summer 2019 with planned completion in fall 2020. We also finalized the acquisition of a 55-megawatt ownership interest in the Forward Wind Energy Center near Brownsville, Wisconsin.

“Our wind energy initiatives help keep rates competitive, enhance our environmental stewardship and drive economic growth in our communities,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “Wind energy is a major part of our transition to a clean energy future.”

Manufacturers play a major role in the global marketplace

Technological advancements made by Wisconsin and Iowa manufacturers lead the industry in productivity and sustainability. Industrial metal processing, precision machinery and electronic devices are highly specialized. This critical mass of expertise makes our service area worth investigating for companies seeking a competitive advantage.
Key industry advantages


  • Wisconsin has the second largest concentration of manufacturing in the U.S.
  • 93% of all Wisconsin exports are manufactured goods
  • The industrial machinery sector ranks first in Wisconsin for number of jobs


  • Advanced manufacturing is Iowa’s largest industry
  • 88% of Iowa’s exports are manufactured goods
  • Iowa has the second-largest congregation of construction equipment manufacturing employees
Education partnerships

Advanced manufacturers in Iowa and Wisconsin work with colleges and universities to recruit knowledgeable workers. Some centers of engineering excellence include:

University of Wisconsin, Madison – Enrollment of approximately 6,600 engineering students

  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering – Ranked #5 nationally
  • Materials engineering – Ranked #15 nationally
  • Mechanical engineering – Ranked #19 nationally

Iowa State University – Enrollment of 9,669 engineering students – undergraduate 7th largest nationally 

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering – Ranked #25 nationally
  • Mechanical Engineering – Ranked #36 nationally

University of Iowa – Enrollment of 2,482 engineering students

University of Wisconsin Platteville – Enrollment of 2,886 engineering students

Project roundup

The latest projects in Iowa and Wisconsin

LeSaffre opens Saf-Pro baking mix plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A French maker of baking products has expanded their production campus in Cedar Rapids.

LeSaffre Yeast Co., a subsidiary of the LeSaffre Group, recently celebrated the opening of Saf-Pro, a new blending facility that makes baking mixes for the growing artisanal baking market. The plant will produce custom baking mixes developed in consultation with customers for proprietary products along with their own baking mixes used by large restaurant chains and industrial bakeries.

The Cedar Rapids location brings the company’s baking products closer to the North American customers. Prior to opening the facility, the baking ingredients were being imported from France. Being local reduces the supply chain and makes the company more agile in addressing their customer needs.
TRU Aseptics launches state-of-the-art aseptic processing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin
TRU Aseptics, LLC recently completed improvements of the former WILD Flavors Aseptics Facility in Beloit, Wisconsin that it acquired from Archer Daniels Midland Company. The upgraded facility is now among the most flexible automated blending and advanced aseptic processing facilities in North America. The plant produces shelf-stable, preservative free minimally processed fruit, dairy, vegetable and plant-based juice ingredients for the food and beverage industry.

The updating of the facility and installation of new production equipment had a capital investment of $6.15 million and created 41 new jobs. The 65,000 square foot facility is a pure play contract manufacturing operation provides both low and high acid aseptic and HTST processing offering customers an affordable and responsive alternative to ingredient and beverage development challenges.
Diamond V's new manufacturing facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is springing up
Diamond V is a leading global animal health company manufacturing natural, fermentation-based, immune support products for animal health and performance. They began construction of their new 97,800 square foot South Plant 2 in late spring at their corporate campus in Cedar Rapids.

The new plant will be operational starting in May 2019. When all phases of the expansion are complete, the total cost is expected to exceed $70 million.

The expansion will double current production capacity by adding related manufacturing capabilities, including storage, fermentation, drying, grinding, packaging and transportation equipment. The plant expansion is expected to create nine new jobs initially with the potential for 26 new jobs in the next five years.
United Alloy launches expansion at Janesville, Wisconsin manufacturing complex
United Alloy Inc., a serial production metal fabrication and powder coating company, is investing $15 million to expand its operations in Janesville, Wisconsin.

The project is expected to create up to 66 jobs over the next three years. The new 100,000 square-foot facility will be located on a 17-acre lot adjacent to the company’s existing building. The new complex will include an entirely new painting system that will occupy about one-fourth of the building, while the rest of the facility would be used for assembly.

Construction on the expansion is expected to be completed by January 2019.

United Alloy is a preferred designer, manufacturer and powder coater of certified metal tanks, skids, frames, trailers, chassis and related products crafted to world-class quality standards in strategic partnership with Fortune 500 OEM customers.
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