July 2019 edition

Key takeaways:
  • Top biotechnology companies attend conference in Iowa
  • Top companies locate at Alliant Energy’s Prairie View Industrial Center in Ames, Iowa
Attendees at the BIO World Conference

Alliant Energy's Growth Sites take the spotlight at biotechnology conference

Alliant Energy recently partnered with the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a sponsorship at the 2019 BIO World Congress in Des Moines, Iowa. The event attracted 572 companies from 35 countries within the biotechnology industry. Alliant Energy’s Economic Development team represented our Growth Sites including the Big Cedar Industrial Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Prairie View Industrial Center in Ames, Iowa to prospective companies.

Our team also co-hosted a reception with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority with 150 conference attendees. John Larsen, Chairman, President and CEO, spoke about Alliant Energy’s connection to the industry and the many benefits of establishing a production facility in our service area.

“Alliant Energy is honored to power some of the world’s largest bio-tech companies with our electricity and natural gas. Our 2,100 Iowa employees are proud to support the growth of biotechnology in the state,” John Larsen told attendees.

Companies throughout Alliant Energy’s service area are capitalizing on the agriculture and research capabilities in plant, animal and human biosciences that Wisconsin and Iowa provide. Alliant Energy is an energy solution partner to globally recognized companies including Cargill, ADM, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Roquette, Ajinomoto USA Inc., Ingredion Inc., Verbio, Catalent Biologicals and Wacker Chemie.

BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions and state biotechnology centers. The organization focuses on making advancements every day to deliver more nutritious food, cleaner-burning biofuels, healthier animals, cleaner water and a better standard of living for families across the state.

Aerial view of Prairie View Industrial Center

North America's food and fuel hotspot

Top companies locate at Alliant Energy's Prairie View Industrial Center in Ames, Iowa

Ames, Iowa is garnering more than its share of national recognition by quickly becoming a premiere location for food processing and biofuels. VERBIO, Lincolnway Energy and Barilla are all anchor tenants of Alliant Energy’s 730-acre Prairie View Industrial Center.

VERBIO, a leading manufacturer in the German biofuels market recently brought their technology to the area to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) made from corn stover and other cellulosic crop residues. Lincolnway Energy, a name plate 50 million-gallon-per year dry mill ethanol plant, assures a strong future for clean, renewable and domestically produced fuels. Pasta maker Barilla was attracted to the community by the unparalleled work ethic of Iowans and the agricultural expertise of Iowa State University.

These companies were drawn to Story County with its central location and healthy, growing economy. Ames is at the epicenter of these high growth industries with immediate access to Interstate 35, a major cross-country, north-south route connecting Mexico and Canada.

Land is still available at Prairie View Industrial Center for your next big project. The site has double-rail access and has been certified shovel ready to expedite the construction process and mitigate all development risks. When you locate at Prairie View Industrial Center, you partner with a sustainable energy provider. Alliant Energy is transforming its energy fleet to sustainable fuel sources with significant investments in wind energy.

Project roundup

The latest projects in Iowa and Wisconsin

Duluth Trading Company opening new distribution center in Dubuque, Iowa

Duluth Trading Company, which is based in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, will be opening a 102,000 square foot distribution center in Dubuque, Iowa. The facility will employ 12 full-time staff, as well as 200 or more seasonal part-time employees during the company's peak sales season which runs from August through February. The new operation will give more capacity to the company’s e-commerce distribution along with providing distribution to the company's 46 brick-and-mortar locations.

Duluth Trading Company is a 30-year-old lifestyle brand of men’s and women’s casual wear, workwear and accessories. Today, Duluth Trading Company stores are as far west as Colorado and as far east as Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The retailer has been in a high growth mode opening 16 new retail stores this fiscal year.

Kraft Heinz to launch new Ready-to-Eat dessert line in Mason City, Iowa

The Kraft Heinz facility in Mason City, Iowa will be growing and adding jobs as the company retools the facility to produce a new slate of ready-to-eat dessert products. The $62.8 million development includes new processing and packaging equipment, and the implementation of a new, ammonia-free refrigeration system. The project will create 32 jobs, bringing total employment at the plant to 171.

The Kraft Heinz Company is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. They have employees in 40 countries and sell products in nearly 200 countries. In addition to the Mason City operations, Alliant Energy also provides power to Kraft Heinz facilities in Cedar Rapids and Muscatine, Iowa and Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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