May 2018 edition

Key takeaways:
  • Alliant Energy solar project wins award for sustainable construction
  • Food processing and ingredients industry continues to grow in Iowa and Wisconsin
  • New certified site available for development in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Skilled workforce available in in Fond Lac, Wisconsin and Burlington, Iowa 

Alliant Energy's Dubuque, Iowa solar project wins Envision Platinum rating for sustainable infrastructure

In 2017, Alliant Energy invested $14 million in a grid modernization project to build solar capacity in two separate sites in Dubuque. One was the smaller industrial brownfield reclamation site near the Port of Dubuque and the other was near the West Dubuque industrial park.

The West Dubuque site is the largest solar garden in Iowa. Together, the sites produce about 6.2 megawatts annually, enough to power about 850 Iowa homes.

Our solar project is leading the way for sustainable construction. The Dubuque solar project is the first solar project to earn an Envision Platinum award. It’s the second project in the state to earn this award – their highest honor. The first project was our Marshalltown Generating Station.

New 70 acre Alliant Energy Growth Site in Janesville, Wisconsin

The certified site is located near the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport and is just 1.4 miles from interstate 39-90 interchange, adding to the list of shovel-ready sites within Alliant Energy’s service area. Janesville is located in the heart of the Midwest. Its location within the larger region together with its existing infrastructure put it in a good position to attract businesses dependent on mass distribution.

Located less than two hours of interstate driving from Milwaukee and Chicago; one day hauls include such destinations as the Twin Cities, Des Moines, Lansing, Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne to over 30 million people. The 70 acre site was recently certified by Ady International and the Austin Company. The sale price for the land is $34,303 per acre.

The site in Janesville would be an excellent location for advanced manufacturing, food processing and technology, health care and medical technology, logistics and supply chain, and value-added agriculture.

For more detailed information about this property or other Alliant Energy Growth Sites, contact:

Mark Seckman
Senior Economic Development Manager
(319) 786-4392

Project roundup

The latest projects in Iowa and Wisconsin

ReConserve, Inc. set to open new facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

ReConserve, Inc., a Santa Monica California-based company will be opening their new $12 million production facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa later this month.

ReConserve processes bakery waste, cereal grain, snack foods and related by-products and converts it into animal feed ingredients. The new operation will bring the company closer to food manufacturers such as Quaker, Treehouse Foods and General Mills, which provide its feedstock.

The new, 61,000-square-foot facility will bring 24 new jobs to community.

Toledo Molding & Die Inc. creates 118 news jobs in Beloit, Wisconsin

Toledo Molding & Die Inc. (TMD) located the company’s first Wisconsin plant in Beloit at the Wisconsin Stateline Industrial Park near Interstate 90/39, where they manufacture molded plastic automotive parts for Jeep Cherokees produced at the Fiat Chrysler Automotive plant in Belvidere, IL.

TMD invested more than $14 million in the 105,000-square-foot industrial building.

Wisconsin’s competitive edge against Illinois consisted of its economic assets, powerful industry capabilities, the availability and quality of the workforce, accessible location in the region and pro-business policies such as its Manufacturing and Ag Tax Credit, which eliminates almost entirely tax on income from manufacturing activity in the state.

World Class Industries Inc. announces expansion project in Hiawatha, Iowa

World Class Industries, Inc., a global supply chain integration specialist, announced an $8 million business expansion development in Hiawatha, Iowa. The first phase of the expansion project at the 13 acre site is the construction of a new 50,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facility to support new project incubation and product launches. The operation will create 28 new jobs. Plans call for the groundbreaking to take place in August, with occupancy of the structure in April 2019.

World Class Industries is a global leader in simplifying supply chains, serving as a resource and direct supplier to the world’s largest original equipment manufacturers such as Caterpillar and John Deere.

Vortex Optics opens new world headquarters in Barneveld, Wisconsin

Vortex Optics is moving into their new state-of-the-art facility in Barneveld, Wisconsin. The $32 million facility will employ 200 people, most of who will live within 50 miles of the business.

Vortex products include binoculars, spotting scopes, riflescopes, and other optical equipment. Vortex has dealers located throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Australia and elsewhere. A few of the US dealers include Bass Pro Shop, Cabela’s, Scheels, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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Alliant Energy Growth Sites

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