March 2019 edition

Key takeaways:
  • Alliant Energy collaborates with college to redevelop old generating station
  • Alliant Energy Growth Site in Ottumwa, Iowa gains certification
  • 315,000 square foot food grade facility available in Creston, Iowa

Generating station reuse brings new energy to Beloit College

Aerial view of Beloit College

Alliant Energy collaborated with Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin to redevelop the company’s 100-year-old former Blackhawk Generating Station building into a sustainably designed one-of-a-kind student union and recreational center.

This exciting $38 million private-public partnership converts a cavernous plant into a vibrant seven story complex that will house a coffee shop, a conference center, a theater, a competition-style swimming pool and turf field house for football, softball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. The redeveloped building is called The Powerhouse and will open to students in fall 2019.

The usual process for Alliant Energy would have been to take down the facility structure as the company has done with other retired generating stations. But thanks to the Beloit College’s vision and a positive relationship, we had the opportunity to do something truly unique together by pressing this century-old building back into service.

To make this dream a reality, Alliant Energy removed internal equipment and infrastructure, and mitigated asbestos and other environmental concerns while providing Beloit College three years to raise approximately $30 million for the redevelopment of the building. Once the dollars were raised, Alliant Energy finished the internal building structure cleanup and transferred the structure to the college for a very small fee.

Ultimately, this project is about connections. Our Blackhawk Generating Station literally had direct connections – through poles and wires – to this region when it provided energy and soon this structure and its history will connect directly with the students of Beloit College.

Alliant Energy Growth Site gains certification

Terry Kouba speaking in front of crowd
Helgerson Flats Industrial Center in Ottumwa, Iowa celebrated completion of the Iowa Site Certification Program through Quest Site Solution. Helgerson Flats is an 82-plus acre site located two miles from four-lane U.S. Highways 63 and 149. All site due diligence is completed and the resulting issues are mitigated, making the site “risk free”, which helps accelerate the development schedule.

Companies exploring expansions or new operations often do not have the luxury of dedicating substantial amounts of time to the site location process. Having a site where all the development questions have been asked and answered demonstrates that Ottumwa is open for business and prepared to welcome new investment.

“As a certified industrial site, there are 82 acres of opportunity at Helgerson Flats,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “This investment helps us grow our communities, add customers and help manage costs for our existing customers at the same time.

Alliant Energy Growth Sites are industrial sites with a minimum of 80 acres, are served by Alliant Energy electric and/or natural gas, and are certified development-ready by a qualified third party. If you are interested in Helgerson Flats or any of our other sites, contact Mark Seckman, Senior Business Attraction Manager at (319) 786-4392 or markseckman@alliantenergy.com.

Project roundup

The latest projects in Iowa and Wisconsin

Food manufacturers plan Midwest expansions

Alliant Energy has drawn the attention of global leaders in the food production industry, serving 21 of the 100 largest food manufacturers in the nation across our Iowa and Wisconsin service area. Our company prides itself in being an energy solutions partner that helps our customers mitigate the risks of keeping pace with the rapidly changing consumer demands within the food industry.

In first quarter 2019, Alliant Energy is assisting four of our food processing customers to launch expansion projects. Prairie Farms Dairy chose their Dubuque, Iowa plant over their other 43 production facilities to invest in a new milk bottling operation. JBS USA selected their Ottumwa, Iowa operation for additional bacon processing and slicing capacity. Milk Specialties Global, an industry-leading dairy protein manufacturer picked their Fond du Lac, Wisconsin location to increase production of sweet whey powder. Lastly, agricultural giant Cargill is upgrading their soybean processing plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

If your food processing clients are looking to expand or relocate into new Midwest markets, you will find that Alliant Energy understands their industry. In addition, your client’s companies will reach all major population centers in the upper Midwest within a day’s drive, covering more than 22% (72 million) of the U.S population. Our market also provides your client with a motivated and well-educated workforce. Iowa State University’s Food Science Program educates students on chemistry and physics as they apply to improving food quality, safety and nutrition, while the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers undergraduate and Master degrees in food science. This means our market ensures a steady stream of food specialists entering the labor pool.

Blow Molder Schoeneck Containers expanding in Delavan, Wisconsin

Plastics manufacturer Schoeneck Containers is constructing a new 250,000 square-foot manufacturing facility on a 46 acre site in Delavan Wisconsin. The new $10.5 million project near Interstate 43 will include production, warehouse and office space. The new facility is expected to create 40 jobs once it opens at the end of the first quarter of 2019 with an additional 20 jobs within three years.

Schoeneck Containers was founded in 1972 and supplies containers to the food, beverage, personal care, household, industrial, nutraceutical, wipes and pet care segments to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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